NRK has announced changes to the rules of Melodi Grand Prix for the 2020 edition of the competition.
Stig Karlsen, who oversees Melodi Grand Prix, has revealed that changes are to be made to the submission rules and dates for Melodi Grand Prix 2020. MGP 2020 submissions will be accepted from March 2, 2019, which is the date of the final of Melodi Grand Prix 2019, and closing on May 17th.
In addition all submissions to the competition must have at least one Norwegian songwriter in the team. Furthermore, each producer or songwriter is only allowed to submit up to three songs in to the selection process. NRK has announced these changes early to ensure that music industry professionals have time to prepare for the 2020 contest.
Mr Karlsen explained the changes stating that an earlier submission deadline;
Give(s) us more time to work intensively after we know what has come in during the open submission. We want more time for auditions, and more time to work with targeted inquiries to composers, songwriters and artists.
The music will be ready for launch in January, with all that it involves of preparations. Similarly, work on the scene numbers of the TV broadcast must commence in November. There is a lot of work behind a massive production like MGP, which the regular viewer does not think about.
The changes will likely effect the number of songs that are submitted to Melodi Grand Prix, Mr Karlsen added;
We will definitely get fewer songs, but that’s also the point. We want a more focused and targeted effort, and less assembly line production. Quality in front of quantity.
Norway debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1960, and have won the contest three times – in 1985, 1995 and 2009. The country has the dubious record of finishing last the most times, eleven in total, and have received nul points four times. Norway last won the contest in 2009 when Alexander Rybak broke all records with his song “Fairytale”. He scored 387 points in the final, receiving 16 sets of 12 points and scoring points from every country.