The date of the grand final of Melodi Grand Prix 2022 has been confirmed. Norway will select its Eurovision 2022 act on Saturday, 19 February.
Norway’s Head of Delegation Stig Karlsen confirmed the news to Norwegian Eurovision site ESC Norge.
As in 2020 and 2021, the contest will air on six consecutive Saturdays. Semi-Final 1 kicks it all off on 15 January.
Curiously, Stig did not confirm the exact format of the show. Over the past two years the semi-finals involved four acts competing in two duels. The winner of each duel then faced off in a final duel to see who would advance to the grand final, where they faced off against the other acts that qualified to the final and a series of “pre-qualified” artists who did not have to compete in the semis.
This year the show also included a second chance round, which produced one of the strongest line-ups of the season.
Norway was one of the first countries to confirm for Eurovision 2022, announcing the song submission process way back in May. And it’s clear that Stig is very excited.
He spent last week attending The Woods Norway songwriting camp, which he detailed on his Instagram.
“This week I moved my office to the small town of Rena for our annual songwriting camp with the amazing people at @thewoodsnorway,” he wrote.
“I had the privilege to spend a week with 60 talented songwriters, producers and artist at our two MGP camps, resulting in 33 songs that will be evaluated and considered for MGP 2022. I was there, doing my best to inspire, guide and support the group throughout the week.”
“I’m blown away by their talent, their work ethic and their ability to come up with amazing material within a rather short time frame. Norwegian music is in a good state at the moment, and it’s an honor to give the spotlight to some of the fantastic people that gives us the soundtrack to our lives.”
Back in May, NRK said that any participant could submit up to three songs. NRK also “recommended” 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.
Stig added that 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.
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