Today the Norwegian broadcaster NRK has announced their plans for the upcoming Melodi Grand Prix. This year, the traditional national final will undergo quite some changes.

NRK decided to drop the semi finals – instead, the national final will only consist of one show with 10 participants. A special jury will pick the contestants out of a pool of about 800 submissions (which is a 30% increase compared to last year). The big show will take place on 14 March.

Having been abolished in 1999, one of the traditional Eurovision elements will make its comeback in the Norwegian preselection – the live orchestra. The 10 acts will have the possibility of being accompanied by NRK’s very own radio orchestra. However, the participants can also choose to sing with a prerecorded backing track instead.

Are you happy about the format changes? Share your opinion in the comments below or join our discussion on the forum!

Source: NRK

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  1. Florian Rahn

    November 11, 2014 at 21:20

    Christian Eurovision xD

  2. Ingeborg Nakkeid

    November 11, 2014 at 20:59

    This I have been thinking of for many years, it is much better and more exciting.

  3. Matt

    November 11, 2014 at 20:00

    It certainly makes me very happy. EBU, please take a lesson and do the same.

  4. Gavin A-Rainey

    November 11, 2014 at 10:43

    This will make many people happy – and I like them having a choice of whether to use or not. Although, in the selection process I’m guessing that they’re going to select some songs to specifically use the orchestra which could be at a cost of a good song.

  5. Ahmet Koncak

    November 11, 2014 at 10:43

    I can not imagine “Bombo” style songs singing with orchestra :S

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