It’s the national final that’s going bigger for its 60th anniversary celebrations. And on Tuesday 12 November, Norway’s NRK revealed that the Melodi Grand Prix 2020 final will take place in Trondheim’s Spektrum arena.
Melodi Grand Prix 2020 final in Trondheim
This marks the first time in 31 years that the MGP final will be held outside Oslo, the country’s capital.
Speaking in the press release, Head of Delegation Stig Karlsen says that viewers can expect a huge show with confetti, pyro and great artists with great songs.
Trondheim is the third most populous city in Norway, although it only has the fourth largest urban area. It is located over 500km north of Oslo. However, it is well serviced by both air and rail.
Melodi Grand Prix 2020
Norwegian broadcaster NRK is running an expanded Melodi Grand Prix for 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.
The five semi-final shows will be filmed at a television studio in Oslo.
Despite earlier speculation that up to 40 acts would compete in Melodi Grand Prix 2020, Karlsen confirmed that only 25 acts will be involved, with ten progressing to the grand final.
Just four acts will compete in each semi-final, but we’ll see most perform more than once. The acts will face each other in duels until one winner is decided from each semi. This suggests it may be similar to the format previously used by the Melodifestivalen andra chansen round.
The jury will also pre-select five extra finalists. They won’t have to compete in the semi-finals but will earn a wildcard entry direct to the grand final. One wildcard winner will be revealed in each semi-final and they will perform their song at the semi to ensure each finalist has the same amount of exposure.
The five semi-final winners and five wildcard winners will head to the grand final. There Norway’s act for Eurovision 2020 will be selected.
The first weekly semi-final will take place on 11 January 2020, and will run until the grand final on 15 February 2020.