Norway has quite an intriguing record of achieving last place at the Eurovision Song Contest continuously adding to that through their most recent participation by Tooji whose Stay failed to drum up the points and thus languished at the bottom of the board with just seven (7) points received from Iceland, Sweden and The Netherlands. The selection process in the past couple of years has been coordinated fruitfully but none other than Per Sundnes, the main who created the current version of the Melodi Grand Prix and also the same individual who was responsible for two successful results at the event, the first one being in 2008 with Maria Haukaas Storeng and her fifth place with the song Hold On, Be Strong and the second being a victory thanks to Fairytale by Alexander Rybak.
Nevertheless, the success for Per has been diminishing in the past three years with Norway failing to make an impact on home soil with Didrik Solli-Tangen and My Heart Is Yours then failing to quality with Haba Haba by Stella Mwangi in 2011 and now another last place finish this year. Despite all of this, NRK was prepared to give him another chance but Per believes that his time is over and should someone else carry on the baton for Norway and indeed handed on his resignation from the position. There has been a lot of speculation on the replacement and it seems that a decision has been reached noting that Vivi Stenberg has been appointed to take up the role having worked for four years on the music programme entitled Lydverket as well as currently working on the programme Nasjonalgalleriet.
Speaking to a local tabloid, she stated that ths process will commence in the autumn as she looks for songwriters and performers who are ready to take part in the competition and along with project manager, Stian Malme, the same one who took care of the Melodi Grand Prix this year, will be bringing about some changes to the overall outcome of the procedure. She will be doing things differently noting that she will start by not organizing the private dinner parties that Sundnes held each year to honour all of those who were selected to the final round of the competition. She will definitely aim to be close to the artists nevertheless in her own methods.
With regards to the Eurovision Song Contest, she states 'I was an avid fan as a child but while I lived overseas for a number of years, I lost touch with Eurovision completely. I've watched closely however during the last five or six years, I've got an average relationship to Melodi Grand Prix; just like the average Norwegian, I get very involved when that time of year comes around - it'll be quite strange to start working with the project, but loads of fun'. She also believes that Tooji had a good song and will be working hard to bring about some great talent to the selection. NRK along with the general public hope that the decision is the right one and that Vivi brings about the much needed positive result for the country in the esteemed music event.
Source: NRK, Eurovisionary