Entries for Melodi Grand Prix 2019 recently closed and now NRK has revealed how many submissions they have received. In an Instagram post, the Norwegian broadcaster shared that “more than 1000” entries have been submitted, all vying for the chance to represent Norway at Eurovision 2019.
The inexact figure of “more than 1000” suggests another year of strong interest in Norway’s national final. The number is possibly down from 2018, when around 1200 submissions were received but is more likely to be on the same level as 2017, when 1035 songs were submitted.
In an Instagram post, the broadcaster wrote, “More than 1,000 songs have been entered in MGP 2019. Now, the big job is to listen to all the contributions. 1000 songs will be 10 MGP finalists.”
Last week NRK also revealed that as well as wanting entries from well-known singers and songwriters, they were also looking for upcoming talents and they welcomed suggestions.
In recent years, both established artists and newcomers have done well at Melodi Grand Prix. Eurovision winner Alexander Rybak won MGP for the second time earlier this year, while in 2017, upcoming music producer JOWST took the top spot.
The broadcaster has also confirmed that Melodi Grand Prix 2019 will again be held at Oslo Spektrum.
Norway at the Eurovision Song Contest
In the past decade, Norway has had mixed fortunes at Eurovision. In 2009, Alexander Rybak gave Norway its third win, with his well-like “Fairytale”. The next three years, however, saw the Nordic nation struggle on the right-hand side of the scoreboard, including Stella Mwangi’s non-qualification in 2011 and Tooji’s last-place finish in 2012.
But things picked up from 2013 to 2015, with three top-ten finishes, all with songs that remain fan favourites. Norway failed to qualify in 2016, but were back in the game the following year when JOWST scored another top-ten finish with “Grab the Moment”.
Alexander Rybak returned to Eurovision earlier this year, with the cheerful and instructive tune “That’s How You Write a Song”. While he won his semi-final, that success was not repeated in the grand final. Rybak placed 15th, a disappointing result for those expecting him to do a Johnny Logan and win Eurovision twice.
NRK is expected to release the names of the ten Melodi Grand Prix finalists later this year.
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