NRK, the Norwegian national broadcaster, has revealed that there will be no audience for the first five shows of Melodi Grand Prix 2022.
Stig Karlsen, Head Producer of Melodi Grand Prix, explained:
“Unfortunately, we are in a far more demanding situation than last time, and are now taking a number of measures to limit the risk of infection and quarantine. We therefore find ourselves forced to run MGP completely without an audience during the semi-final and second chance round.
MGP is Norway’s largest music show, and a very important event for the Norwegian people through January and February. We must as far as possible minimise the risk associated with the implementation of the TV show.”
The organisers are hoping that an audience will be allowed for the Grand Final but they waiting on updated Covid-19 sanitary measures from the Norwegian government closer to the time.
Everyone who has bought tickets for the semi-finals and second chance round will get these refunded within six to eight weeks. The ticket company will notify any affected buyers and will refund the money.
Even though an audience will not be present, Stig Karlsen ensures that everyone watching at home will have a lot to look forward to:
“We have a great line-up of songs and artists, and are planning for a memorable MGP that will include everything you expect from Norway’s biggest music show, and a little more.
Even if we do not have the audience physically present in the arena, we will take the viewers and all the fans out there into the broadcast in different ways. We look forward to throwing a party for everyone at a time when we really need it.”
A total of 21 acts are set to compete in Melodi Grand Prix 2022 across six weeks. The schedule for the shows is as follows:
- January 15 – Semi-Final One
- January 22 – Semi-Final Two
- January 29 – Semi-Final Three
- February 5 – Semi-Final Four
- February 12 – Second Chance Round
- February 19 – Grand Final
Image Source: EBU / Thomas Hanses | Source: NRK
Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest
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.