Eurovision Norway has revealed that the next series of Melodi Grand Prix, while featuring the same number of songs, will be split into three semi-finals and a grand final, rather than the usual five and second-chance round. Exact dates are yet to be revealed.
Speaking on the MGP companion podcast, ‘Grand Prix Podkasten’, Head of Delegation Stig Karlsen said he believes there are “four songs that can take the Eurovision trophy” this year, a statement that has piqued the interest of some eager Eurofans, although no artists have been rumoured yet.
There was also mention of debate about the inclusion of an international jury at the 2023 show, an idea floated prior to the 2022 edition that was ultimately scrapped, in favour of the 100% online voting system used at MGP since 2020.
Despite Norway’s hardly mean feat of finishing in the Top 10 six times out of the last ten editions of the Eurovision Song Contest, MGP has been criticised for its drawn-out semi-finals format and seemingly one-sided voting system that favours already-established artists and novelty acts. Last year’s winners Subwoolfer, the masked singers from the Moon, claimed 10th place in Turin, including 7th with the public, with their viral craze of a song Give That Wolf A Banana.
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