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Saturday, 08 December 2012 00:25

Norway: NRK Planning Melodi Grand Prix Suspense

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NRK, the broadcaster responsible for the Norwegian participation in the Eurovision Song Contest has been known to organise one of the most popular selection procedures in the continent alongside other Scandinavian nations such as Sweden and Denmark. Following three successive disappointing results, there is a lot to prove now especially as a brand new musical director takes up the role following the resignation of Per Sundnes. Vivi Stenberg has been quietly working on the selection procedure and has reinvigorated the Melodi Grand Prix by obtaining some aid from a number of local music professionals in the form of; Kristin Winsents, Gisle Stokland and Christine Dancke. All three have become notable figures on the radio but also boast credentials in journalism and songwriting on an individual basis. Twenty one entries will be competing to represent Norway at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Sweden but the acts will not be revealed anytime soon with the suspense set to become a major factor behind every decision taken at NRK with regards to the Melodi Grand Prix.

The broadcaster was proud to announce that they received around six hundred submissions for the 2013 edition of the Melodi Grand Prix with tracks coming forth from Greece, United States and Sweden and whilst the entries have been chosen, the revelations will be made in the days leading up to the respective semi-final. As a matter of fact, a brand new programme airing on NRK 1 the Wednesday each show will be the marking of revelation to the people and the media. Vivi Stenberg spoke to the official website of the Eurovision Song Contest saying that 'With this, all the artists will have an equal starting point, by being revealed on live tv. We hope that this will increase the curiosity and excitement surrounding the competition'. Norway won the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2009 thanks to Alexander Rybak and his track Fairytale but it has been a downhill spiral from then onwards with their most recent effort Stay performed by Tooji finishing in last place behind Engelbert Humperdinck of the United Kingdom. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news from Norway as they compete in the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Sweden.

Source: NRK, Eurovision.tv


Last modified on Saturday, 08 December 2012 00:30