Tonight: MGP 2023 kicks off in Norway with its First Semi-final

by Sanjay (Sergio) Jiandani 1,393 views

Good evening Europe, this is Oslo calling! We are travelling to the Scandinavian shores tonight, namely to Norway for the First Semi-final of Melodi Grand Prix 2023.

Norway is working from strength to strength in order to showcase an extraordinary and entertaining national selection.

How to watch?

You can watch the First Semi-final of Melodi Grand Prix 2023 at 19:50 CET via the following channels:

About the Show

A total of 7 acts will be competing during tonight’s show. The top 3 acts from tonight’s Semi-final will proceed to the Grand Final.

About MGP 2023

Melodi Grand Prix 2023 will consist of four live televised shows with the Grand Final set to be held in Trondheim on Saturday 4 February. There will be fewer and bigger semi-finals, no pre-qualified artists, no duels and the Grand Final will feature an international jury.

The three semi-finals will be held in Oslo whilst the Grand Final will be travelling to Trondheim.  A total of 21 acts will partake in the competition. The shows will be hosted by Arian Engebø and Stian ‘Staysman’ Thorbjørnsen.

The 2023 Norwegian entry will be determined via a 50/50 international jury-public televoting deliberation.


  1. Ulrikke Brandstorp – Honestly
  2. Erik Næss – Wave
  3. Kate Gullbrandsen – Tårer i paradis
  4. Rasmus Thall – TRESKO
  5. Alessandra Mele – Queen of Kings
  6. Byron Williams Jr & Jowst – Freaky For The Weekend
  7. Umami Tsunami feat. Kyle Alessandro, Kristian Haugstøyl & Magnus Winjum – Geronimo

MGP 2023 Agenda

  • 14/ 01/ 2023- Semi-final 1
  • 21/01/2023- Semi-final 2
  • 28/01/2023- Semi-final 3
  • 04/02/2023- Grand Final

Norway in Eurovision

Norway debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1960 and has won the competition thrice: 1985 (Bobbysocks), 1995 (Secret Garden) and 2009 (Alexander Rybak).

The Nordic country has successfully hosted the competition thrice, once in Bergen and twice in Oslo and has partaken in Europe’s favorite television show 60 times.

Subwoolfer represented Norway at the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest in Turin with their entry ‘ Give That Wolf A Banana‘ achieving an honourable 10th placing in the Grand Final.



Source: NRK
Photo credit: NRK/ Julia Marie Naglestad