Earlier today, Norwegian broadcaster NRK revealed the full details of the national selection for Eurovision 2023: “Melodi Grand Prix 2023“.
It was revealed that there will be three semi-finals and one grand final which will take place in the city of Trondheim, Norway.21 acts will be presented on 4th January 2023.
Dates are as follows:
- Semi-Final 1: 14th January 2023
- Semi-Final 2: 21st January 2023
- Semi-Final 3: 28th January 2023
- Grand Final: 4th February 2023
In recent years a number of artists had been guaranteed a place in the grand final, but this year that’s no more.
Sting Karlsen commented:
There were several good reasons for the solution with pre-qualified acts, but MGP is in constant development. We are now going for a competitive 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,
The main details:
- Semi-finals are cut from 5 to 3 semi-finals, and there will be no ”last chance” round either. Offer more music in each semi-final.
- 7 acts will compete in each semi-final, and there will be no duels, and the voting process starts after all artists have been performed.
- The top 3 acts from each semi-final will move on to the grand final.
- Further changes have been made for the Grand Final, with the return of the International Jury. The jury has been re-introduced to increase the chances of winning the Eurovision Song Contest. The jury will be formed of music professionals from several international countries, and the jury members will be announced following the final.
The grand final of the Melodi Grand Prix will take place outside of Oslo from 2020.
Stig Karlsen commented:
”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 see 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.”
As we have reported before, Arian Engebø and Stian “Staysman” Thorbjørnsen will host “Melodi Grand Prix 2023″
Subwoofer represented Norway at Eurovision Song Contest 2022 with the song ”Give That Wold a Banana’‘.They came in 10th place in the grand final with 182 points.