Norway: NRK confirms participation in Eurovision 2019

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NRK, the Norwegian national broadcaster has confirmed that Norway will compete at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. The broadcaster has opened the submission window for Melodi Grand Prix 2019.

Norway is the first country to officially confirm its participation at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. NRK, the Norwegian national broadcaster, has kicked off preparations for its 2019 national selection, Melodi Grand Prix (MGP), and released the rules and regulations for its national selection.

Submissions open

Composers and artists wishing to represent Norway at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest can do so by sending in their applications to NRK. The submission period is open until 9 September 2018.

Songwriters of all nationalities are invited to submit entries.

NRK will select the competing entries for MGP 2019 via the following:

  • Submitted songs via public call
  • Submitted songs from composers and artists directly invited by NRK

The Norwegian broadcaster reserves the right to select the artists who will perform the songs in accordance with the songwriters.

Norway in Eurovision

The Nordic country joined the Eurovision Song Contest in 1960 and has won the competition thrice: 1985 (Bobbysocks), 1995 (Secret Garden) and 2009 (Alexander Rybak).

In 2017, Norway was represented by JOWST at the Eurovision Song Contest with their entry Grab the moment. The Norwegian duo achieved an honorable 10th place in the Grand Final in Kyiv.

It is interesting to note that the 2018 Norwegian national selection is yet to be held, and is set to take place in Oslo on 10 March 2018. The 2009 Norwegian Eurovision winner is vying to represent his country again at Europe’s favorite televisionm and will be competing at the 2018 Norwegian national final.