Due to the cancellation of the Eurovision Song Contest 2020, many artist have already been internally chosen for the 2021 edition. According to the Norwegian broadcaster NRK, Ulrikke Brandstorp has declined their offer to participate in MGP 2021, in a meeting with NRK earlier this week. She will however perform this years winning song “Attention” and a brand new song as an interval act during the Grand Final next year.
NRK also just announced that Melodi Grand Prix 2021 will go ahead as planned, with semi finals leading up to a Grand Final with 10 brand new songs. The semi finals were re-introduced this year to celebrate MGPs 60th anniversary, after five years with one Grand Final only. How many semi finals and song there will be in 2021 as well as the host city is yet to be announced by NRK. This decision has been made based on NRKs traditions with MGP, and that they will continue with the tradition that is Melodi Grand Prix due to its value.
MGP has always been an important platform for Norwegian music. Due to the situation were in at the moment, it is important now more than ever to maintain this tradition and to showcase the breadth of Norwegian artists and newly written songs.Christina Rezk Resar, NRK Underholdning
More information about Melodi Grand Prix 2021 will be announced later this year.