Norway: Possible Changes in “Melodi Grand Prix 2023” Format

Norway has used the traditional music festival – “Melodi Grand Prix” as Eurovision national selection almost every year (except for 1997).
The submission window for selection closed on the 18th of September 2022.
Some of the songs have been written in songwriting camps.

According to the local media, and especially the podcast Grand Prix Podkasten , the format of the “Melodi Grand Prix 2023” might be different than usual:

As of last year, 21 songs will be part of the line-up.
However, the number of semi-final shows will be 3 (and not 4-5 as in 2020 – 2022).

What is still uncertain is whether the selection will include several automatic qualifiers (as in previous ones). Therefore, it is also possible to see more than 1 qualifier in each semi-final.

NRK, the Norwegian broadcaster, is still debating whether to include an international jury or not.
The last time an international jury was involved was in 2019.

Stig Karlsen, the head of the Norwegian delegation for Eurovision, added:

“There are 4 songs in the selection that can win Eurovision”

Arian Engebø and Stian “Staysman” Thorbjørnsen will host the “Melodi Grand Prix 2023″.
The selection will probably begin on the 14th of January 2023.

Subwoolfer represented Norway at Eurovision 2022 with the song “Give That Wolf a Banana” and ended in 10th place in the final:

Doron Lahav is 30-year-old, who lives in Israel. Doron has been watching the Eurovision Song Contest since early 2000s. Doron works as a Data Scientist and shows interest in singing and writing.

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