Trondheim to host Norway’s Melodi Grand Prix final
Norway have announced a number of changes to help celebrate the 60th anniversary of their National Final ‘Melodi Grand Prix’.
The big news out today is that Trondheim, and not Oslo, will host the final.
It’s been 31 years since MGP was held outside of Oslo and will only be the third time ever that’s occurred.
“We are excited to take the national final to Trondheim next year. We hope the people of Trondheim are ready to create a massive celebration for everyone, near the middle of our sprawling country” the head of MGP, Stig Karlsen, said.
Trondheim is the third largest city in Norway, and the regional capital of Trøndelag county. The final will be held in the arena “Trondheim Spektrum”.
Moving the national final is far from the only change next year. Several steps are being taken to create an extra special celebration of the music competition:
There will be five semi-finals before the national final, one for each region in Norway (North, Middle, West, South, East).
The semifinal will be broadcasted live before live audiences, from H3 Arena in Fornebu in the Oslo region.
The semifinals will include four local artists from the specific region.
They will compete and the televoters decide which one of them qualifies for the national final in Trondheim.
Five artists have pre-qualified for the grand finale. They are chosen by a jury led by Stig Karlsen. These five artists will perform their song in one semi-final each.
There will be no European jury votes next year. The winner of MGP 2019 will be strictly in the hands of the Norwegian viewers.
“I can promise you great songs, amazing artists, pyrotechnics, confetti, fabulous hosts and everything you expect from MGP. And of course, we are so happy to welcome KEiiNO back to perform after the incredible year they’ve had,” Karlsen says.
November 14th: Ticket sales open.
December: Hosts will be revealed
January 3rd: The five pre-qualified artists will be presented at a press conference in Oslo. The regional artists will be revealed over the next five weeks, starting with the five artists from the south on January 6th.
January 11th: Semi-final for Southern Norway
January 18th: Semi-final for Eastern Norway
January 25th: Semi-final for Central Norway
February 1st: Semi-final for Western Norway February 8th: Semi-final for Northern Norway
February 15th: Grand Finale in Trondheim.