Kåre Magnus Bergh, Ingrid Gjessing Linhave and Ronny Brede Aase have been revealed as the presenters for Melodi Grand Prix 2020.
Kåre Magnus Bergh returns to the role of host of MGP for a sixth time and will be joined by Ingrid Gjessing Linhave and Ronny Brede Aase.
Ingrid has presented many shows on NRK and private broadcaster TV2 but her biggest dream has always been to present Melodi Grand Prix:
“I have six hours on tape where I have my own MGP show. I was about 7-8 years old and told my family to leave me alone, and then there was the cassette player, microphone and piano, and then I pretended to be all the participants, from all countries of the world in every possible fantasy language. I was overjoyed when I found out the news. There is something about getting to work on programs you have seen on TV and dreamed about. Getting to be a part of it is absolutely amazing.”
Ronny Brede Aase, who is best known for his work on P3morgen on NRK P3 Radio, shared his nerves about hosting such a big event:
“It gets a little nerve-wracking, and it is very different compared to what I’ve done before. But this is all about partying, music and fun. And even though I’m not a particularly glamourous person, I’m always ready for a party.”
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 final of Melodi Grand Prix 2020 will be held in Trondheim Spektrum on February 15. This will only be the third time in history that the final of Melodi Grand Prix has been held outside of Oslo. 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.