It has been reported that Norwegian singer Alexandra Joner will be making a return to Melodi Grand Prix in a bid to become Norway’s representative at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Alexandra Joner is among a host of big names that have been speculated as a participant in the upcoming national final. It has also been widely suggested that Alexandra will be joined on her track by a Sami rapper, with a likely candidate fitting that description being SlinCrazy. SlinCrazy was the recipient of the Hebba Award for Sami Artist of the Year back in 2013.
Alexandra had previously attempted to represent Norway in 2015 with her song “Cinderella”. However in Melodi Grand Prix she didn’t manage to reach the Gold Final and so was eliminated in the first round of the contest.
Alongside Alexandra Joner and SlinCrazy being rumoured at this stage, other names with varying levels of reliability include Oda who attempted to represent Norway in 2014. It has been reported she has sent a song called “Heart vs. Brain” written by JOWST.
JOWST represented Norway in 2017 alongside Aleksander Walmann with the song “Grab the Moment” which finished 10th. JOWST had revealed on his social media that he had hoped to send a song to Eurovision 2019 to represent the UK but his entry was rejected by the BBC. It is as of yet unknown whether this rumoured entry for Oda is in fact the same song that JOWST had sent to the BBC.
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”.
Melodi Grand Prix 2019 will take place on March 2 at the Oslo Spektrum. It will be hosted by Kåre Magnus Bergh and Heidi Ruud Ellingsen.
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.