The search for MGP 2015 begins in Norway!
It has hardly been a month since Carl Esben represented Norway in the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen, but now it all starts over.
Norwegian national broadcaster NRK has launched the search for entries for next year’s Melodi Grand Prix.
Looking for winners and diversity
As last year, Vivi Stenberg runs the show and is responsible for selecting artists and songs, along with a jury. “We are of course looking for songs that can win the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest, which celebrates its 60th anniversary next year. Of course we also hope for songs that reflect the kind of music we are good at here in Norway, which luckily is very diverse,” she said to nrk.no.
It is up to the jury to select the lucky few that will enter the shows. Last year, around 600 songs were submitted and only 15 made it through.
Format of 2015 unknown
The format of the show has not yet been revealed and is a work in progress. “We have thoroughly evaluated the previous shows and bring a lot of good experience with us as we enter the planning phase for next year’s MGP. We wish to excite and surprise the audience, while at the same time supplying the beloved MGP party,” said Stian Malme, the MGP project manager.
In 2014, the Melodi Grand Prix show saw a radical change in format, completely removing the traveling semi-finals lasting over several weeks, that had been used since 2006. The show also got rebranded and attempted to get closer to the artists, now in a smaller MGP-packed weekend with a show every night, followed by a big final the following weekend.
The new format was not an immediate success and saw low ratings, which also reflected in low voting numbers for the final.
The show was criticized for alienating the fans of glitter, confetti, and everything glamorous, while the much smaller semi-finals were labeled as boring. “Those who love glam and glitter have lost their concept. NRK wishes to make MGP a more musical thing, where party, glam, and glitter, and everything MGP is usually known for, is removed – and it’s obvious that it offends those who love MGP,” said Åge Sten Nilsen, the lead singer of Wig Wam, to VG.
Time will tell if NRK decides to make changes to the format or if they stick with their ideas. The contest is open to everyone who is 16 or older and submission will be open until September 1.