PRESS RELEASE from Norwegian broadcaster NRK
Major changes in Melodi Grand Prix 2023
There will be big changes in Melodi Grand Prix next year. Fewer and bigger semi-finals, no pre-qualified artists, no duels and a Grand Finale in the city of Trondheim.
Twenty-one artists will be presented on January 4th, 2023.Melodi Grand Prix will have the same scope as earlier, with the same amount of new Norwegian music, but the number of broadcasts will be reduced to three semi-finals and a Grand Final.
No pre-qualified artists
Everything is at stake for all artists in next year’s season, asnone of the artists is guaranteed a place in the final. The changes for 2023 are made on the basis of feedback from TV-viewers.
“There were several good reasons for the solution with pre-qualified acts, but MGP is in constant development. We are now going for a competition model that is easier to understand, and where all the artists compete with the same starting point. More is at stake for everyone from day one”, says head of music Stig Karlsen.
Three semi-finals – no duels – no last chance
The semi-finals are cut from five to three and there will be no “last chance” either. To offer more music in each broadcast, seven artists will compete in each semi-final. There will be no duels and the voting process starts after all the artists have performed. The three artists who have received the most votes advance to the final.
Final in Trondheim
Next year’s winner of the Melodi Grand Prix will be chosen in Trondheim Spektrum on Saturday, February 4th. The MGP final has only twice previously been held outside Oslo, in Stavanger in 1989 and most recently in Trondheim in 2020.
“After two years of a pandemic, we can finally bring MGP back to a large arena. We have dreamed of a packed venue since we last had a full house, just weeks before the country shut down in March 2020. The commitment we saw from the audience of 8,500 is difficult to describe in words, but the TV images speak for themselves. We are looking forward to creating a Grand Final again from the middle of the country, to the whole of Norway”, says Karlsen.
International jury at the Grand Final
In order to increase the chances of winning in Eurovision, it has been decided to reintroduce an international jury during the final, last seen in MGP in 2019. The juries consist of industry professionals from a selection of countries and will count for 50 % during the final. The audience votes will therefore count for 50 %. Who sits on the jury will be announced after the final.
“MGP is part of an international music competition, and we want to use a similar voting model to that used in the Eurovision Song Contest. This is to increase the chances of winning in ESC. A model with both a professional jury and audience votes also gives us a better basis for creating a more exciting MGP”, says Stig Karlsen.
Launch of artists and the music
All 21 artists will be released during a press conference at Marienlyst on Wednesday, January 4th 2023. Here we also find out which semi-final they will appear in.
In order to gather attention for the songs that will compete over three weeks of semi-finals, the songs will be released weekly. In other words, the first seven songs will be released on Monday 9 January. There will then be song releases in all streaming services on Monday, January 16th for the seven songs competing in semi-final 2, and on Monday, January23rd for the seven songs competing in semi-final 3.
Four broadcasts in total
The three semi-finals are broadcast live from Nydalen in Oslo. The first semi-final takes place on Saturday, January 14th. Semi-final 2 on Saturday, January 21st and semi-final 3 on Saturday, January 28th. The grand final takes place onFebruary 4th in Trondheim.
Arian Engebø and Stian “Staysman” Thorbjørnsen will host Melodi Grand Prix 2023. Arian is a radio host on the famous music program StudioP3 and has also been hosting “VG-Lista”, the largest free concert in Scandinavia. Stian is an experienced musician and has also participated in MelodiGrand Prix twice. He is also a well-known TV-host.