Melodi Grand Prix 2017 will be the 55th edition of the Norwegian national final Melodi Grand Prix and will select Norway’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. In the aim of improving Norway’s chances of victory, international juries will be reintroduced into the Melodi Grand Prix format; international juries were previously used to select Norway’s entries in 1985 and 1995, which resulted in the selection of songs that went on to win the Eurovision Song Contest.A submission period was opened by NRK on 9 June 2016 and lasted until 11 September 2016. Prior to the deadline, a record-breaking number of 1,035 entries were submitted to NRK. Songwriters of any nationality were allowed to submit entries, while the performers of the selected songs will be chosen by NRK in consultation with the songwriters. In addition to the public call for submissions, NRK reserves the right to directly invite certain artists and composers to compete. In late 2016 and early 2017, ten songs from different genres was chosen to participate, and the selected singers, entries and composers was revealed on 7 February.