NRK has extended the submissions deadline for Melodi Grand Prix 2020 until July 31.
The Norwegian national broadcaster has extended the submissions deadline for Melodi Grand Prix 2020. NRK has extended the deadline for interested singers and songwriters to July 31.
Melodi Grand Prix, will celebrate its 60th anniversary next year. In light of this, the 2020 edition will be made up of five semi-finals and one grand final, as opposed to the one grand final seen this year. Each show will take place live in Oslo, but will focus on artists from the following regions:
- Northern Norway
- Central Norway
- Western Norway
- Eastern Norway
- Southern Norway
It’s down to the Norwegian public to decide which artist qualifies from each semi-final, with the jury also choosing their favourite from each show to qualify, making a total of ten finalists. In the final, the public will decide who will represent the country at the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest.
Norway won the televote at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019, with KEiiNO scoring 291 points, 30 points ahead of the eventual winner Duncan Laurence.
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.