Norwegian broadcasters NRK have revealed information with regards to how the public will choose the song for Norway at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest ahead of the grand final of Melodi Grand Prix this Saturday.
The broadcasters state that with their major entertainment programs they wish to focus more on using online voting going forward due to it being free of charge for viewers.
During the grand final of Melodi Grand Prix, the first round of online voting will open on NRK’s website once all ten finalists have performed. Voters have to specify which region of Norway they are voting from.
The voting will be split into 3 different stages, the first round whittles the field down to a final four. After this round, a short recap of the four remaining entries will be played, entries will not be performed again at this stage. Voting will then reopen in order to reduce the entries down again to a final 2.
Once the voting brings the selection to the final two entries, the entries will be performed once again before the online voting resumes for a final time for Norway to select the winner.
This year’s results are based 100% on online voting, seeing the abolition of international juries in the final. Online votes will have three votes they can cast in each of three round of voting. It is worth noting that the votes will be reset after each round.
The running order for the grand final is as follows:
- Raylee – Wild
- Didrik & Emil – Out of Air
- Magnus Bokn – Over The Sea
- Akuvi – Som du er
- Kristin Husøy – Pray For Me
- Rein Alexander – One Last Time
- Tone Damli – Hurts Sometimes
- Sondrey – Take My Time
- Ulrikke Brandstorp – Attention
- Liza Vassilieva – I Am Gay
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.
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.