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 :
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 Mwangiand 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 remarkable1st place in the televoting while they finished6thon the overall scoreboard. Lets remember KEiiNO’s energetic performance on the Expo Tel Aviv stage: