Tonight, the first delfinale of Melodi Grand Prix 2023 was held, kicking off Norway’s Eurovision 2023 selection. Seven artists competed for the first three spots in the final.
Delfinale 1 results
|1||Alessandra Mele||“Queen of Kings”||Qualified|
|4||Kate Gullbrandsen||“Tårer i paradis”||NQ|
|7||Byron Williams Jr. & Jowst||“Freaky for the Weekend”||NQ|
Congratulations to Ulrikke, Alessandra Mele, and Umami Tsunami, who move on to the Grand Final on 4 February. There is still hope for the 4 non-qualifying artists, however! Each non-qualifier will be able to compete for one last slot in a last chance round.
What else do we know about Melodi Grand Prix 2023?
Melodi Grand Prix 2023 ditches the duel and auto-qualifier format of the past 3 yeats. Instead, MGP 2023 consists of 3 semi-finals of 7 artists. In each semi-final, the three artists with the most votes will advance to the final taking place on the 4th of February. Additionally, there will be a second chance show where one lucky artist who did not qualify from their original show will advance to the final. The final, this year, reintroduces the juries, and will be combined 50% with the public for the final result. Arian Engebø and Stian “Staysman” Thorbjørnsen will be the hosts for all four shows. Additionally, artists are allowed to used autotune during their performances.
Norway’s Eurovision Journey
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.
Did you enjoy delfinale 1? Who do you want to see represent Norway at the Eurovision Song Contest? As always, let us know what you think by commenting below. In addition, be sure to follow ‘THAT Eurovision Site’ on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and TikTok for all things MGP.
News source: NRK
Photo credit: Julia Marie Naglestad / NRK