NRK has admitted that technical problems have so far affected the voting system of the First Two Heats of Melodi Grand Prix.
NRK revealed that an issue with the voting system used so far in this years MGP has resulted in some users votes not being counted. NRK has stated that only users voting on devices with older iOS and Android operating systems were impacted.
Due to this the number of users affected was overall not significant enough to have had a big impact on the results so far. NRK stated that they did not affect the outcomes of the first two shows which saw Blåsemafian feat. Hazel and Raylee win their respective heats.
The news of technical problems affecting MGP is not new. Last year due to the failure of the online vote in the MGP final, a backup jury had to be used to determine which of the four acts would qualify for the next round. In that case the failure was partially blamed emojis reaction that viewers could give, which overwhelmed the system leading to the failure.
To prevent last year’s scandal from happening again the technical department made major changes to the system for 2021. However, it now seems these changes may have resulted in the current problems plaguing the voting system.
Image Source: Julia Marie Naglestad/NRK. | Source: VG
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.