VG reports that voting issues affected the final of Melodi Grand Prix 2021, with a number of viewers reporting being unable to vote.
Voting issues have again occurred in Melodi Grand Prix, with a number of viewers reporting that they were unable to vote through the NRK website. Inge Thorud the Head of Audience Products for NRK commented:
“We received a record number of votes throughout the broadcast yesterday, and a far greater commitment than last year. But we are naturally not happy when there are audience members who experience problems, and understand that it is experienced as frustrating.”
Inge explained that the voting error was caused by the system interpreting large volumes are traffic as suspicious activity. NRK explained that over the course of the show 2 million votes were cast. He went on to add:
“The scope (of the issue) has been very small compared to the total number of users who voted yesterday, and has not affected any of the results in the three rounds of voting.”
TIX will represent Norway at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021, he had been one of the favourites to win the contest since his first performance. TIX will perform in the second half of the first semi-final on May 18.
Image: 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.