Norway’s six-week-long national selection process is almost at an end. The country’s entry for Eurovision 2021 will be chosen during the final of Melodi Grand Prix 2021 on Saturday. And now NRK has revealed the show’s running order. Atle Pettersen will kick proceedings off with “World On Fire” while Jorn will close with “Faith Bloody Faith”.
The running order also confirms that all 12 songs will be in English. Stavangerkameratene publically announced their language-switch shortly after performing in semi-final two. Meanwhile, TIX had hinted at changing to English, but there was nothing official before now.
Melodi Grand Prix 2021: Final running order
- Atle Pettersen – “World On Fire”
- Raylee – “Hero”
- Stavangerkameratene – “Who I Am”
- KIIM – “My Lonely Voice”
- Blåsemafian feat. Hazel – “Let Loose”
- Emmy – “Witch Woods”
- TIX – “Fallen Angel”
- Kaja Rode – “Feel Again”
- Rein Alexander – “Eyes Wide Open”
- IMERIKA – “I Can’t Escape”
- KEiiNO – “Monument”
- Jorn – “Faith Bloody Faith”
Melodi Grand Prix 2021 — Running order reactions
February evenings might be chilly in Norway, but Saturday is starting off hot as Atle Pettersen will be first out of the blocks with “World On Fire”. He’s undaunted about opening the final. “A great honour…I do not know if it is an advantage or a disadvantage, the most important thing is the three minutes you are on stage. That is when you have to deliver the best you can because that is what people should vote for”.
Eurovision 2019 stars KEiiNO will be the penultimate act of the evening. They say: “We got what many considered a “difficult position” in Eurovision 2019, but it went well anyway”. Tom adds that “when we got the order, we saw how sick a good show it will be on Saturday. We think it’s really cool to get warm-up for Jorn, which is a very good choice to end the party with a bang”.
Head of Delegation Stig Karlsen had the final say on the running order. “The order has been prepared with a goal of spreading the songs so that each artist and song stands out in the best possible way in the big picture. And in line with those choices, also ensure a varied and good TV broadcast”, he explains. “In addition, we always have technical and logistical challenges, related to scene changes and production that also contribute to the choices we make. The order has now been set, but there will always be a small reservation about changes when our plans are now to be tested in practice”.
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