Norwegian broadcaster NRK confirmed to esctoday.com that the Norwegian representative at the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest will be chosen in three semifinals, a second chance semifinal and a final. In total, 18 songs will compete for 8 final tickets.
Six finalists compete in each of the first three semifinals, where the first and second place go straight to the final, while the third and fourth place compete in the second chance semifinal, where two more will get a second chance at making the final bringing the total finalists to 8.
Dates and locations
� 13th January – Semifinal – Alta
� 20th January – Semifinal – Bodø
� 27th January – Semifinal – Bergen
� 3th February – Second chance semifinal – Oslo
� 4th February – Final – Oslo
'18 superb acts'
NRK is currently working with the artists to create “18 superb acts”, something the Norwegian audience can “look forward to”, accoring to NRK's Melodi Grand Prix 2006 team.
The winner will represent Norway in the final of the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest, which takes place in Athens, Greece, on 20th May. Norway came 9th with 125 points in this year's final, just like Denmark.