Norway: This is how Melodi Grand Prix 2021 will unfold

Norway: This is how Melodi Grand Prix 2021 will unfold

Stig Karlsen, NRK’s Director of Melodi Grand Prix has revealed the format of the Melodi Grand Prix 2021 , the show that will determine Norway’s Eurovision 2021 representative. 

Stig Karlsen, speaking to ESCNorge unveiled the Melodi Grand Prix 2021 format that we will unfold next February. The Norwegian national selection will see a total of 26 competing acts , two more than last year’s selection, as the grand final will have 2 more acts reaching the total number of 12.

NRK, has decided to hold a final with 12 acts, increasing the number of the pre-qualified acts to 6 , one more from last year’s selection. The six pre-qualified acts will be added to the 5 semi final qualifiers and to one more qualifier that will be determined by a second chance round.

The semi finals will not be divided according to regional groups but the acts will be from accross Norway while in each semi final we will see two duels and one final duel that will determine the winner of each heat. The six qualifier will be selected through an extra second chance round to follow on the Sunday after the 5th semi final show.

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


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.

Source: ESCNorge/Eurovoix

Angelo D.

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