Are you ready for the Norwegians?
On January 19, Jan Fredrik Karlsen will announce the entrants for MGP (Melodi Grand Prix), and you’re invited to meet them! Join him as the public will first meet the Norwegian Eurovision hopefuls from inside the NRK studios, and also get to listen to the songs according to ESC Norge. The releases will serve to drum up attention and excitement for the MGP contest which will be held on February 27, hosted by SiLyA and Kåre Magnus Bergh.
Karlsen said the participating artists have a hunger in their eyes and a genuine desire to win the MGP contest AND Eurovision 2016, bringing Eurovision back to Norway where the last contest was held in 2010 after Alexander Rybak won with “Fairytale”. As both of their Scandinavian counterparts have hosted within the past three years, you can bet the Norway would like to make their presence felt. Karlsen added that the artists for this year’s event weren’t the ‘dinosaurs’ of the Norwegian music industry, but rather up and coming talents any respectable Norskie should know, and that includes us Eurovision fans…hopefully. Being that Mr. Karlsen is a highly experienced showman and music agent, he does have the pedigree to point out and recommend talent, and he’s sure that the Norwegian public, radio, and eventually the Eurovision fans themselves will be very impressed with Norway in this year’s contest. Considering Norway has qualified for the final and placed in the top ten every time for the past three years, his predictions seem to be on point.
Expect some pop, some rock, some EDM, Eurodance, and possibly some schlager as Karlsen hinted to ESC Norge that there will be a variety of musical styles on display at this year’s MGP.
All is going very well for you! However, the catch. Only 30 lucky people will be able to join ESC Norge in the previewing listening party. If you want to be one of the first people on Earth to hear this year’s Norwegian crop of songs, you’ll have to head to the ESC Norge Join MGP – artist release thread on their forum and be one of the first to sign in on the 19th at noon, or you’ll have to wait a few weeks and enjoy them with the rest of the world. Either way, once the Scandinavian countries start rolling out their entrants for the big show in May, it’s a sign that Eurovision is coming!