Stig Karlsen the Head of Delegation for Norway has revealed that the back up jury voted on the studio versions of the songs.
NRK has revealed that the back up jury that determined the four finalists in Melodi Grand Prix last night, voted only on the studio recordings of the competing songs. The 30 member jury voted on Friday and did not see any of the performances from the show before voting.
The broadcaster explained that the 30 members of the jury will not be made public. The jurors were normal members of the public who did not have a link to the broadcaster or the music industry in Norway. Stig Karlsen explained that:
I have followed the jury through the semi-finals, and can say that the votes we have received from the people have been in line with what this jury has given
The back up jury was used last night to cut the ten performers down to four who would progress to the next round. The jury was used after the failure of the online vote during the first round. NRK has added that the online vote had been fixed just before it was announced that a back up jury had been used, but that it was too late to start the online vote again.
All of the artists competing in Melodi Grand Prix were made aware of the use of a back up jury in January. Stig Karlsen has spoken to a number of the artists who wished to meet him, with a mixed reaction from the participants. Some have accepted the use of a back up jury, while others wished that the vote could have started again.