Norwegian broadcaster NRK will select it's Eurovision Song Contest 2018 entry at "Melodi Grand Prix" final at the Oslo Spektrum on 10 March.

NRK launched call for the Eurovision 2018 entries on 31 January 2017. "This is part of a long term plan for Norway again to win the Eurovision Song Contest, says project leader Stig Karlsen. Karlsen encouraged everyone to submit songs for the next edition of Norway's biggest music show. Both finished tracks or demo versions have been accepted. Submission period remained open until 10 September 2017. Anyone can apply, but artists should have been over 16 years old to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest. Both Norwegian and foreign songwriters could participate, although the editors especially encourage Norwegian composers to submit entries. The songs should not have been published or performed publicly before.

Karlsen believes that the main point of the plan is to get the most skilful songwriters, producers and artists. "Some of the world's best composers are coming from Norway, and it is them we're aiming at when we open submission period for the next year's Melodi Grand Prix. Eurovision is the closest we get to the Olympics in pop music, and now they are aiming for the gold medal. We encourage best of the best in Norway to work on a track that can bring us victory in the world's largest music competition", says the project manager.

Stig Karlsen replaced Jan Fredrik Karlsen as MGP boss, taking over responsibility for the musical content, while continuing his position as project manager for the Melodi Grand Prix. Jan Fredrik has chosen to quit, as the work at MGP does not make it possible to combine with other job activities. "Stig has a solid background as producer and repertoire manager for many of NRK's ​​music concepts. He has backgrounds from, among others, P3, VG-list Top 20, Beat for Beat, Lydverket and he has been responsible for a number of major concert production", says Editorial Head of NRK Entertainment Hanne Roaldsen, who sees it as a strength that it is the same person who manages organization of the Melodi Grand Prix, also will be looking for the songs and artists. "The music is after all the main ingredient of the Melodi Grand Prix".

New record of 1200 received entries has been reported by the broadcaster, which is 200 more than in 2016 or 2017. "There are so many talented people who have entered in next year's MGP. It's going to hurt to pick out only ten songs and artists who will fight to represent Norway during the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon". A special jury will deliberate the 2018 MGP competing entries in November taking into account opinions of various focus groups (fans, people of different ages) which were invited to listen to the potential entries. "We have done this to see if there are any of the submitted songs that stand out in all the groups and thus have greater impact than the others. But those who have listened have not gotten to know artists or songwriters, but only the songs. Just to have the focus where it should be: Finding the best songs,", explains Stig Karlsen. Competing entries will be presented in full during special press conference which will take place on 15 January in NRK's Store Studio. You can listen to the participating songs here.

Silya returns as a host in the Melodi Grand Prix. Together with Kåre Magnus Bergh, Silya Nymoen will host the live final in Oslo Spektrum on 10 March, 2018. "It's a great job to join the program again! The Melodi Grand Prix is ​​fun madness and music circus. And I'm looking forward to working with Kåre Magnus again", says Silya. The two hosted the Melodi Grand Prix together in 2015 and 2016.

"I'm happy to have Silya back on the team. She is the born entertainer, a rock-solid host, with lots of charm, attitude and musicality. In the two-team with Kåre Magnus Bergh, they always get a great mood", says project manager and music director at MGP Stig Karlsen

Silya and Kåre Magnus will also lead the press conference in Store Studio on Monday 15 January next year. Only then it will become known which 10 artists will compete in MGP 2018.

"We are looking forward presenting a solid collection of songs, artists and composers. Everyone knows that MGP will be a festive night with confetti and pyro effects, but nobody will doubt that it's the music that is the essence of MGP", says Stig Karlsen. This year all the songs will be released in full the day the artists are made known. About the speculation around the artists of the year Karlsen continues: "I can reveal that this year's MGP songs are screaming for a dance floor. We will therefore have to remove a few hundred chairs from the floor in Spektrum, to make room for the eagerest dance feet".

Tickets for Norwegian Melodi Grand Prix 2018 went on sale on 15 December. They are priced 430 and 225 NOK (44-22 Euro). There is no age limit, but kids below 13 should be accompanied by an adult. Booking is possible here.

