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!
Photo Credit: NRK