Norway – The national broadcasting company of Norway, NRK, have today published details on how to submit entries to next year’s national selection; Melodi Grand Prix. Songs can be submitted online via the official Melodi Grand Prix website. Artists must also fill out an application form and are encouraged to send a CD with the form. As usual, all performers must be 16 years old by the first ESC semifinal in Sweden in May 2013. The finished songs must be under 3 minutes long, although initial demos can be longer. Entrants do not have to be Norwegian.
A jury, appointed by NRK will choose semifinalists, and the first semifinal has been timetabled to take place on January 19th, 2013 in Steinkjer. The other venues have yet to be announced. It is understood that Vivi Stenberg will replace Per Sundnes in organising the Grand Prix this year as musical director. She has years of experience at Sony, and has said to NRK,
“The Norwegian music industry is so vibrant at the minute, and I really hope we are able to attract both artists and composers who reflect this golden age we are experiencing at the moment. I don’t have any particular acts in mind, but I would really like potential artists and composers to send in entries that don’t have a typical Eurovision sound. Go on, surprise us!”
The other rules of Melodi Grand Prix appear to remain the same as in 2012 and the Norwegian national final will be held in February 2013. Details of how to apply can be found, in Norwegian, here. The closing deadline is Saturday 1st of September 2012.
- Norway: First Details for Melodi Grand Prix 2013 (eurovisiontimes.wordpress.com)