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Norway: The first nine acts to compete in Melodi Grand Prix 2020 revealed

Through a press conference the Norwegian national broadcaster, NRK, revealed the first nine acts to compete in this year’s national selection of Melodi Grand Prix 2020. 

NRK unveiled today during its press conference broadcaste live on NRK.co , the four acts that will compete in the first semi final round and the five pre-qualified to the grand final. The four acts that were announced are those to compete Southern Norway semi final while the other five have pre qualified straight to the final.

The 5 pre qualified to the final acts are : 

  • Akuvi – Som du er
  • Ulrikke Brandstorp – Attention
  • Tone Damli – Hurts sometimes
  • Didrik and Emili Solli-Tangen – Out of air
  • Sondrey – Take my time

The comepting acts to compete in the Southern Norway semi final are :

Melodi Grand Prix 2020

The 2020 Norwegian national selection will include 6 televised shows ( 5 semi-finals and a Grand Final). A total of 10 acts will battle for the golden ticket to Rotterdam ( 5 pre-qualified/ 5 selected via the semi-finals).

Grand Prix 2020 will kick off with its first semi final show on  January 11, with four more semi finals to follow week by week, leading to the Grand final that will take place on February 15.

In this year’s 58th edition of Melodi Grand Prix we will see a total of 25 acts compete in the national selection that will determine Norway’s  60th entry in the Eurovision Song Contest. Grand Prix 2020 will kick off with its first semi final show on  January 11, with four more semi finals to follow week by week, leading to the Grand final that will take place on February 15. Each semi final will see a number of 4 competing acts from a specific parts of Norway. From each semi final round one qualifier will join the five  pre qualified acts in the final show.

Thus we will see the Norwegian selection unfold pretty much as following:

1st semi final show : 4  competing entries from Northern Norway

2nd semi final show : 4 competing entries from Central Norway

3rd semi final show: 4 comepting  entries from Western Norway

4th semi final show :  4 competing entries from Eastern Norway

5th semi final show : 4 comepting  entries from Southern Norway

Grand Final: A total of 10 competing entries ( 5 pre qualified and 5 semi final qualifiers)

While the final will take place at Trondheim Spektrum, the five semi final shows leading to that will be held at the H3 Arena in Fornebu, Oslo and will be broadcasted every Saturday on NRK 1

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. This 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. Lets remember KEiiNO’s energetic performance on the Expo Tel Aviv stage:

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