The final of Melodi Grand Prix 2019 was the least watched since the 2014 contest, which saw just over 750,000 viewers tuned in.
A total of 961,000 viewers on average were watching the final of Melodi Grand Prix 2019 on Saturday evening, the show peaked at 1.017 million viewers. The number of viewers who tuned in to the competition was watched by an average of 40,000 viewers less than last year and had a viewing share 6.9% lower than 2018.
Overall the final of Melodi Grand Prix was the fourth most watched program on Norwegian television. The Head of the contest Stig Karlsen commented:
We are very pleased to pass the million mark and end up with an average of 961.000 viewers. MGP continues to be a music show that creates a party, collects and engages people every year for only one year
Who are KEiiNO?
KEiiNO is a group made up of Sámi rapper and joiker Fred-René Buljo, and Norwegian singers Tom Hugo Hermansen and Alexandra Rotan. The latter are no strangers to Melodi Grand Prix, as they both appeared in the 2018 edition of the contest, with Alexandra finishing in the superfinal alongside Stella Mwangi. The trio created KEiiNO towards the end of 2018, specifically for Melodi Grand Prix.
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.