Following last years disappointing results in Istanbul, Norwegian broadcaster NRK is now looking for revenge. Melodi Grand Prix 2005 will be focusing on the 50th anniversary of the Eurovision Song Contest. The Norwegian broadcaster has prepared an eight-week long party stuffed with Eurovision nostalgia. Every other Friday, starting this week, one of the eight finalists will be revealed.
Norway has big plans for Melodi Grand Prix 2005 and wants to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Eurovision Song Contest. As of Friday, NRK will broadcast the new quiz-program Memo. Eight Fridays long, the questions and the music will look back on 50 years of Eurovision history.
Memo, is not only about Eurovision Song Contest nostalgia, it will also be a kick off for Melodi Grand Prix 2005. Every week, one of the eight finalists will be announced so that in eight weeks, all finalists will be known. Every finalist will perform his own versions of Eurovision classics.
“We will not announce all eight participants of Melodi Grand Prix 2005 at the same time. We will do it step by step instead. In this way we also want to give the less known participants more attention,” says Stian Malme, project leader of Melodi Grand Prix to esctoday.com. Stian also promises that the homepage of Melodi Grand Prix will be updated more often in the future.
As we already reported on esctoday.com earlier today, the group Cheezy Keys will be the first finalist of Melodi Grand Prix 2005 to be announced. They will be presented this Friday during the first Memo quiz on NRK.
Despite a song titled High, Norway ended very low on a disappointing 24th place in the final of the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest. The final of the Norwegian Melodi Grand Prix 2005 will be held in Spectrum, Oslo, on 5th March.