Norwegian quest for #Eurovision 2015 begins
OSLO, NORWAY – Two successful years in a row and Norway gears up for the next Eurovision Song Contest edition. NRK launched today the quest for the 2015 edition of Melodi Grand Prix through which the country decides its entry and artist for the ultimate music event of Europe.
Music coordinator for the event, Vivi Stenberg invites all artists to submit songs aiming to get a record of submissions in order for the broadcaster to make the best possible choice.
VIVI STENBERG STATED
“Basically, anyone can send in their songs, but of course it is an advantage to know what you’re getting into here. We want songwriters and artists that know they have what it takes to work on their song in strong competition with other songs … of course we are looking for songs that can win the Eurovision Song Contest, which next year will celebrate its 60th anniversary. Also, we would like songs that reflect the music we are good at producing here in Norway, and that is fortunately incredibly diverse”.
“IT’S A LEARNING PROCESS”, SAYS VIVI STENBERG
“When a song is selected by the jury, several months of hard work begin looking for an artist to perform the song, creating a stage presentation together with NRK’s team of directors, lighting desigers, scenographers and clothes designers, rehearsing the camera angles that give the song the right expression on TV, and much more besides. There is a lot of work behind the three minutes on the MGP-stage that people at home see on TV, but it is also an experience that the vast majority of artists find both exciting and educational (…) In addition, there is a lot of attention surrounding the artists who participate in Melodi Grand Prix, so you have to be ready to do a lot of interviews, radio appearences, meeting with fans and promoting yourself. If you win the entire thing, then a potential 195 million viewers from all over the world await you, and you need to be able to control your nerves and voice”
From 600 songs last year NRK narrowed the list to 15 of them for MGP. Stian Malme, MGP’s Project Manager, is not revealing changes for the show and the format which might end up to increase of songs in the final rounds.
STIAN MALME STATES
“We have evaluated this year’s competition thoroughly and take with us a lot of experience as we enter the planning phase for next year’s MGP. We want to excite and surprise the viewers, as well as give you all a traditionall MGP party”
Submissions due on September 1st, 2014! Check out the rules here
SOURCE: EUROVISION.TV / NRK.NO
DID YOU KNOW?
Melodi Grand Prix (MGP or Grand Prix) is an annual music competition organised by Norwegian public broadcaster Norsk Rikskringkasting (NRK). It determines the country’s representative for the Eurovision Song Contest, and has been staged almost every year since 1960. The festival has produced three Eurovision winners and nine top-five placings for Norway at the contest. However, Norway holds the record for the number of entries who have come last since entering Eurovision; 11 in all. Despite this, the competition still makes considerable impact on music charts in Norway, and in other Nordic countries, with the 2008 winner topping the Norwegian charts. (source: wikipedia.org)