Earlier this week, Melodi Grand Prix producer Stig Karlsen spoke about the 2024 edition of the national final. During this public Facebook stream he spoke about potential changes to the format for MGP 2024.
More power to the people for Melodi Grand Prix 2024?
When speaking, Stig Karlsen expressed that he believes Eurovision and Melodi Grand Prix are for the people, therefore they should get a large part of the say. Stig heavily hinted that for Melodi Grand Prix 2024 there will be a jury, but their weighting will only be 40%, with the public vote having 60% weighting, when deciding Norway’s 2024 Eurovision entry. Also, Stig wants to make changes to how Norwegians can vote, at the moment it is done on the NRK app, however those younger than 13 are unable to vote.
Stig also hinted during this interview that Melodi Grand Prix 2024 will use two studios this year, one for the main stage and a second as a green room. This will enable the audience to get closer and learn more about the artists taking part.
What we know about Melodi Grand Prix 2024
As was previously reported, Melodi Grand Prix will include three semifinals and one grand final. The semi-finals will take place on the 13th, 20th and 27th of January 2024 at the Marienlyst in Oslo. The final will then take place on the 3rd of February at the Trondheim Spektrum in Trondheim. All shows will be broadcast on NRK1 and NRK TV. Tickets for Melodi Grand Prix 2024 will go on sale on November 16.
This year, Melodi Grand Prix will feature a total of 18 artists. Six will take part in each semi-final, with three advancing to the grand final. While the artists will not be publicly revealed until January 5th, Norwegian head of delegation Stig Karlsen promises a “very high level” of artists, both established and new, across a variety of genres.
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 61 times, and made the Grand Final 58 of these. In addition, Norway has won the competition three times – in 1985, 1995, and 2009.
Norway’s latest Eurovision participation saw them being represented by Alessandra with the song “Queen of Kings”. After qualifying for the final, Norway placed 5th in the Grand Final, receiving 268 points, 52 of which from the jury and 216 from televoters.
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News Source: ESCNorge/NRK
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