It’s the show that gave us Alexander Rybak and Margaret Berger. 

And next year Norway’s national final for Eurovision Melodi Grand Prix turns 60.

To celebrate, Norwegian broadcaster NRK has this morning announced an expanded format for Melodi Grand Prix  2020.

For the first time since 2014 there will be semi-finals and each region of Norway will have its own show.

Northern Norway, Central Norway, Western Norway, Eastern Norway and Southern Norway will all receive their own program.

MGP Boss Stig Karlsen describes the move as turning on “The big drum”:

In connection with the 60th anniversary, we offer five introductory semifinals, and one big finale. We really look forward to conveying great music involvement from all over the country.”

The grand final will still include ten acts. Five will be chosen by a professional jury and five during the semi-finals, with one act advancing from each heat based on televoting alone.

During the final televoting will be used to pick Norway’s act for Eurovision 2020. NRK is already accepting submissions for the shows. The deadline is May 17, the day before this year’s Grand Final.

All of the shows will be broadcast live from Oslo. Live reporting and features from the regions will be used to give a local feel to each semi-final.

KEiiNO on the road to Eurovision 2019

Preparations are also full steam ahead for this year’s contest.

Speaking to NRK, KEiiNO member Tom Hugo shared his excitement and anticipation:

“It’s very fun that there are so many people around the world who like our song. Being allowed to be in the same league as Karpe Diem and Lady Gaga is incredibly cool.

The group’s song “Spirit In The Sky” has been streamed over two million times on Spotify and hit the top of three on the VG-lista Chart.

Norway will perform in the second half of the second semi-final at Eurovision 2019.

What do you think about the changes for Melodi Grand Prix 2020? Are you excited to see semi-finals in Norway again? Let us know in the comments below! 

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AngieP
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AngieP

5 semi finals? Ok, no problem with enlarging the national selection, but isn’t 5 semi finals too much?

vf99
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vf99

Sigrid, Kamferdrops or Anna of the North better be in one of those Semi-Finals

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Best of luck to Norwegians with their enlargement. (Yep, that still sounds dodgy to me. 😛 )
Anyhow, at the risk of repeating myself on here – the more songs the better, as long as the format is consistent and fair enough.
N.B. Please don’t use A Dal for inspiration, or this will go wrong.

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

If it’s a one-off to celebrate the anniversary, that’s fine and as it is a special occasion, they probably will get a good selection of contestants (Welcome back, Rybak!).
However, MGP is one of the best NFs as it is in terms of production, song selection and quality. Hopefully, this is just for one year and they get back to their usual formula for future editions.

Charli Cheer Up
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Charli Cheer Up

Last time they had semis was when they sent Carl Espen with Silent Storm. After that they removed their semis because of low views. I wonder how they’ll manage to drum up interest again once they return to the old format ?

Sally
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Sally

That’s just not necessary. It’ll just ruin it with overkill and overexposure.

Nikko
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Nikko

We know from previous examples that a bigger national final often does not mean a better song will be selected. Look at Romania’s huge national final last year which in the end resulted in their first non-qualification. Or Lithuania’s endless shows.

Or I still remember the most extreme example: Bulgaria’s “Be A Star” in 2009. The first heat started in October and the final was in February – over 5 months! And in the end Krassimir Avramov only achieved a 16th out of 18 places in his semi-final.

Also, the best songs of this year were internally selected.

John B
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John B

HI GUYS

HERE YOU CAN SEE THE TOP 41 OF MY BOYFRIEND

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hut_FnsfSg

Malin
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Malin

Sound lika a fun idé but…
Jag tror risken är att artister blir favoriter genom skriverier och liknande under dessa veckor. Därför kan det vara bra med frächa ögon med internationell jury som inte känner till artisterna och som hör låten för för första gången – på samma sätt som de flesta gör i ESC

Loin dici
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Loin dici

So, from the newest Eurovision This Week video, we can have some details about the production: 1. The green room will be shaped like a diamond and have circular sofa, and the audience will be situated a bit below the greenroom, forming a catwalk for the participants; 2. Unexpectedly, they wouldn’t completely use a waterfall seating configuration in the Expo but a waterfall configuration in the back + letter U configuration in the front. Seems to be good for adding more seating space, but after adding in the space for camera rigs and production team, the golden circle looked kind… Read more »

Jo.
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Jo.

The question is if they’ll have enough decent entries to fill those semis, cuz their recent selections were quite bland.

Malin
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Malin

Well, if you look at the first year when the melfest had four showes the standard wasn’t on top. But year by year it improved when the record companies got more interested.

