Norway 2015: NRK finally makes the dream come true
OSLO, NORWAY – From today, you can purchase tickets for 53rd Melodi Grand Prix, the Norwegian national selection. For the Jubilee contest in Vienna (and the 30th and 20th anniversary of their 2 first victories), NRK want to hold an unforgettable show. Hence, MGP has been revamped.
First the submission period was an early but long one (from June 5th to September 1st) and NRK was proud to announce they had received almost 800 entries this year, an increase of 30%. He broadcater has also decided to invite artists and composer to compete. Another change will be the length of the competition.
Just like its Danish counterpart (and namesake), MGP will be reduced to one grand final only. Some would say that NRK wants to save money, others will declare that the national broadcaster just wants to focus on a single night in order to make it big and unforgettable. The return of a live orchestra tends to defend the second theory. Indeed, wthe 54 members of the Norwegian Radio orchestra will be present on Oslo Spektrum’s stage!
In early January the names of the 10 contestants will be revealed and we will have to wait until March 14th to know who’s going to succeed Carl Espen on Eurovision stage.
With one of the earliest calls for songs, and one of the latest national finals, NRK has definitely decided to take time to make MGP 2015 one of the greatest national finals this year!
With the finals of Melodifestivalen (Sweden) and Melodi Grand Prix (Norway)on the very same evening, March 14th will be a big Scandinavian night that will conclude this year’s Eurovision selection period!
DID YOU KNOW?
In 2015, Norway will send it’s 54th entrant to the Eurovision Song Contest. The Norwegien Eurovision experience is a real rollercoaster! The land of fjords holds the sad record of being the country that finished last the most (11 times!), ending with 0 points on 4 occasions! Nevertheless, Norway has also a good record of 11 top 5 and 21 top 10 results in the contest. The country has won the trophy three times (1985, 1995 and 2009), with also the record of points for a winner (Alexander Rybak got an unprecedented score of 387!). Last year in Copenhagen, Carl Espen finished 8th in the Grand Final with his emotional song “Silent Storm”.