NRK has announced that it will be broadcasting an alternative to Eurovision 2020 on May 15, with the Norwegian public voting for its winner.
NRK the Norwegian broadcaster joins the likes of Australia, Sweden and Austria in giving the public the chance to vote for its winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2020. On May 15 NRK will be broadcast a live show hosted by the new Norwegian commentator Marte Stokstad, in which the Norwegian public will come together to vote for their winner plus guests and music live from the studio.
Voting for the alternative show will open in May on nrk.no/mgp, the acts that receive the highest number of votes will progress into the television show and be voted on live by the public.
NRK will be broadcasting also be Adresse Europa every Saturday from tomorrow. The show which has traditionally previewed the songs competing in the Eurovision Song Contest, will be looking for the best moments from Eurovision history. Marte Stokstad will be joined by Ingeborg Heldal, former MGP-general Per Sundnes, artist Bendik (Silje Halstensen) and stylist Jan Thomas.
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.