Norway’s Melodi Grand Prix is spicing things up for the 60th anniversary of its show. Norwegian broadcaster NRK has revealed that, like the semi-finals, voting in the grand final will be completely done by online voting.
Along with the talent show Maestro, Melodi Grand Prix 2020 is becoming the broadcaster’s first programme in which the winner is decided by online vote only. With that, it beats Sweden’s Melodifestivalen and Denmark’s Dansk Melodi Grand Prix to become the first Scandinavian Eurovision national final to use online voting only. Since 2015, Melodifestivalen viewers have been able to vote via the show’s official app, however televoting is still an option for Swedish viewers.
Melodi Grand Prix 2020’s online voting system
In the final of Melodi Grand Prix 2020, the ten finalists will perform their song. In the first round, each voter has three votes to cast. Keeping with the recent Melodi Grand Prix grand final format, the four artists with the most votes will make it to the second round of the competition.
In the second round, the qualified four acts will not perform another time. Instead, NRK will show a short clip from each performance. As with the previous round, each voter has three votes. The two acts with the highest tally of votes will proceed to the final round.
In the final and decisive round, each voter again has three votes to decide who should represent Norway at Eurovision 2020.
Different from previous years, voting totals aren’t cumulative. The amount of votes is set back to zero as each new round starts.
The results will be delivered by a spokesperson from the five different regions of Norway, who will each reveal how their region voted. When viewers make their online vote at nrk.no/stem, the broadcaster asks the voter which Norwegian region they live in. With MGP 2020 having an emphasis on acts from different regions, it will be interesting to see if Norwegian voters will support their local act or not.
Regional spokespersons at Melodi Grand Prix 2020
The five regional spokespersons are all former Norwegian Eurovision or Melodi Grand Prix stars. Central Norway will be represented by Margaret Berger who gave Norway a fourth-place finish in 2013 with “I Feed You My Love”. KEiiNO singer Tom Hugo will represent Southern Norway.
Western Norway’s spokesperson is Bjørn Johan Muri who made the MGP Gold Final in 2010. Glam rock legend Åge Sten Nilsen will represent Eastern Norway. He represented Norway as part of Wig Wam at Eurovision 2005 and came close to returning in 2017 as the MGP runner-up in the rock band Ammunition.
And representing Northern Norway is Agnete Johnsen. She sang at Eurovision 2016 with “Icebreaker”.
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