Last year Norway seriously upped its game, taking Melodi Grand Prix to the next level with multiple semi-finals and a mega grand final in Trondheim. And today NRK showed it plans to keep the magic going as it reveals the artists who will compete in MGP 2021 — a contest it has billed as “the most important ever”. Following a year of isolation, we couldn’t agree more.
During a press conference that started at 12:30 CET on Monday, NRK revealed the six pre-qualified artists — who automatically advance to the grand final — and also the four artists who will be competing in the first semi-final this Saturday, January 16.
Head of Delegation Stig Karlsen is aiming high. He’s told Norwegian web site ESCNorge that he believes there are four songs in the contest that could win the actual Eurovision.
Melodi Grand Prix 2021: Live stream of artists presentation
Melodi Grand Prix 2021: Semi-Final 1 Artists
Stina Talling – “Elevate”
Jorn – “Faith Bloody Faith”
Blåsemafian – “Let Loose”
Beady Belle – “Playing With Fire”
MGP 2021: The 6 Pre-Qualified Acts
The semi-final in which each of the pre-qualified acts will first perform their song is indicated in brackets.
- KEiiNO – “Monument” (To perform in first semi-final)
- TIX – “Ut Av Mørket” (To perform in first semi-final)
- stavangerkameratene – “Barndomsgater” (To perform in second semi-final)
- Kaja Rode – “Feel Again” (To perform in third semi-final)
- Atle Pettersen – “World On Fire” (To perform in fourth semi-final)
- Rein Alexander – “Eyes Wide Open” (To perform in fifth semi-final)
About Melodi Grand Prix 2021
This year’s grand final will have 12 finalists, instead of the regular ten. Like last year, half of the finalists will be internally selected (pre-qualified) and half chosen through the semi-finals.
The number of finalists isn’t the only change from the format of 2020. The semi-finals won’t be based on regions this time — all six shows will take place in the H3 Arena, located in Fornebu just outside of Oslo.
However, the duel format of the semi-finals will be in place. In each semi-final, the acts will face off in two duels, then the winner of each duel will face another vote to win place in the grand final on February 20.
But that’s not the only way for a semi-finalist to get to the grand final. This year there will be a wildcard spot to fight for. In a special show the Sunday after the fifth semi-final, NRK will hold a special wildcard show. There, the 15 remaining acts will compete for one last chance to get to the grand final.
Are you excited about today’s artist reveal? Which act is exciting you the most? Let us know in the comments box below!