This morning NRK announced that the final of Melodi Grand Prix 2020 will take place in Trondheim Spektrum!
It’s been 31 years since the Norwegian national final has been organized outside of the capital. Stig Karlsen, the project manager for MGP 2020 tells nrk.no;
It is about time we host the final somewhere other than Oslo, and we can’t wait to organize a party for everybody in Trondheim on 15 February. People can expect a huge show; confetti, pyro and great artists performing great songs. It will be a fantastic show!
Karlsen continues by saying he thinks this is the perfect time to host the MGP-final somewhere other than Oslo. It is the 60th anniversary of Norway’s participation in Eurovision, and Trondheim just opened their new arena, Trondheim Spektrum.
Seeing as MGP is such a huge production it needs a lot of space and a big stage. Norway doesn’t have many arenas that fit the bill, but Trondheim Spektrum is perfect for this kind of event. It just opened this fall and has a capacity of 12000.
Trondheim Spektrum is located in the center of Trondheim, and is used for sports, culture and conferences. In addition to the MGP-final, the arena will also be hosting the 2020 European Men’s Handball Championship.
The final will consist of ten finalists who will be selected through two different processes. The first five will be selected internally by NRK, while the last five will be selected by the tv audience in five semi-finals. NRK will broadcast the semi-finals live on Saturdays, starting 11 January.