Norway: NRK Considers Changes in the Format of “Melodi Grand Prix 2022”

As every year, with the excpation of the year 1991,
Norway will choose its Eurovision song and artist via the traditional music festival: “Melodi Grand Prix“. The festival has been held since 1960.

According to Stig Karlsen, the head of the Norwegian delegation and director of “Melodi Grand Prix“, we can expect some changes in the format of the music festival.

We will emphasise that all the changes are being considered, but haven’t been confirmed yet:

1. International jury vote – in the past (for example in the years 2017 – 2019), the results have been determined by 50% internatinal jury vote and 50% public voting. In the last 2 years, the results have been determined by the public vote only. As you may guess, international jury voting is most likely to return in the following edition.

2. In general, a new method of voting is being considered as well. NRK hasn’t supplied any details. common sense can tell us what the options may involve: an international public vote (or just the Norwegian public), a vote by age range and more.

3. Timing of when the songs will be released – Last year, each 4 semi-finalists songs were revealed 5 days before the show, while automatic qualifiers were released a day before the semi-final, where they performed. Plenty of options can be relevant here: release of all the songs together or even releasing the songs only after the show. Will the songs of automatic qualifiers be revealed before the final?

4. Hosts – since Brede Åse has left NRK, we can expect he won’t be one of the hosts this year.

Melodi Grand Prix 2022″ – The known details:

  1. As in 2 previous years, 5-6 artists will pre-qualify for the final. They will be selected by NRK.
  2. Both the semi-finals and the final will be broadcast from the H3 arena at Fornebu.
  3. The arena will be expanded to the absolute maximum of area, however we won’t see thousands of people in the audience
  4. According to EscNorge, around 1200 songs were submitted to the contest this year.
    The vast majority are written by Norwegian musicians.
  5. The competition will include 5 semi-finals and a grand final:

  • Semi-Final 115th of January 2022
  • Semi-Final 222nd of January 2022
  • Semi-Final 329th of January 2022
  • Semi-Final 4 5th of February 2022
  • Semi-Final 512th of February 2022
  • Grand Final 19th of February 2022

Will we see any returning artists in the upcoming Norwegian selection for Eurovision?
Who will represent the country in Turin?

Doron Lahav is 28 years old guy who lives in Israel. Doron watches Eurovision Song Contest since early 2000s. Doron works as a Data Scientist and also shows interest in singing and writing.

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