Norway: NRK reveals the Melodi Grand Prix 2022 first semi final duels

Norway: NRK reveals the Melodi Grand Prix 2022 first semi final duels
Friday, 14 January 2022

  • Norway's national broadcaster, NRK, has revelaed the duels of the first semi-final of Melodi Grand Prix 2022, the show that will determine the nation's Eurovision hopeful. 


    Melodi Grand Prix is kicking off this weekend, with a total of 21 acts to participate in this year's national selection. The first four semifnalists are taking the stage this Saturday and one pre-qualified act will be presenting her entry. 


    Namely the duels we will see compete in Saturday's first semi-final show are: 

    • Mira Craig – “We Still Here” vs  Eline Noelia – “Ecstasy”
    • Frode – “Black Flowers” vs  TrollfesT – “Dance Like a Pink Flamingo”

    The winner of each duel will progress to a final golden duel which will determine which act will win the ticket for the Grand final of Melodi Grand Prix. 

    In addition in each show up to the Grand final one of the pre-qualified acts will present its entry. In the first semi final  Elsie Bay is set to present her “Death of Us”.


    This year's national selection will consist of six shows, four semi final rounds, a last chance heat and one Grand final show. Here is how the MGP 2022 will unfold: 

    • January 15 – Semi-Final One
    • January 22 – Semi-Final Two
    • January 29 – Semi-Final Three
    • February 5 – Semi-Final Four
    • February 12 – Second Chance Round
    • February 19 – Grand Final


    Norway in Eurovision 

    Norway has been taking part in the Eurovision Song contest since 1960 and has won the contest three times, in 1985, 1995 and 2009. However the country has marked some records , as it has finished in the last place most times than any other country, finishing in the last placing on the scoreboard 11 times. A total of four times it has received zero points, while in 2009 victory it received the remarkable number 16 sets of 12 points and was voted by every single country, reaching the impressive winning score of 387 points! Norway hasn’t qualified two times in the final the last decade, in 2011 with Stella Mwangi and in 2016 with Agnete

    In 2018 the country was represented for the second time by Alexander Rybak and his song That’s How You Write A Song, which finished in the 15th place of the grand final. In 2019 the three member group KEiiNo with their entry “Spirit in the Sky” defended the Norwegian colors in Tel Aviv achieving a remarkable 1st place in the televoting while they finished 6th on the overall scoreboard.

    Ulrikke won Melodi Grand Prix 2020 and was set to go on and represent Norway at the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam with her entry “Attention” . Unfortunately the contest was cancelled due to the covid-19 pandemic  and the female act never saw her Eurovision journey completed.

    This year TIX was crowned winner in the national final with his song 'Fallen Angel' which he performed on Rotterdam Ahoy's stage achieving to qualify to the grand final, where he finished 18th. 


    News Source: NRK