Una
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Una

It sounds good but it reminds me of the 2018 Romanian selection. They had about 60 songs in total, 12 for each of the 5 SFs if my memory serves me. It was the first Romanian selection I’ve followed and I remember the bad quality of songs in the SFs and the final too. That year gave The Humans to the world, a shady televoting etc. From what I’ve seen so far Norway don’t have problems with the televoting, at least people vote massively, but how will the broadcasters find enough good songs for so many SFs? Melodiefestivalen at least… Read more »

Colin
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Colin

The quality of production in Norway is better than the one in Romania, so the selection is bound to be more polished. This will probably be more similar to Melfest.

Una
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Una

Most likely. I’ve never followed properly Norway’s MGP but if the bar is high up and there’s more interest from producers, labels, artists like in Romania this year Norway is bound to have a great show next year.

Norwegian esc lover
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Norwegian esc lover

Im so exited. I feel like mgp was better back in the days with the semis and all of that.

poe-tay-toe-chips
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poe-tay-toe-chips

Sounds expensive. But good for Norway i guess

Ugna
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Ugna

I don‘t like the factctvat 5 songs get chosen from the jury in the final

Malin
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Malin

But it’s good if three – four songs are really good in one semi and maby only one in an other. Which it was that system in Sweden the two times Loreen mised the final.

MusicIstheKey
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MusicIstheKey

YAY! Perfect! I hope it’s not only for next year, but also for the years to come. As a Norwegian, I am very happy about it. It means more musical diversity (MGP in recent years have been too much generic mainstream pop mostly), more music, more entertainment, more exicitement, more good will from NRK. And more singers / song writers getting their chance. This is nothing but GREAT! But again, hopefully not just an one off for the anniversiary

Gavin
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Gavin

My God how people can actually moan about this is crazy!!! Great idea- bring it on! Can’t wait!!!

kimi kiwi
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kimi kiwi

I want to know about Riga pre party that is the first pre party, right? Why don’t you write about what really matters for this year? I’m curious about the first pre party.
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someone
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someone

I think the Netherlands is first, I might be wrong

kimi kiwi
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kimi kiwi

Riga was always first, unless they decide to not have it this year. Why we don’t know about pre parties? Nothing else matters at this moment. Usually Riga pre party is around March 25.

Una
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Una

The schedule is on wiwiblogg’s calendar section:
6 April A’dam, 12 April Riga, 14 April London, 19-21 Madrid.

Skiwalko
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Skiwalko

24 days left. Let’s just wait.

Angilyqi
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Angilyqi

I prefer 10 song’s final. Quality, focus.

Nicolas
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Nicolas

How about the idea of quarter finals ? 4Q then 2SF and F.

M_K
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M_K

That’s what Belgium used to do.

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

Cool. But how about announcing the complete votes of this year’s final?

Swedena9
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Swedena9

Just look it up, they have a looong time ago…

ESCFan2009
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ESCFan2009

Wonderful! This will be no „Monster Like Me“, but an epic „Fairytale“, where we hopefully will learn how to write a song, full of memories and moments to grab. „I feed you my love“! <3

filipko54
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filipko54

,,Northern Norway, Central Norway, Western Norway, Eastern Norway and Southern Norway will all receive their own program. – All of the shows will be broadcast live from Oslo” – that doesn’t make sense, does it? why it’s not like Melodifestivalen? also, only one act from each semifinal will advance to the final based on televote? When I saw the headline I was excited about MGP having semifinals but now I have a strong feeling that juries will ruin everything..

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

a televoting-only final ? i’m here for it after this year’s tragic jury votes

Denis
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Denis

So like MF then? Lets see if baby bro can do it:)
Hopefully it opens the door to new artists with new sounds. This year was lacking in that front.

James
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James

Norway is swinging it like in rock’n’roll.

Una
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Una

Bringing on bra vibrasjoner or was it Sweden?

Colin
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Colin

MGP consistently gives us HQ shows, with wonderful production values and camera work. Songs are usually good too and even ones which are not still fulfill a minimal requirements of having some effort behind them. More of that will be great! Can’t wait! 🙂

PS. Can you just please consider having them on any day other than Saturday, because as a fan I want to see as many NFs and they are mostly all crumbled in a few Saturdays.

Mirko
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Mirko

5 semifinals? They have a lot of money to invest

Brexit Queen Young and Sweet Only 17
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Brexit Queen Young and Sweet Only 17

oil money from Carrington family

Loin dici
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Loin dici

Okay, I know it’s a good idea to have something special on anniversaries, but… this is just Romania-level nuts.

Alexa
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Alexa

You mean Lithuanian level because they are on another level with those heats and semis and then final. (And choosing bad almost every year ?)

Loin dici
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Loin dici

That works too, yet Lithuania did that for years. TVR did the big selection regarding A Century of Unification–an important year for Romanians–just as how NRK would do this for 60th birthday of NMGP.