Norway seem to be having the last laugh over their Swedish competitive neighbours when it comes to Eurovision 2015. Where SVT (Swedish National Broadcaster) has seen their fewest entries for Eurovision since 2002, NRK (Norwegian National Broadcaster) are on the ascendance!
Last year saw a revised Melodi Grand Prix National Selection with a festival taking place as opposed to touring the country for weekly heats. The viewing figures for the Grand Final may have been down on the previous years but that looks to be changing.
Vivi Stenberg (Musical Director on Melodi Grand Prix) has revealed that there has been an increase of 30% of submissions for Norway’s Eurovision 2015 selection with 800 songs received. This is returning towards the numbers following Alexander Rybak’s 2009 Eurovision win.
Also worth noting is the higher number of songs that have been submitted in Norwegian. Songwriters from Norway to Sweden, the UK, Australia and America have entered songs.
As for the format of Melodi Grand Prix 2015? The decision has not yet been taken by Stan Malme (Project Manager at NRK). He says that the broadcaster is looking at the feedback and lessons learned from the staging of the 2014 selection.
Carl Espen won Melodi grand Prix with the song ‘Silent Strom’ and placed 8th in the Grand Final. The Norwegians want the contest back!
Author/Editor in Cheif Garrett Mulhall
Source : NRK