Norway’s national broadcaster NRK is already planning ahead for next year’s Eurovision. Submissions are now able to be sent for Melodi Grand Prix 2023.
Melodi Grand Prix – What we know so far
With Eurovision 2022 only one month ago, Norway are fast preparing for the upcoming edition of their national selection, abbreviated to MGP.
MGP has expanded its format for the past two years, incorporating singers and songwriters from every corner of Norway. This year is no exception, with NRK announcing region-specific semi-finals will return for the 2023 edition of the competition. No changes have been announced regarding the status of automatic qualifiers, which make it to the final. The show is expected to take place in early January 2023, with the final due to fall in February.
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NRK also published the rules for the upcoming edition of MGP, with a desire for at least one songwriter to be of Norwegian descent when submitting songs. Songwriters can also be involved in a maximum of three entries submitted to the broadcaster. Participating artists must be aged 16 or over, in line with Eurovision rules.
Interested artists have until September 18th at 23:59 CET to enter the competition. NRK will reveal more information once the competing acts have been selected.
“Open to all kinds of music”
Speaking to NRK, Norway’s Head of Delegation Stig Karlsen called for a variety of genres to be submitted. In a statement, he said:
The invitation is open to anyone who writes songs. This is a unique chance to try and grab a place in the world’s biggest music competition. We are open to all kinds of music within a broad understanding of the pop genre. It can be anything from sophisticated beautiful pop songs, to bone-hard rock, pink chewing gum pop, and everything in between,Stig Karlsen, Head of Delegation for Norway
Melodi Grand Prix is one of Norway’s most popular TV shows, drawing in a regular audience of around one million people. The show is also one of the most talked about shows in the country, consistently dominating headlines in Norway during the semi-final season.
Norway’s path to Eurovision 2023
The Scandinavian nation made its debut in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1960, with Nora Brockstedt and the song “Voi Voi”, which placed 4th. Since their debut, they have participated 60 times, and made the grand final 57 of these. In addition, Norway has won the competition three times (1985, 1995, and 2009).
Norway’s latest Eurovision participation saw them being represented by Subwoolfer with the song “Give That Wolf a Banana”. During their participation, Norway placed 10th in the grand final, receiving 182 points from the jury and televoters.
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News Source: NRK
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