Hei Norge! Melodi Grand Prix 2018 takes place next Saturday, where ten acts will take to the stage and battle it out to become Norway’s act for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon. And now with less than two weeks to go, Norwegian broadcaster NRK has unveiled the Melodi Grand Prix 2018 running order.
Stella & Alexandra kick things off with their upbeat entry “You Got Me”. The dynamic duo are followed by MGP 2017 winner Aleksander Walman, who sings “Talk to the Hand” in second, and next is fan favourite Ida Maria, who sings her quirky track “Scandilove” in third.
NICOLINE flares up in fourth, Tom Hugo is on fifth and Charla K maintains the momentum as we move into the second half of the show. Seventh is Alejandro Fuentes with his Latin track “Tengo Otra”, Norwegian streaming star Vidar Villa is eighth and newcomer Rebecca gets the penultimate slot to sing her track “Who We Are”.
Closing the show is Eurovision 2009 winner Alexander Rybak. He’s pinned his hopes on winning the competition on his song “That’s How You Write a Song”.
MELODI GRAND PRIX 2018 RUNNING ORDER
- Stella & Alexandra – “You Got Me”
- Aleksander Walmann – “Talk to the Hand”
- Ida Maria – ‘Scandilove”
- NICOLINE – “Light Me Up”
- Tom Hugo – “I Like I Like I Like”
- Charla K – “Stop the Music”
- Alejandro Fuentes – “Tengo Otra”
- Vidar Villa – “Moren din”
- Rebecca – “Who We Are”
- Alexander Rybak – “That’s How You Write a Song”
The running order has been designed to give each song its moment to shine but is also likely to have been influenced to ensure the producers’ favourite acts perform well on the night.
How much the running order matters in Norway is unclear – last year’s gold finalists performed first, fourth, eighth and ninth so it may be less important than in other countries.
Melodi Grand Prix 2018 will air live on NRK from 20:55 CET on March 10.
Last year JOWST won the show with 36% of votes cast in the Gold Final. At Eurovision, they managed to qualify from their semi-final after Agnete failed to advance in 2016. JOWST also took Norway to the top ten, finishing in tenth place and winning a haul of 158 points. NRK will be hoping to build on that success this year.
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