"Stop the Music"
Charla K (Charlotte Kjær)

Lyrics/Composers: Charlotte Kjær/Per Gessle/Alex Shield

Charlotte Kjær (29) from Tønsberg is currently living in Stockholm, Sweden. In 2009, she participated in the Norwegian TV show "X Factor" as part of the group "Shackles". In 2013 the group participated in MGP, in that case as a duo. Charla K has worked with the Swedish producer and musician Alex Shield, and in 2017 she signed a record deal with Per Gessle's record label Space Station 12. Gessle is known by many for his success as part of Swedish Roxette. Charla's first single was "Should'a Let Me Go", written together with Alex Shield and Sharon Vaughn. This year, she co-wrote "Stamina" for Anastacia’s new album.

"Tengo Otra"
Alejandro Fuentes

Lyrics/Composers: Alejandro Fuentes / Angel Arce Pututi / Alejandro Arce Pututi

Alejandro Fuentes (30) was born in Chile and grew up in Kristiansand, Norway. He first became known through "Norwegian Idol" in 2005, and has since enjoyed success as a solo artist as well as a member of the group "De nye gitarkameratene". They were awarded Spellemannprisen 2006 (Norwegian Grammy) for their cover version of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah". Alejandro has received gold and platinum awards. With his Chilean background, Alejandro wanted to perform the love song "Tengo Otra" in Spanish at this year's MGP.

"Talk to the Hand"
Alexander Walmann

Lyrics/Composers: JOWST (Joakim With Steen/Jonas McDonnell) / Magnus Klausen

Alexander Walmann (32) from Porsgrunn first became known to the public when he came second in the Norwegian TV show "The Voice" in 2012. Still relatively unknown, he was considered an underdog before last year's MGP where he and Joakim With Steen participated as JOWST. They won the national selection and represented Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest in Kiev, where they earned a 10th place finish with the song "Grab the Moment". JOWST has toured Europe and received a multi-platinum award.

"You Got Me"
Stella and Alexandra (Stella Mwangi og Alexandra Rotan)

Lyrics/Composers: Gustav Eurén / Niclas Arn / Stella Mwangi / Andreas Alfredsson

Stella Mwangi (31) and Alexandra Rotan (21) were matched by NRK, since they were seen as a perfect duo for the already written song "You Got Me". After getting together and singing the song in a studio, it was clear to them and everyone around them that this was a pairing that was meant to be. Being from the same town in Norway, the two musicians have a lot in common and mutual respect for each other's work. Norwegian-Kenyan Stella is considered one of Norway's leading rap artists, while Alexandra is travelling the world as lead vocalist for the Norwegian producer and DJ Alan Walker. Stella won MGP with the song "Haba haba" in 2011, and represented Norway at Eurovision in Düsseldorf. Alexandra also has experience from the MGP world, having participated in the Norwegian MGP Junior.

"Moren din"
Vidar Villa (Henrik S. Olstad, Martin Thomassen, Vidar Andrè Mohaugen, Jonas Thomassen, Ole Tobias Antonsen)

Lyrics/Composers: Vidar Andrè Mohaugen / Jonas Thomassen, Martin Thomassen

Each time Vidar Villa (26) from Oslo releases a new song, it gets streamed millions of times on Spotify. His song "One Night Stand" was one of Norway's biggest hits last summer, and received a four time platinum award. In 2017 his songs were streamed more than 27 million times, making him one of the most streamed Norwegian artists last year. Vidar Villa's song is in Norwegian, and is about a man falling in love with his friend's mother.

"I Like I Like I Like"
Tom Hugo (Tom Hugo Hermansen)

Lyrics/Composer: Tom Hugo Hermansen

Tom Hugo Hermansen (38) from Kristiansand, is a singer-songwriter with several platinum awards. He works both in Norway and internationally, and splits his time between Germany and Norway. Tom Hugo has co-written multiple songs for successful artists in Germany and Japan. His debut single "Open up your Eyes" was released in 2011, followed by his debut album "Sundry Tales" the year after. Tom Hugo is participating in MGP for the second time. His first performance in the show was with the song "Det er du" back in 2013.

