In recent years, the Melodi Grand Prix songs have been released in a staggered fashion: Songs dropped a few days before the semi-final they would compete in. Not this year. For MGP 2022 all 21 songs and artists will be revealed on the same day — 10 January.
The news comes direct from Melodi Grand Prix Boss Stig Karlsen, who was speaking to NRK in Oslo. Karlsen, who has been working tirelessly for months to bring the show to life, isn’t concerned that the simultaneous release of songs will disadvantage anyone or give anyone else the upper hand.
“One may think that it is an advantage to perform the song early in the competition, just as much as it can be an advantage to be on the screen close to the final,” he says. “I do not think we should underestimate the Norwegian people. The best song and performance will win anyway.”
Ultimately, he sees the 21-song release as an “opportunity to get to know all the songs,” which is good for all the artists.
Norway: All 21 Melodi Grand Prix 2022 songs will be released on the same day
Those 21 songs span a variety of genres, including rock, pop, country, opera, Latin, EDM and heavy metal. And they’ll be performed by what Stig describes as the strongest group of vocalists the competition has ever seen.
Good thing too. As he says: “It’s no help to have good songs if you don’t have artists who can deliver them.”
As previously reported, this year’s MGP will consist of four semi-finals, a second chance round and a grand final. The first semi-final kicks off on 15 January, while the final will take place on 19 February.
All the shows will be held at the H3 arena out at Fornebu. Producers plan to welcome a studio audience, which Stig says will give rise to a “feeling of electricity” between teams, artists and the audience.
Tickets went on sale Friday and are available at eventim.no.
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