Norway: Auto-Tune Will Be Permitted For “Melodi Grand Prix 2023” Live Performances

Norwegian broadcaster NRK will hold a national selection for Eurovision 2023: “Melodi Grand Prix 2023”.

The hosts will be Arian Engebø and Stian Thorbjørnsen

According to Norwegian website VG, the “Melodi Grand Prix 2023” will feature auto-tune use!
Stig Karlsen, the head of the Norwegian delegation, commented:

MGP follows the development of the concert industry and music shows on TV, by allowing tuning of the lead vocal for MGP 2023.
It is absolutely essential that the artists we select for MGP deliver at a high level, even without effects. In those cases where we do not know the artist’s performance level live, they are invited to an audition.

However, the use of auto-tune makes us wonder: Is it only a matter of time until auto-tune will be allowed in the Eurovision Song Contest?
The use of pre-recorded backing-vocals has also started as an “experiment”, and it seems it will stay with us forever.
Will this change influence the level of vocalsits participating in “Melodi Grand Prix“?

The road to the final night will include 3 semi finals featuring these 21 acts:

Semi-Final 1: Saturday, 14th of January 2023

  1. Ulrikke — Honestly (Eurovision 2020)
  2. Erik Næss — Wave
  3. Kate Gulbrandsen — Tårer I Paradis (Eurovision 1987)
  4. Rasmus Thall — TRESKO
  5. Alessandra Mele — Queen of Kings (The Voice of Norway)
  6. Jowst & Byron Williams Jr — Freaky for the Weekend (JOWST: Eurovision 2017)
  7. Umami Tsunami — Geronimo

Snippets (made by EuroAlfa):

Semi-Final 2: Saturday, 21st of January 2023

  1. Sandra Lyng — Drøm D Bort (The Voice of Norway)
  2. Jone — Ekke Inni Meg
  3. Swing’it — Prohibition
  4. Ella A — Waist
  5. Alejandro Fuentes — Fuego (MGP 2018)
  6. Bjørn Olav — Turn Off My Heart
  7. Elsie Bay — Love You In A Dream (MGP 2022)

Snippets (made by EuroAlfa):

Semi-Final 3: Saturday, 28th of January 2023

  1. Skrellex — Love Again
  2. Tiril — Break It
  3. Akuvi — Triumph (MGP 2020)
  4. Atle Pettersen  — Masterpiece (MGP 2021)
  5. Eline Thorp — Not Meant to Be
  6. Maria Cein — Freya
  7. Stig Van Eijk — Someday (Eurovision 1999)

Snippets (made by EuroAlfa):

The important dates for the “Melodi Grand Prix 2023″ are:

  • Semi-Final 1 Songs RevealedMonday, 9th of January 2023
  • Semi-Final 1: Saturday, 14th January 2023
  • Semi-Final 2 Songs RevealedMonday, 16th of January 2023
  • Semi-Final 2: Saturday, 21st January 2023
  • Semi-Final 3 Songs RevealedMonday, 23rd of January 2023
  • Semi-Final 3: Saturday, 28th January 2023
  • Grand Final: Saturday, 4th February 2023

“Melodi Grand Prix 2023” – Format

  • The selection will include 3 semi-finals and a grand final.
  • 7 artists will compete in each semi-final.
  • 3 artists will qualify for the final, each semi-final.
  • A 100% public vote will determine the results of the semi-finals.
  • The final results will be determined by a 50% public vote and a 50% international jury.

What do you think about the use of auto-tune?
What do you think about the artists?
Which artist will represent Norway at Eurovision 2023?

Don’t forget to visit our full guide to Eurovision 2023: Our Eurovision 2023 homepage

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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