Entries are still open for Norway’s Melodi Grand Prix national final. Again broadcaster NRK will hold one grand final show, where 10 selected songs will compete to be Norway’s entry in Ukraine – but this time, Norway will be bringing back an international jury.

The head of Melodi Grand Prix, Jan Fredrik Karlsen, spoke about the competition and revealed a determination to give Norway its fourth win at Eurovision. He said, “When one is the MGP-general, one can not go into such a competition and not have the faith to win. I am 100% ready to take the Eurovision Song Contest back to Norway.”

Organisers are expecting to receive around 1000 entries, from which ten songs will be selected to compete in the national final. The competition is open to songwriters from any country (*cough* Sweden *cough*), though NRK says it particularly wants to encourage Norwegian songwriters to enter.

Entries close on 11 September.

Return of the international jury

One big change for 2017 is the return of the international jury. Melodi Grand Prix has only used an international jury twice before — in 1985 and 1995 — and both times Norway went on to win Eurovision. Norway also looked to Sweden’s recent successes after replacing its regional juries with international juries at Melodifestivalen.

The exact details of the international jury system — the members and what percentage of the overall vote they will contribute — are yet to be determined.

Feel da rush

Melodi Grand Prix 2016 was won by Agnete and her tempo-switching song “Icebreaker”. Due to health issues, Agnete was unable to participate in Eurovision press events. Despite delivering a good performance in Stockholm, Norway placed 13th in its semi-final, ending its four-year qualifying streak, including three top-ten finishes.

MGP 2016 was initially struck with controversy, when Freddy Kalas’s song “Happy Rush” was disqualified after it was discovered he had plagiarised his own song “Cannabus”. However, Freddy was able to rewrite the song as “Feel Da Rush”, which eventually placed second in the Gold Final.

Another stand-out act from the 2016 competition was performance group The Hungry Hearts, whose song “Laika” became a fan favourite. The Hungry Hearts have since become regulars at pride festival events, and put in a memorable performance at #wiwijam.

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I predict winner in 2013,2015 and both song is my favorite from MGP, in 2014 my favorite was Linnea Dale and in 2016 was Laila

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In 1985 international juries votes for Anita and her song Karma . If they had only interantional juries in 1985 they would send Anita not Bobbysocks

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I don t like use of international juries at national final. We saw in Sweden that song in swedish language got so little points with international juries and so many points from televote from swedish people.
Interenational juries like so much song in english.
Denmark tried one time with internatioanal juries in 2012 and they got no good result at ESC.

khm
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khm

I only hope we will have better songs than we did this year. Literally, we had only one good song (“Afterglow”) and instead for that song, they went for “Icemesser”. With Agnete’s charisma of a cooked leg, the final result wasn’t suprising at all. And no, I can’t stand the fact those 10 songs from MGP were the best among thousands of songs.

Denis
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Denis

International juries are always a good move, providing the song selection is great! You rarely get wrong with a international jury, so all hail Norway

Now seeing all the big talk let’s hope every song selected is a potential winner!

Callum
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Callum

It’s a smart move. I mean, it brings Sweden results, doesn’t it? An international jury can indicate which song will do best on an international scale, rather than just appeal to the one culture that it is competing in.

I do hope this means we’ll have so better quality songs in MGP this year. Aside from Afterglow, nothing else was really outstanding. (Yep, Agnete was good and the performance? Solid. But the song…yeah, it was meh.)

Racal
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Racal

Norway has one the ESC once in every decade since the 80s. If they keep up with the trend, they should win at some point in the next 3 years.

(J)ESC Fanatic
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(J)ESC Fanatic

Agnete was robbed!

I wish them better luck next year. 🙂

Marc
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Marc

After Agnete’s big fail and since Norwegians are voting for what they think might work insted of what they love (aka Feel da rush).. it’s a smart move to bring back International juries. We’ll see.

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MGP

The submission for MGP 2017 has been openend for quite some time now. June 6th to be exact.