This morning, NRK officially presented the artists that will compete in this year’s Melodi Grand Prix, which takes place on Saturday 11th March at the Oslo Spektrum.
From the 1,000 submissions received by the broadcaster, the songs were whittled down to a shortlist of ten. The ten artists and songs competing are:
- Ammunition – Wrecking crew
Åge Sten Nilsen, Erik Mårtensson
- Ulrikke – Places
Ulrikke Brandstorp, Tony Alexander Skjevik
- Amina Sewali – Mesterverk
- JOWST – Grab The Moment
Joakim With Steens
- Kristian Valen – You & I
- Elin & The Woods – First step in faith/Oadjebasvuhtii
Robin Lynch, Elin Kåven
- Jenny Augusta – I Go Where You Go
Jenny Augusta, Inga Þyri Þórðardóttir
- Ella – Mamma Boy
Per Kristian Ottestad, Ida Maria
- Rune Rudberg Band – Run Run Away
Peter Danielson, Åsa, Mars Larsson
- In Fusion – Nothing Ever Knocked Us Over
Gustav Euren, Danne Atlerud, Niklas Arn, Ulrik Eurén, Cissi Kallin
During the announcement, NRK released short snippets of each song and confirmed that full versions would be available from 15th February. You can listen to the short teasers of each song in the video below:
Changes to the format
NRK also announced that due to their underwhelming result last year, which saw them fail to qualify for the first time since 2011, there would be a minor change in the format of this year’s competition.
In order to send a song that warms the hearts of a European audience, an international jury consisting of 10-12 members will be present and will vote for their favourite act – a winning formula already implemented in many national selections including Norway’s neighbouring countries, Sweden and Finland.
As in previous years, four acts will qualify and progress to a super final where the winner will be chosen solely by the Norwegian public.