Earlier today, NRK confirmed the rumours that the final of Melodi Grand Prix 2016 will take place on February 27th.

The final will be hosted, like last year, by Silya Nymoen and Kåre Magnus Bergh. And as always; the venue is Oslo Spektrum.

Close to a 1000 songs have been submitted, and a group a four music experts from NRK are now in the process of reducing this number to 10.

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(The planning of next year’s Melodi Grand Prix is well under way, and at the moment the main focus is on selecting songs and artists. Close to 1000 submitted entries will be reduced to 10, who will then compete to represent Norway in Eurovision Song Contest.)

The ten finalists will be announced in January.

Jan Fredrik Karlsen, who has replaced Vivi Stenberg as musical manager for MGP, says that there will be great variation in musical genres, and also that NRK hasn’t chosen the most well known names. The artists have done exciting things earlier, so they are not complete newcomers, but the important thing, says Karlsen, is that the best song wins.

 

Traditionally this is one of the busiest weekends of the pre-season, and already we know that both Finland and Moldova will have their finals on the same night. It’s also the night of the 4th MF semi.

I'm Norwegian, presently living in Iceland. My mom loves Eurovision, and always let me stay up to watch the contest since before I can remember, so I'm "second generation Eurovision lunatic". My musical god is David Bowie, so I'm obviously not into the stereotypical Eurovision songs. I prefer the rocky/bluesy/jazzy/ethnic songs over schlager and mainstream ballads, though I occasionally surprise myself (and others)... I HATE canned drums and "Cvet Z juga". Photo © Tobias König

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