The dates of Norway’s Eurovision national selection show have been revealed.
Speaking to the head of Melodi Grand Prix, Stig Karlsen, escNorge has revealed more information regarding next year’s national selection. The first semi-final of five will take place on 11th January 2020, with four more semi-finals following each week up until the Grand Final on 15th February.
Despite previous reports that 40 songs would participate across the six shows, it has been revealed that only 20 songs are set to compete. 10 songs will make it to the final.
The schedule for the competition is looking to be set out as follows:
- Show 1 – 4 songs compete from Northern Norway
- Show 2 – 4 songs compete from Central Norway
- Show 3 – 4 songs compete from Western Norway
- Show 4 – 4 songs compete from Eastern Norway
- Show 5 – 4 songs compete from Southern Norway
- Final – 2 qualifiers from each show make up the final 10
One qualifier from each semi-final will be decided by public vote. It will be up to the jury to select the other qualifier.
The submissions deadline passed earlier this week, with Karlsen revealing that they had received “between 500 and 600 songs”. He also stated that they’re focusing on quality over quantity.
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.