The NRK concert orchestra is back in Melodi Grand Prix!
To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Eurovision Song Contest, NRK, the Norwegian television broadcaster, has brought back the live orchestra for the final in Melodi Grand Prix. This is the Norwegian selection for Eurovision, and will take place on March 14, 2015.
The orchestra was permanent in MGP from 1960 to 1998, and they are now back celebrating both Eurovision’s 60th anniversary, 30 years since Norway won ESC for the first time in 1985 with “La Det Swinge”, performed by Bobbysocks, and 20 years since their second win with Secret Garden’s “Nocturne”.
For the past nine years, NRK have done semi-finals around the country, with great success. Last year they held MGP as a festival in the capitol, Oslo, with the semi-finals and the final over a few days. The interest for MGP sank, and this year the competition is being held like in “the old days” with just the final, which is to be held in Oslo Spektrum. The arena can take up to 7,000 spectators, depending on how the stage is to be built.
Due to the past year’s good results for Norway in Eurovision, this year, NRK have received 30% more submissions to MGP, and Music Chief, Vivi Stenberg, claims the quality is very good.
Of 800 submissions, there will be 10 entries in the final this year, not 15 as it was when there were semi-finals also. This has made the job to pick out the entries much more difficult for the jury.
The concert orchestra will contribute to the songs, and bring more variety and excitement to the songs in the contest. The genres will be a mix, like in the past contest, and it’s up to the songwriters and the artist to how much they will use the orchestra in their act.