Norway will select their participant for the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 on February 20.
Speaking to ESC Norge, Stig Karlsen, the Norwegian Head of Delegation has announced the dates of Melodi Grand Prix. The Norwegian selection will commence on January 16th and run for six weeks culminating in the Grand Final on February 20.
The show will take place at the H3 arena in Bærum and will be held in two combined studios to create a larger setting for Melodi Grand Prix than last years semi-final broadcasts. Mr Karlsen explained that despite the shows all be being broadcast from the same location there will be a difference between the semi-finals and final:
It will be noticed that the final is the final. We’ll be pushing a few more buttons that night.
The acts competing in Melodi Grand Prix 2021 are expected to be revealed in the same manner as for the 2020 contest. The first set of acts competing are likely to be revealed on January 9.
Image Source: NRK / Source: ESC Norge
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.