Norway is one of five countries to hold their national final next Saturday. Now broadcaster NRK has confirmed the running order of Melodi Grand Prix. The producer-decided line-up sees American Idol singer Chris Medina opens the show, while the Norwegian-Sami collaboration KEiiNO will deliver the final performance.
MGP project manager Stig Karlsen explained what the production team considered when planning the running order.
He said, “The order has been prepared with the aim of spreading the songs so that each artist and song stands out in the best possible way in the big picture. And in line with the choices, it will also ensure a varied and good TV broadcast.”
The songs aren’t the only thing that is considered. Karlsen added that the technical and logistical requirements of staging each song also need to be taken into consideration when planning the running order.
Since Norway switched to a single grand final in 2015, the closing act has twice gone on to win the show. Agnete performed last in 2016, as did Alexander Rybak last year. This could bode well for KEiiNO, who are set to close the show with “Spirit in the Sky”.
However, performing last doesn’t guarantee a win. In 2017, JOWST won after performing fourth. That year’s closing act Ella didn’t even qualify for the superfinal.
However, winning the first vote doesn’t guarantee winning the show. MGP typically includes a superfinal, while last year Norway held a two-stage superfinal. The top four acts became two, then one.
The opening slot could also prove favourable for Chris Medina. Since 2015, the opening act has qualified for the superfinal three times.
Melodi Grand Prix 2019 – running order
- Chris Medina – “We Try”
- D’Sound – “Mr. Unicorn”
- Mørland – “En livredd mann”
- Anna-Lisa Kumoji – “Holla”
- Erlend Bratland – “Sing for You”
- Ingrid Berg Mehus – “Feel”
- Hank von Hell – “Fake it”
- Carina Dahl – “Hold Me Down”
- Adrian Jørgensen – “The Bubble”
- Keiino – “Spirit in the Sky”
The grand final of Melodi Grand Prix 2019 will take place on Saturday 2 March, at Oslo Spektrum Arena.
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