NORWAY – Norwegian national broadcaster, NRK is surely excited with the almost 1,200 submission for the 2018 edition of Melodi Grand Prix, the annual festival through which the country selects its Eurovision entry and artist.
Submissions are a record number this year breaking the one of 2016 and 2017 by almost 200.
Newly appointed Melodi Grand Prix project leader, Stig Karlsen stated: There are many talented people that have shown engagement towards next year’s MGP. It’s gonna hurt to pick just ten songs and artists who will be competing to represent Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon.
Oslo Spektrum will host the national final of Norway next in March.
Factoid: Norway has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 56 times since making its debut in 1960 and has only been absent twice since then. In 1970, the country boycotted the contest over disagreements about the voting structure, and in 2002, they were relegated. Norway has won the contest three times. The contest is broadcast in Norway by NRK, which also broadcasts Norway’s national selection competition, the Melodi Grand Prix.