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Norway: International Jury to be used in MGP


NorwayNorway – MGP director Stig Karlsen has today revealed that an international jury will help to select Norway’s entry for next year’s Eurovision Song Contest during Melodi Grand Prix. Norway has used an international jury very successfully twice before, winning the contest in 1985 and 1995. 

There will be 10-12 countries on the international jury. National broadcaster NRK decided to mainly stick with its MGP formula and 10 lucky artists will get the chance to compete in the MGP final to win a place in Ukraine. NRK are inviting submissions until September 11th 2016 from both foreign and local composers.

NRK will also look to headhunt artists they may want to perform, and can ultimately choose the artist to sing any song that is submitted.

The full rules and how to apply can be found here.

3 comments on “Norway: International Jury to be used in MGP

  1. I can see why broadcasters decide to use international juries but I still don’t like the idea because I think that an ESC entry should represent the taste of people living in the country. Good luck!

    • That’s how I feel too. I guess broadcasters tend to “kill” joke entries who can trigger some country bias and jokes that International juries wouldn’t get, but that’s the only reasonable reason I can see (“doing well” is not necessarily a done deal, cf. Sweden 2010)

  2. “Norway has used an international jury very successfully twice before, winning the contest in 1985 and 1995.”

    Though we got to remember that the Norwegian victory in 1985 was not due to the International Expert Jury. If they had had the last say, this would have been the entry instead of Bobbysocks.

    I personally agree with Togravus in that I think it should be each country’s own decision who they should send a not a handpicked bunch of international “experts”.

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