Norway: The competing songs of Melodi Grand Prix 2023 Third Semi- Final are out!

Norway: The competing songs of Melodi Grand Prix 2023 Third Semi- Final are out!
Monday, 23 January 2023

  • The Norwegian broadcaster, NRK, has released the songs that will be competing in the third semi-final of the national selection for Eurovision 2023, MGP 2023. 

    After the second semi-final of the Norweigian national selection for Eurovision 2023, NRK went on today revealing the third set of semifnalists of Melodi Grand Prix 2023. Akuvi, Atle Pettersen who have both competed in Melodi Grand Prix before and Stig van Eijk who represented Norway in 1999 , are in the third semi-final participants.

     

    Namely, the seven addtional acts that will be competing in the third semi-final heat are: 

    • Skrellex — “Love Again”
    • Tiril — “Break It”
    • Akuvi — “Triumph”
    • Atle Pettersen — “Masterpiece”
    • Eline Thorp — “Not Meant to Be”
    • Maria Celin — “Freya”
    • Stig van Eijk — “Someday”

     

    All song are available to listen to here.

     

     

    Melodi Grand Prix 2023

     

    Fewer semis and contestants

    In the 2023 MGP the semi-final heat will be reduced from five rounds that we saw the previous editions down to three. The second chance semi-final will also be removed from the next national selection. 

    In addition no prequalified acts for next year's competition. During the three semifinals 21 acts will all have to compete for a spot in the Grand final and we won't see six prequalified acts having reserved a spot in the final. 

     

    Semis without duels

    In the three semifinals 21 acts will take part, but instead of competing in duels as in previous editions the will compete against each other in sets of 7. In each semi final round out of the seven contestants the top three with the most votes will advance to the Grand final. 

    Also for the first time the final will not take place in Oslo but will be transfered to Trondheim which will be hosting the next edition with the grand final set for February 4, 2023. 

     

    The results

    Unlike previous edition, MGP 2023 will see the return of the international juries, as an effort to increase the chance of winning the Eurovision Song Contest. The jury will be made up by music experts from a number of countries.

     

    The timeline

    On January 4, 2023 we had the chance to find out the artists that will be participating in the Norwegian national selection while the songs of each semi final is released the Monday before each show. MGP 2023 will unfold according to the following schcedule: 

    • 1st Semi-Final – January 14
    • 2nd Semi-Final – January 21
    • 3rd Semi-Final – January 28
    • Grand Final – February 4

     

    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 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. Last 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. 

    Last year, Subwoolfer were crowned winners of Melodi Grand Pirx 2022 with the song 'Give that wold a banana' and flew the flag in Turin where they achieved to finish 10th with 182 points in the overall score. 

     

    News Source:NRK

    Image: JULIA MARIE NAGLESTAD / NRK

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