NRK, the Norwegian broadcaster, released the revamped rules for the Melodi Grand Prix 2014, the selection process that will determine the country’s representative in the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest. Less participants, 4 shows and new media interaction are the keywords for this year’s selection.
The Norwegian call for songs was made back in May and the deadline for the submissions is September 15, it was announced at the time that the decision will have been made by November. The number of songs who will compete in the three heats leading up to the grand final will be reduced to 15 from 21 last year.
Power to the people
The enormous impact the Eurovision Song Contest has on social media has not gone unnoticed by the MGP organisers who have plans to take advantage of the involvement of the fans through the various social media. Although the exact way in which this will be achieved has not been made clear yet, it was annoumced that the new-media (Facebook, Twitter etc) users and commenters will have a clear influence on the competition results. MGP music director Vivi Stenberg stated that a yet undisclosed number of songs will be made available to the fans online and the most popular of those will compete in Norway’s 2014 Eurovision pre-selection.
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Stay tuned at esctoday.com for all the latest developments about the Norwegian national selection MGP 2014.