NRK, the Norwegian national broadcaster, has revealed that the final of Melodi Grand Prix 2020 will be held in Trondheim.
The final of Melodi Grand Prix 2020 will be held in Trondheim Spektrum on February 15. Trondheim is located in central Norway around 500 km north of Oslo and is the third largest city in Norway. This will only be the third time in history that the final of Melodi Grand Prix has been held outside of Oslo. The 1985 and 1989 contests were both held in Stavanger in western Norway.
Stig Karlsen, the project manager for Melodi Grand Prix 2020, stated in today’s press release: “
“It is high time that we arrange the finals somewhere other than in Oslo, and we are very much looking forward to throwing a party for everyone in Trondheim on February 15. People can expect a huge show, with confetti, pyro and great artists with great songs. It will be a fantastic show in Trondheim.”
Rita Ottervik, the mayor of Trondheim, is also excited about hosting the contest in her city:
“It will be amazing to showcase our new beautiful hall for the whole country in such a show. The opportunities this provides for those living in the area to come and join are absolutely fabulous.”
Trondheim Spektrum was built between 2014 and 2019 and just opened this past autumn. The venue was chosen by the organisers to host the final of Melodi Grand Prix 2020 because it has the space needed to host such an event.
Melodi Grand Prix 2020 will begin on January 11 and continue every Saturday until February 15. The semi-finals will be broadcast live from the H3 Arena in Fornebu, just oustide Oslo. Five songs have been chosen for the final already and will be joined by one qualifier from each of the semi-finals. The schedule for the competition is 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 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 in the Eurovision Song Contest
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.