Melodi Grand Prix 2021 has been given the green light, with Stig Karlsen revealing more details about the nations Eurovision selection.
Stig Karlsen, the Project Manager for Melodi Grand Prix and Norwegian Head of Delegation at Eurovision, has spoken to Dagbladet regarding the nations 2021 selection process. He explained:
MGP 2021 will be big and hefty! Obviously there will be fewer spectators in the hall. We will offer TV magic, and take innovative measures to create close contact between the stage and the audience
Six shows will be held again following the format of the 2020 selection, the shows will again be held on Saturday nights in the new year. Currently NRK has no defined plans regarding an audience for the shows, but will continue to follow guidance from the Government.
Ulrikke who was due to compete in Eurovision 2020, will not be competing to represent her nation in 2021. Ulrikke’s manager did however confirmed that:
She will be part of the show and is really looking forward to it, but not as a participant. In 2021, we focus on a number of new and very exciting projects that we look forward to everyone seeing and hearing.
Submissions for Melodi Grand Prix 2021 closed last weekend. The acts competing in the Norwegian selection are expected to be revealed in the New Year.
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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.