Norway’s national broadcaster NRK has confirmed the format for Melodi Grand Prix in 2021 will stay similar to the 2020 contest, with multiple semi-finals leading up to a grand final in February next year!
Five semi-finals will be held for the 2021 contest, with four songs taking part in each semi-final. The songs taking part in each semi-final will be revealed on the Monday before the show in a similar vein to the 2020 competition. The winner of each semi-final will qualify for the grand final on February 20th to be joined by six automatically qualified entries, to be revealed alongside the acts of Semi-Final 1 on January 11th.
The final will see 12 acts taking part, with the final open spot in the final being taken by the newly-introduced wildcard, which will see one of the losing semi-finalists given another chance at Eurovision glory in a special show on 16th February 2021, following an online vote to decide the lucky final act.
The shows will take place as follows in 2021;
- Semi-Final 1 – 16 January
- Semi-Final 2 – 23 January
- Semi-Final 3 – 30 January
- Semi-Final 4 – 6 February
- Semi-Final 5 – 15 February
- Wildcard Round – 16 February
- Final – 20 February
The voting is set to be entirely up to the Norwegian public vote.
Ingrid Gjessing Linhave, Ronny Brede Aase and Kåre Magnus Bergh will host Melodi Grand Prix 2021, with all three returning from hosting duties for the 2020 edition of the Norwegian contest. Ingrid added that “the three of us are so excited to be hosting MGP again! We have gotten a chance to listen to the songs and we believe MGP will be better than ever. We are looking forward to sharing the music and the artists with everyone”
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