Over the last few months, we’ve been learning more about the Norwegian selection for 2018. Like in previous years, they are opting to continue the Melodi Grand Prix format of public selection, which is the same selection process that gave them a 10th place in the 2017 contest with the song Grab The Moment.
In our previous post, we discovered that the Norwegian broadcaster NRK have received around 1200 song submissions for the national selection that we now know will be held on the 10th of March. There will be only one show, and it will feature 10 acts that a music jury will select from the masses of song selections. We’re not envious of their task, that’s for sure!
We also know that the Norway will hold their national final at the Oslo Spektrum arena, and tickets for the show will go on sale in the coming weeks. We also know that Melodi Grand Prix will take place on the same night as the final of Sweden’s Melodifestivalen final, and quite likely other national finals of 2018. However, if the songs are of incredible quality like we are expecting from the commonly successful Eurovision nation, the show will be one not to miss.
Melodi Grand Prix chief Stig Karlsen is upbeat about the selection and the record number of submissions, so we’re expecting big things from the Scandi nation! Norway’s history at the contest has been lengthy and has had its ups and downs. Norway has actually finished last in the Eurovision final more times than any other nation in the history of the contest, and has also received nul points a total of 4 times, which is equal to Austria in the contest. Although Norway have had their lows at the contest, they’ve also had some highs which include three well deserved wins at the contest, in 1985 with Boobysocks, 1995 with Secret Garden and in 2009 with Alexander Rybak. Listen to their most recent winning song Fairytale down below, and remind yourself of their 2017 also down below!