The Head of Delegation for Norway, Stig Karlsen, has revealed more details about the format of Melodi Grand Prix 2020.
Stig Karlsen, the Norwegian Head of Delegation, has revealed new details about Melodi Grand Prix 2020. Speaking on a live stream with escNorge, Mr Karlsen revealed how the 2020 selection process for Eurovision will work.
Five Pre-Qualified Finalists
Five artists have been selected to qualify straight through to the final. The five artists were selected by a jury, and will be revealed at a press conference on January 3. On the Friday before each semi-final, one of the songs will be revealed, with a live performance in the semi-final the following days.
Four Competing Acts Per Semi-Final
On the Monday of each week of Melodi Grand Prix, the four acts competing in each semi-final will be revealed. In the semi-final, the four artists will compete in duels. With one artist then winning the semi-final and qualifying for the final on February 15.
NRK has opted to remove international juries from Melodi Grand Prix, meaning that the public will have complete say in who will represent Norway in Rotterdam. Mr Karlsen, explained that as a jury has already selected five acts to go straight to the final, it should be up to the public to select the other finalists and the winner.
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 – 1 qualifier from each show joins the five pre-qualified acts make up the final 10
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.