Norway‘s Melodi Grand Prix is no fallen angel. In fact, it’s already set for its big return in 2022 and has opened submissions for next year’s contest. Songwriters have until August 15 to send in their tracks.
Following TIX — Norway’s man of the moment — will not be easy. To make it to Eurovision artists will once again endure a multi-week semi-final system. This year the show included five heats and a second chance round, which produced one of the strongest line-ups of the season.
The basics are clear: any participant can submit up to three songs; singers must turn 16 by April 2022; and the submission window is open until mid-August.
NRK also “recommends” that the submitted entries have at least one Norwegian composer, as they want to promote local music. Acts that follow the recommendation have performed well of late: their five most recent entries have been completely created and performed by Norwegian nationals.
Project manager Stig Karlsen says they’re “open to every kind of music” from sophisticated entries to hard rock to bubblegum pop. Considering their previous winners included heart-felt ballads, Euro-bangers and mid-tempo numbers, he’s not blowing hot air.
MGP 2022: What’s next?
Norway’s selection was one of the most celebrated of 2021. Fan favourites including Raylee, TIX and KEiiNO all took part. The contest ran from mid-January to mid-February and there were 26 entries, 12 of which made the final.
Karlsen described it as the “most important MGP ever”, given that it was taking place during a pandemic and at a time people felt separated from one another. Will next year’s edition be able to match this buzz of 2021?
No further details have been released so far. In 2020 and 2021, Norway went for a televote-only system. Whether that will be the case next year is still unknown.
Are you already excited for Norway’s MGP 2022? Who do you want to see in the show? Do you expect Ulrikke to come back and claim her place at Eurovision? Let us know in the comment section below!