NRK has opened the submissions window for Melodi Grand Prix 2020, just one day after the 2019 winner was selected.
From today until May 17, 2019 songs can be submitted to NRK to compete in the 2020 edition of Melodi Grand Prix. The broadcaster has opened the submissions window earlier this year as they want to work on the quality of the submissions received. Speaking last year Stig Karlsen explained the changes:
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 rules of the submissions are similar as to in previous years. However small changes have been made:
- All registered entries must have a minimum of one Norwegian songwriter on the team
- Each producer / songwriter can submit a maximum of three songs
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”.
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.