Norway: NRK sheds more light on Melodi Grand Prix 2021

Norway: NRK sheds more light on Melodi Grand Prix 2021

The Norwegian national broadcaster, NRK,  has shared more information on the forthcoming Melodi Grand Prix 2021, the show that will determine Norway’s Eurovision 2021 hopeful. 

NRK has shared more details regarding the national selection process and what we will see for the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam next May.

The Norwegian national selection will see a total of 26 competing acts instaed of last year’s 24 contestants, as the grand final will feature 2 more acts reaching the total number of 12. NRK, has decided to hold a final with 12 acts, rising the number of the pre-qualified acts to 6 instead of five. While the 5 semi- final qualifiers will fill 5 of the grand final spots with the rest six spots covered by the jury selected six pre-qualified acts, this year NRK is introducing one wildcard. One extra act will be determined by an online voting among the contestants the were eliminated.

How will the acts and entries go public

On January 11 ahead of the 1st semi final, a special press conference will unveil the first comepting semi-finalists will go public along with the six pre-qualified acts. The rest of the semi-finalist will be unveiled each Monday ahead of each semi final round.

During the semi finals the six prequalified acts will have the chance to share their entries, with the first two of them on the 1st semi final night and the other four to follow in the next four heats.

MGP 2021 dates

The Norwegian national selection will kick off on January 16 with the first semi final show and will continue to unfold over six weeks, concluding on February 20 with the Grand final.

Meldi Grand Prix will hit our screens the following dates :

  • Semi-final 1 – January 16
  • Semi-final 2 – January 23
  • Semi-final 3 – January 30
  • Semi-final 4 –  February 6
  • Semi-final 5 – February 13
  • Second Chance Round – February 14
  • Grand final – February 20

Ingrid Gjessing Linhave, Ronny Brede Aase and Kåre Magnus Bergh will host the six live broadcasts. The Norwegian audience will vote online during the live broadcasts. In the Grand Final, the Norwegian TV audience alone will decide who will represent Norway at Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam in May.

Ulrikke won this year’s Melodi Grand Prix 2020 and was set to go on and represent Norway at the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam with her entry “Attention” . Unfortunately the contest was cancelled due to the covid-19 pandemic  and the female act never saw her Eurovision journey completed.

Photo cred: Julia Marie Naglestad/NRK.

News source: NRK

Angelo D.

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