Ida Maria (Ida Maria Børli Sivertsen)

Lyrics/Composers: Ida Maria Børli Sivertsen /Stefan Törnby

Ida Maria Børli Sivertsen (33) from Nesna is a well-known artist and songwriter in the genres of punk and rock. She has been part of the music scene in Norway since winning a national contest in 2006, and has since toured venues and festivals in Norway, Europe and around the world. Several of Ida Maria's songs have been used in TV series in the US. Her debut album "Fortress Round My Heart" was released in 2008, resulting in a Spellemann Award (Norwegian Grammy). Ida Maria wrote the song "Mama's boy" performed by Ella in the MGP show last year.

"Who We Are"
Rebecca Thorsen

Lyrics/Composer: Kjetil Mørland

Rebecca Thorsen (19) from Oslo finished high school with a specialization in music last year. She has won "P3 Urørt U16", a national music competition for artists under 16 and is pursuing a life in the music industry. She has already performed on stages like the Bluebird Café in Nashville and been a supporting act for Isac Elliot and Donkeyboy. Her song is written by Kjetil Mørland, who won MGP in 2005 together with Debrah Scarlett. They finished in eighth place in the Eurovision Song Contest with the song "A Monster Like Me".

"Light Me Up"
Nicoline (Nicoline Berg Kaasin)

Lyrics/Composers: Nicoline Berg Kaasin/ Johan Larsson/ Emilie Adams

Nicoline Berg Kaasin (28) from Bærum, is a singer and dancer who became well known in Norway when she came to the final in the Norwegian "The Voice" in 2015. In 2016 she released her first single "No Suitcase". That same year, she came to the final in the Norwegian TV show "Stjernekamp", where she competed with many of Norway's most established musicians. Nicoline was one of Margaret Berger's three backup vocalists when she won MGP in 2013 and later represented Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö, Sweden.

"That's How You Write a Song"
Alexander Rybak

Lyrics/Composers: Alexander Rybak

Alexander Rybak (31) became known all over Europe when he represented Norway and won Eurovision Song Contest in 2009. He broke all previous records with 387 points. The song "Fairytale" topped the European charts after his victory, and his album "Fairytales" was released in 25 countries. Since then, Alexander has been working on numerous music projects and toured Europe. Alexander was born in Minsk, Belarus. At the age of 5, he and his family moved to Oslo where they settled in Nesodden outside of Oslo. He learned to play violin, and it was not long before he started performing on stage.

# Performer Entry Songwriter(s) Jury Tele Total
01.Alejandro FuentesTengo Otra (I have another)Alejandro Fuentes, Angel Arce Pututi, Alejandro Pututi
01.Aleksander WalmannTalk to the HandJoakim With Steen, Jonas McDonnell, Magnus Klausen, Aleksander Walmann
01.Alexander RybakThat's How You Write A SongAlexander Rybak
01.Charla KStop the MusicCharlotte Kjær, Per Gessle, Alex Shield
01.Ida MariaScandiloveIda Maria Børli Sivertsen, Stefan Törnby
01.NicolineLight Me UpNicoline Berg Kaasin, Johan Larsson, Emilie Adams
01.RebeccaWho We AreKjetil Mørland
01.Stella & AlexandraYou Got MeStella Mwangi, Gustav Eurén, Niclas Arn, Andreas Alfredsson
01.Tom HugoI Like I Like I LikeTom Hugo Hermansen
01.Vidar VillaMoren din (Your mother)Vidar André Mohaugen, Jonas Thomassen, Martin Thomassen

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Norway: Submission period for Melodi Grand Prix 2019 is now open.

Today NRK has invited songwriters to apply for the participation in the 2019 edition of Norwegian national selection show Melodi Grand Prix. Submission deadline was set for September 9. Both Norwegian and foreign songwriters can participate, although the editors especially encourage Norwegian composers to submit contributions.

In addition to choosing songs from submissions, NRK will also directly contact composers and artists, and ask if they want to participate in the competition. NRK reserves the right to select the artists who will perform the songs, but this is done in dialogue with the songwriters.

