Norway: First details of MGP 2013 announced

Norway: First details of MGP 2013 announced
Melodi Grand Prix logo. Photo: NRK
Steinkjer, Norway -

Just a few weeks after the 2012 contest finished, the first details of Norway's national selection for 2013 have been announced with the town of Steinkjer set to host the first semi-final of Melodi Grand Prix.

In Baku, Tooji from Norway finished in last place and although disappointed with the result, Norwegian broadcaster NRK are keen to bounce back in 2013 when the contest will be held in neighbouring Sweden.

Yesterday, NRK announced that the town of Steinkjer in Nord-Trøndelag will play host to the first semi-final of Melodi Grand Prix 2013 on the 19th of January 2013. It will be held at the Steinkjer Campus venue and there will be space for approximately 3,000 people in the audience; the biggest ever event there!

In order to celebrate this news, singer Jens Petter Olsen and singers from the Steinkjer Mannsangforening performed a selection of Melodi Grand Prix and Eurovision Song Contest songs after the announcement was made. The organisers are happy to be able to "put Steinkjer on the map" by arranging the first heat of Norway's national selection.

A new talent show for local acts

In order to engage young and talented acts from the areas the heats will be held, a new concept has been developed called MGP Lokal where local youths aged between 11 and 17 years old will compete in a talent competition after which 5 acts will have the honour of performing as the warm up act for the Semi-Final shows of Melodi Grand Prix.

Further details of the Norwegian national selection will be published in the coming weeks and months so stay tuned!

The dates for the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest have been provisionally set as the 14th, 16th and 18th of May where the competition will be broadcast from Sweden. The city and venue are yet to be decided but stay tuned to where this information will be made available as soon as we get it!

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  • Posted on 21 June 2012 at 15:31
    Norways always sends FANTASTIC songs and I'm proud of Tooji.
    That boy has it all!! ♥
    Norway didn't deserve last place! :'(. That was very bad!. So, he's in MY TOP 3 in my heart! ♥
    The performance was AWESOME!

    Wish u all the best for 2013!
    And I hope u'll send an amazing song again! =) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 17 June 2012 at 23:03
    I agree with Fenixxxxas888, the EBU should be transparent and release the results, the national broadcasters are releasing the Jury results, and the EBU has had the televoting results since the final, Italy has released the televoting results, so people actually have them!!

    I hope Norway do well next year, and a last place in the final only means anything if it is a BIG 5 country. All the others got better than 16th place in the grand ranking, so why are people so bothered about a last place finish, if they have proved that they are better than the countries that have not qualified,

    I think Tooji was a victim of the Juries, so was the UK, why don't the Juries and Televoters vote on the same performance!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 15 June 2012 at 23:28
    I believe that it is somewhat unfair to claim that Tooji has finished in last place, since he went through to the final, so he finished after a great performance as 26th of 42. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 14 June 2012 at 22:04
    Norway definitely can do this, I hope the Netherlands too next year report to the moderator
  • Posted on 14 June 2012 at 09:32
    I totally agree with Fenixxxxas888. I got bored of waiting. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 13 June 2012 at 23:31
    Fenixxxxas888 is right. We are waiting almost for 3 weeks for the juri/televoting results!

    Please, publish this results, because you have them. Many people expects this results.

    P.S. : Fenixxxxas888, I like very much Lithuania entry from 2011. Evelina Sašenko has a great voice! ;) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 13 June 2012 at 18:43
    when will the split results be posted report to the moderator
  • Posted on 13 June 2012 at 15:21
    Dear, how mutch have we wait for split jury/televoting results!!!?? report to the moderator
  • Posted on 13 June 2012 at 15:09
    Last year, Norwegian final was soooo good ..
    And then they let Tooji win :')))) ?

    a little dissapointing if you ask me, it had the strongest national final in 2012 i think.
    i dont think at all Tooji was that good :p. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 13 June 2012 at 14:25
    I wasn't happy with Tooji's results, he was one of my favourites! report to the moderator