“Melodi Grand Prix” is the the traditional Norwegian selection for Eurovision since 1960 (when Norway debuts Eurovision).
In March 2020, the Norwegian broadcaster NRK has confirmed the using of the mechanism for selecting the Norwegian entry Eurovision 2021.
According to Stig Karlsen (“Melodi Grand Prix Project Manager”), NRK will follow the limitations and directives that will be made by the government,and will suggest a suitable format.
NRK still has a destiny of more than 1 million viewers during the show. At the moment, the Norwegian government allows holding events with up to 500 people in the audience. The broadcaster has made a commitment to save the high quality of the show even if the pandemic will affect the amount of people allowed in the audience.
At the moment. the broadcaster is planning to broadcast 6 live shows (5 semi-finals and a grand final). The shows will be allocated on 6 consecutive Saturdays nights.
In other words, the broadcaster has decided to stick to last year’s format. In the years 2015-2019, the format included only a grand final.
And What About Ulrikke?
Ulrikke will be a part of “Melodi Grand Prix 2021“, but not as a participant. Actually, the singer who should have represent Norway in Eurovision 2020, won’t compete in the national selection for Eurovision 2021.
However, she will be invited to perform in the show as a special guest and may perform a new original song.