All artists participating in MGP must be at least 16 years when participation in Eurovison Song Contest in May 2019. At this stage there is no special requirements for the quality of the submitted demos. The most important thing now is that the jury get an impression of the melody, lyrics and arrangements. There is no time limit on the songs submitted, but should your song be chosen, the track must be shortened so that it is no longer than 3 minutes. The contribution must be unpublished and not previously performed in public.

If your song is being picked to participate, a finished master of the track, adhering to the rules, is to be made available to NRK within a time limit given by NRK. There will not be given any economic support to the production of the songs. All rights to the master of the song will be retained by the owner of the master. NRK will not gain any rights to the song besides the right to broadcast the song in the competition and enter the song into the ESC should it win in Norway.

Professional jury will make its choice during November 2018, and all who have submitted entries will be notified as soon as the decision is made.

Submission form is available here.

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15/12: Tickets for MGP 2018 released
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06/12: Comeback of former MGP winners rumoured
31/01: NRK opens preselection for Eurovision 2018

Национальный отбор

Норвежский вещатель NRK выберет свою песню для Евровидения 2018 посредством "Melodi Grand Prix", финал которого пройдет в Oslo Spektrum 10 марта.

NRK запустил призыв к участию в отборе на Евровидение 2018 31 января 2017 года. "Это - часть долгосрочного плана для Норвегии с целью победы на конкурсе Евровидение", говорит руководитель проекта Стиг Карлсен. Карлсен призвал всех подавать заявки на учасие в следующем выпуске крупнейшего музыкального шоу Норвегии. Принимались как завершенные треки, так и демо версии. Прием заявок был открыт до 10 сентября 2017 года. В конкурсе могли принять участие как норвежские, так и иностранные авторы, но редакторы шоу особенно призывали подавать заявки местных авторов. Артисты также могут быть любой национальности, но для участия в конкурсе Евровидение им должно исполниться 16 лет. Песни, подаваемые на отбор, не должны быть опубликованы или исполнены ранее.

Карлсен полагает, что основная часть плана заключается в привлечении искусных авторов, продюсеров и артистов. "Из Норвегии происходят несколько лучших мировых композиторов, и именно на них мы ориентируемся, открывая прием заявок на Melodi Grand Prix следующего года. Евровидение - это самое близкое к Олимпиаде в поп-музыке, и мы стремимся к золотой медали. Мы призываем лучших из лучших в Норвегии поработать над треком, который бы принес нам победу в крупнейшему мировом музыкальном соревновании", говорит руководитель проекта.

Вещателем был зафиксирован новый рекорд количества поступивших заявок - 1200, что на 200 больше, чем в 2016 или 2017 годах. "Так много талантливых людей подало заявку на участие в MGP следующего года. Будет сложно и больно выбрать только десять песен, которые сразятся в борьбе за право представить Норвегию на Евровидении в Лиссабоне". Специальное жюри определит песни, которые примут участие в MGP 2018 в ноябре.

Стиг Карлсен заменил Яна Фредрика Карлсена на посту босса MGP, взяв на себя ответственность за музыкальное содержимое шоу, при этом сохранив и позицию менеджера проекта. Ян Фредерик принял решение выйти из проекта, поскольку работа в MGP не давала ему возможности совмещения с другими проектами. "У Стига есть солидный опыт в качестве продюсера и репертуарного менеджера многих концепций телеканала NRK. Он работал, помимо прочего, над P3, VG-list Top 20, Beat for Beat, Lydverket и отвечал за множество крупнейших концертных продакшенов", говорит глава отдела развлекательных программ телеканала NRK Ханне Роалдсен, которая расценивает то, что один человек теперь будет отвечать за организацию Гран-При и в то же время подбирать песни и артистов. "Ведь все-таки музыка - это основная составляющая Melodi Grand Prix".

Силья возвращается в качестве ведущей Melodi Grand Prix. Вместе с Коре Магнусом Бергом, они проведут финальное шоу в Осло Спектрум 10 марта 2018 года. "Так здорово снова присоединиться к этому шоу. Melodi Grand Prix - забавное безумие и музыкальный цирк. И я с нетерпением жду возможности снова поработать с Коре Магнусом", говорит Силья. В 2015 и 2016 году они уже вели MGP вместе.

