Even before televote champions KEiiNO gave Norway something to celebrate, we’ve known that the Scandi nation was planning something special for Melodi Grand Prix 2020. Now more details have emerged about broadcaster NRK’s plans for the 60th anniversary edition of its iconic national final.
Back in March, NRK confirmed that MGP 2020 will involve an expanded format. Rather than just having the one grand final show, Norway’s national final will include FIVE semi-finals.
Each semi-final will be themed around artists from five regions of the country: Northern Norway, Central Norway, Western Norway, Eastern Norway and Southern Norway.
From the semi-finals, ten acts will progress to the grand final. 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.
Swedish fan site ESCSverige now reports that a 40 acts will compete in MGP 2020. This makes a total of eight acts per semi-final. The site also says that the MGP 2020 grand final will be held some time in March, at the usual location of the Oslo Spektrum arena.
However, closer to home, Norwegian fan site escNorge has a slightly different timetable. They report that the weekly semi-finals will begin on Saturday 11 January, leading to the grand final on 15 February.
escNorge also reports that each semi-final will contain around five entries, with an estimated total of about 30 songs competing in the 2020 edition — significantly less than the alternate figure of 40.
While it is expected that the grand final will be held in Oslo, the locations for the semi-finals have not been confirmed yet. Fans have speculated that the show may use a Melodifestivalen-style national tour for semi-final show locations.
However MGP boss Stig Karslen told escNorge that it’s a matter of deciding “Should we use more resources on television content versus more resources on transport, logistics, accommodation and travel in connection with moving a large production around? What will give Norway’s TV viewers the greatest payout?”
It’s important to note that broadcaster NRK has currently not publicly confirmed any details about how many acts will compete at Melodi Grand Prix 2020, where the shows will be held or what dates the shows will be broadcast.
The entry period for Melodi Grand Prix 2020 is still open and will close at the end of this month, 31 July 2019.
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