Norway calls for songs for new format selection

Norway calls for songs for new format selection
Margaret Berger on stage in Malmö. Photo: Thomas Hanses (EBU)
Oslo, Norway -

In the most radical shake-up of its national selection in years, Norwegian broadcaster NRK has called for entries to be submitted for next year's Melodi Grand Prix.

The Norwegian national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest or Melodi Grand Prix has become enshrined in the collective cultural heritage of Norway since it first appeared on television screens in 1960.

In that time it has gone through many changes, the most recent of which was in 2006 when the semi-final format was launched. Subsequent minor adjustments have helped keep the event fresh and contemporary but now NRK are looking to completely relaunch and revolusionise this popular TV and musical extravaganza.

A breathtaking final with a big build-up

In May, NRK announced that they are looking to do away with the semi-final shows and instead focus on making the music and good songs stand out even more.

Although keen to keep their cards close to their chests, the production team at NRK have revealed that they are working on a new model where a number of programs will function as a build-up to a magnificent Grand Final at the Oslo Spektrum arena.

"Surprise us"

Vivi Stenberg, Norway's very own music-guru, is in charge of finding the right songs to take part in Melodi Grand Prix. After a very successful 4th place for Margaret Berger in Malmö, she knows exactly what she is looking for for 2014:

"I want good songs that reflect the music genres we like to listen to in Norway. I hope to be suprised so please think up something new and exciting", she encourages.

She is also very keen for people not think they have to write a typical "Eurovision song".

When talking about the upcoming changes to the Melodi Grand Prix format, Vivi Stenberg said:

"We will endeavour to tell more of a story around those who are participating so that the viewers can become much better acquainted with whoever is standing on stage and the individual entries. It is going to be very exciting but at the same time scary to make changes to something that has existed for over 50 years. We approach this task with reverence but that just makes it even more fun!"

Submit your song

NRK do not hide the fact that they would prefer Norwegian composers and songwriters to submit their entries but any submission from abroad is very welcome.

You can find out more about entering Melodi Grand Prix 2014 on NRK's website, where English instructions are also available.

All entries must be submitted by the 15th of September.

The winner of Melodi Grand Prix next year will have the honour of representing Norway at the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest in Denmark, which is currently slated to take place on the 13th, 15th and 17th of May.


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  • Posted on 28 July 2013 at 21:19
    The finals nexr year will be 6th, 8th and 10th of May !! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 17 July 2013 at 15:46
    No dont get rid of the semi-finals - otherwise we barely get to listen to any songs! :( Why not have 2 semi finals with 8 songs each and then 4 go to the final? I love the songs from Melodi Grand Prix and I'm worried that the jurors would pick bad songs just to get different genres, so that we never hear some amazing song written for the competition... please just think about it :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 14 July 2013 at 03:05
    Great Performance !! Beautiful , and has a Wonderful Voice !! It was an Outstanding Effort !! Bravo Margaret !!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 8 July 2013 at 15:36
    Margaret had a great song and performance this year. I have watched the taped show about 40 times now and Norway is definitely one of my favourites from 2013. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 7 July 2013 at 21:38
    Not Norway please. Too expensive for fans from around the world .. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 7 July 2013 at 21:38
    No Norway please. Too expensive for fans from around the world .. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 7 July 2013 at 04:49
    A single night probably is better because it draws more focus on the songs. Formats over multiple weeks draw focus more on the personalities, the stories, of the artists. Sweden has suffered heavily from this. If you want semi-finals, cut it to 2 or 3, and cut the second chance round. The second-chance can come simply by a jury wildcard or even a special TV program for a televote. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 7 July 2013 at 01:15
    We want Secret Garden! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 4 July 2013 at 07:11
    A traditionnal song please ??? report to the moderator
  • Posted on 4 July 2013 at 03:56
    I will be trying their hand .. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 3 July 2013 at 23:26
    After her fourth place achievement at Malmö, it's going to be some task becoming the successor to Margaret Berger at Denmark next year! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 3 July 2013 at 21:19
    I like norway its not bad margaret was good! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 3 July 2013 at 18:33
    I want to see something very Norway but eaven something that`s special, so the Eurovision can come to Norway next year! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 3 July 2013 at 16:23
    Sirkus Eliassen were amazing this year.
    Hope to see them back next year :D report to the moderator