Norway Falls In Love With Eurovision Again With Record Song Submissions
It is safe to say when it comes to Eurovision history, Norway is part of the fabric of the contest. It's national final, the "Norsk Melodi Grand Prix" (MGP) has been used throughout the years to select Norway's entry for Euroviison. Over the decades it has had mixed success in choosing Norway's entries. In more recent years the MGP has been fairly successful at producing artists reaching the Grand Final of the contest. More recently "JOWST" with "Grab The Moment" was chosen and did very well for the Nordic nation. They managed to give the country yet another top 10 finish.
Last night the nations broadcaster NRK closed its doors to any more submissions for entries wishing to be present at the MGP 2018. It seems due to the success of "JOWST" in Kyiv songwriters "grabbed the moment" and broke a record for the highest amount of submissions ever. They trounced last years figure by over 200, and had nearly 1200 song submitted to NRK. It seems year on year, interest in the competition has been steadily growing.
Songwriters do not have to be of Norwegian origin, and composers and writers from all over the world are encouraged to participate, however Norwegian songwriters are championed to send in entries.
The producers of the show now have the daunting and difficult task of narrowing down these to ten. These ten will compete at the "Melodi Grand Prix 2018", which will be held in Oslo's Spektrum in March next year.
The executive supervisor of the show Stig Karlsen has stated In regards to the number of entries, " Many talented people have submitted their entries for MGP 2018. It's going to hurt to pick out only ten songs and artists that will fight to represent Norway during the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon".
"JOWST" who represented Norway last year came 10th with their modern up tempo song "Grab The Moment" they scored 158 points in which 129 were given from the professional juries, and 29 from the televote. Relive "JOWST'S" moment here:
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