NRK has revealed that Kåre Magnus Bergh and Heidi Ruud Ellingsen will host the final of MGP 2019 on March 2.
The Norwegian national broadcaster has today revealed the hosts of MGP 2019 which will be held at the Oslo Spektrum on March 2. Kåre Magnus Bergh returns to the role of host of MGP for a fifth time and will be joined for the first time by Heidi Ruud Ellingsen. Heidi said about being announced as one of the hosts;
It’s a glorious mission to host a program that engages so heavily. I look at this with terrible excitement, but most of delight. I am an artist myself, and I know what participants are going through. I’m probably going to get into this job. And then it will be our job to get the artists to shine.
The artists and songs that will be competing in Melodi Grand Prix 2019 will be revealed at a press conference on January 25. Melodi Grand Prix has been used to select all but three of Norway’s Eurovision entrants since 1960. Norway didn’t take part in the 1970 and 2002 Eurovision Song Contests, and therefore didn’t host MGP those years, and didn’t hold the contest in 1991 as they felt the entries were of “too low quality”.
Alexander Rybak returned to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2018 to represent his country Norway for the second time. He placed 15th in the Grand Final with his song “That’s How You Write A Song”. In 2009, he gave Norway their latest victory with “Fairytale”.
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.