Norway: NRK opens the submission window for Melodi Grand Prix 2021

Norway: NRK opens the submission window for Melodi Grand Prix 2021

The Norwegian broadcaster, NRK , has opened the submission window for next year’s Melodi Grand Prix 2021, the format Norway is using to determine its Eurovision representatives. 

NRK is losing no time and has already opened the submission period for the next edtion of Melodi Grand Prix. The deadline for sending in the candidate entries ends on August 16, 2020. Next year’s national selection will see a total of five semi finals and one grand final that will take place during January and February 2021. 

The submission process runs under specific conditions:

  1. Each composition team should include at least one Norwegian composer
  2. Each composer/producer can submit up to three entries
  3. All participants must be over the age of 16
  4. All genres of music are acceptable

Interested composers/producers/acts can find more details and the form to apply in the official NRK website  

The Eurovision story so far

Norway has been competing in the Eurovision Song contest since 1960 and has won the competition three times, in 1985, 1995 and 2009. However the country has marked some record scorings , as it has finished in the last place most times than any other country, finishing in the bottom spot of the scoreboard 11 times. A total of four times it has received zero points, while in 2009 victory it received the remarkable number 16 sets of 12 points and was voted by every single country, reaching the impressive winning score of 387 points! Norway hasn’t qualified two times in the final the last decade, in 2011 with Stella Mwangi and in 2016 with Agnete

In 2018 was represented for the second time by Alexander Rybak and his song That’s How You Write A Song, which finished in the 15th place of the grand final. Last year the three member group KEiiNo with their entry “Spirit in the Sky” defended the Norwegian colors in Tel Aviv achieving a remarkable 1st place in the televoting while they finished 6th on the overall scoreboard.

Ulrikke won this year’s national final of MGP 2020 and was the act to represent Norway at the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam with her entry “Attention” but due to the cancellation of ESC 2020 the female act saw her Eurovision journey staying incomplete.

Angelo D.

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