New and known artists submit songs to Norwegian selection
Sunday was the deadline for submissions for the Norwegian selection show, “Melodi Grand Prix.” The national broadcaster NRK has received around 600 songs.
“It’s about as many as last year, so we’re very happy with that,” said Vivi Stenberg, head of MGP, to Norwegian newspaper VG.
In addition, some extra songs will be handpicked by Stenberg and a jury group, who will decide the final songs for the show.
Both newcomers and familiar faces
It is a mix of both newcomers and familiar faces, according to Stenberg. “There’s a lot of names I had to look up. It’s a lot of hopeful songwriters that haven’t been published before. But there’s also some known names and some former MGP participants.”
In October, Stenberg and a jury will review the submitted songs. The jury consists of people with knowledge of the Norwegian music scene and different genres, who view music from different perspectives, according to Stenberg. “It will be a lot of work and a lot of music, but this is what I’ve been looking forward to since I left Malmö. To just dive into the material. It’s a privilege to get to listen to all of the music that people have been creating. It’s important to take it seriously,” Stenberg said.
New selection format
Just before the Eurovision week of Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Malmö, NRK announced that it would change the format and abolish the semi-finals of MGP and only do one big show in one night. NRK has used semi-finals for the selection for the past eight years.
But the qualification aspect will not disappear. Instead of the old semi-final format, three shows with only five acts in each will air. Of those five, three will qualify, creating a final of nine performances. These smaller qualification shows will have a heavier focus on the artists and songwriters and their journey from their selection for MGP to the night of their performance.
Source: VG, NRK