A total of 40 songs will participate in next year’s edition of Melodi Grand Prix, according to reports.
Norwegian broadcaster NRK is looking for 40 songs to participate in Melodi Grand Prix 2020, which will be used not only to select the country’s next Eurovision entrant, but will also celebrate 60 years of Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest.
The schedule for the competition is looking to be set out as follows:
- Show 1 – 8 songs compete from Northern Norway
- Show 2 – 8 songs compete from Central Norway
- Show 3 – 8 songs compete from Western Norway
- Show 4 – 8 songs compete from Eastern Norway
- Show 5 – 8 songs compete from Southern Norway
- Final – 2 qualifiers from each show make up the final 10
Each show is set to take place in the Norwegian capital Oslo, but no date has been set yet.
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 and their song “Spirit in the Sky”. They finished in 6th place overall.
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.