"Я рад, что Силья вернулась в команду. Он прирожденный артист и телеведущая с огромным обаянием и музыкальностью. Вместе с Коре Магнусом они всегда создают отличное настроение", - говорит менеджер проекта и музыкальный директор MGP Стиг Карлсен

Силья и Коре Магнус также проведут пресс-конференцию в Store Studio в понедельник, 15 января следующего года. Только тогда станет известно, какие 10 артистов будут соревноваться в MGP 2018. Прослушать участвующие песни можно здесь.

"Всем понятно, что MGP будет праздничным вечером с конфетти и пироэффектами, но никто не будет сомневаться, что именно музыка - это суть MGP", - говорит Стиг Карлсен. В этом году все песни будут выпущены в полном объеме в тот день, когда будут представлены участвующие артисты. О слухах по возможному составу MGP, Карлсен говорит: "Я могу лишь сказать, что песни MGP в этом году зовут на танцпол. Поэтому нам придется снять несколько сотен стульев с пола зала в Спектруме, чтобы освободить место для самых страстных любителей потанцевать".

Билеты на конкурс поступили в продажу 15 декабря. Их стоимость - 430 и 225 крон соответственно (44-22 евро). Возрастного лимита на шоу нет, но дети до 13 лет должны посещать его только в сопровождении взрослых. Приобрести билеты можно по ссылке.

# Performer Entry Songwriter(s) Jury Tele Total
01.Alejandro FuentesTengo Otra (I have another)Alejandro Fuentes, Angel Arce Pututi, Alejandro Pututi
01.Aleksander WalmannTalk to the HandJoakim With Steen, Jonas McDonnell, Magnus Klausen, Aleksander Walmann
01.Alexander RybakThat's How You Write A SongAlexander Rybak
01.Charla KStop the MusicCharlotte Kjær, Per Gessle, Alex Shield
01.Ida MariaScandiloveIda Maria Børli Sivertsen, Stefan Törnby
01.NicolineLight Me UpNicoline Berg Kaasin, Johan Larsson, Emilie Adams
01.RebeccaWho We AreKjetil Mørland
01.Stella & AlexandraYou Got MeStella Mwangi, Gustav Eurén, Niclas Arn, Andreas Alfredsson
01.Tom HugoI Like I Like I LikeTom Hugo Hermansen
01.Vidar VillaMoren din (Your mother)Vidar André Mohaugen, Jonas Thomassen, Martin Thomassen


Норвегия: Открыт прием заявок на участие в Melodi Grand Prix 2019.

Сегодня норвежский вещатель NRK пригласил авторов подавать заявки на участие в отборе на Евровидение 2019 Melodi Grand Prix. Крайний срок приема заявок - 9 сентября. В отборе могут принимать участие как норвежские, так и зарубежные авторы, но особенно поощряется участие местных композиторов.

Помимо отбора лучших из поданных заявок, NRK также напрямую свяжется с рядом композиторов и исполнителей, и предложит им принять участие в отборе. NRK также оставляет за собой окончательное слово при выборе исполнителей для отобранных песен, но это будет сделано в диалоге с авторами.

Всем участникам MGP должно быть не менее 16 лет на дату проведения Евровидения в мае 2019. На данной стадии не предъявляется никаких требований к качествам демо-версий. Наиболее важно, чтобы жюри смогло оценить мелодию, текст песни и аранжировку. Нет временного лимита на поданные заявки, но в случае если песня будет отобрана, ее нужно будет сократить до 3х минут. Все заявки должны быть не опубликованы и не представлены публично.

В случае если песня будет выбрана к участию в отборе, то ее окончательная версия должна будет быть представлена каналу в установленное время. Экономической поддержки для записи песен предоставляться не будет.

Профессиональное жюри примет свое решение в ноябре 2018 года, и все те, кто подал заявки будут уведомлены вскоре после этого.

Форма для подачи заявок доступна здесь.

15/01: Стал известен состав участников отбора
15/12: Билеты поступили в продажу
13/12: Объявлены ведущие MGP
06/12: Ряд бывших победителей MGP могут вернуться на конкурс
31/01: Прием заявок на участие в отборе на Евровидение 2018 открыт