Norway 2023: The 21 participants of MGP 2023 revealed

Today the Norwegian national broadcaster, NRK, has revealed its 21 participants of Melodi Grand Prix 2023, the Norwegian national final.

Melodi Grand Prix 2023

The Norwegian national broadcaster, NRK, has revealed its 21 competing acts of Melodi Grand Prix 2023 today. During this national final the 2023 Norwegian representative of the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 will be chosen. This national final will consist of 3 Semi-finals and 1 Grand Final.

The grand reveal

Today a grand reveal was done during a live show on NRK, the Norwegian public broadcaster. The acts were revealed, but not the songs in full; unlike other years that Melodi Grand Prix was held, the songs will be revealed just a couple of days before the first Semi-final. Yet the name of the songs and a snippet of each and every one of them was played during the reveal.

The 2023 participants

Below you can find a list of the particpants of the 2023 melodi Grand Prix of Norway.

Semi-final 1:

  • Ulrikke – Honestly
  • Erik Næss – Wave
  • Kate Gulbrandsen – Tårer I Paradis
  • Rasmus Thall – TRESKO
  • Alessandra Mele – Queen of Kings
  • Jowst & Byron Williams Jr – Freaky for the Weekend
  • Umami Tsunami – Geronimo

Semi-final 2:

  • Sandra Lyng – Drøm D Bort
  • Jone – Ekke Inni Meg
  • Swing’it – Prohibition
  • Ella – Waist
  • Alejandro Fuentes – Fuego
  • Bjørn Olav – Turn Off My Heart
  • Elsie Bay – Love You In A Dream

Semi-final 3:

  • Skrellex – Love Again
  • Tiril – Break It
  • Akuvi – Triumph
  • Atle Pettersen – Masterpiece
  • Eline Thorp – Not Meant to Be
  • Maria Celin – Freya
  • Stig van Eijk – Someday

Video of the MGP 2023 entrants reveal

Below you can find a video of the MGP 2023 entrants reveal.

Familiar MGP names

On the list of competing acts there were a couple of familiar MGP names.

  • Ulrikke who was bound to wave the Norwegian flag in the song contest of 2020, but since this edition got cancelled because of the global COVID-19 pandemic was never able to let the world hear her song “Attention”, she will have another try this year.
Source: Official Eurovision Song Contest YouTube channel, Ulrikke – Attention (2020)
  • Jowst is also back. He competed in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv (Ukraine), together with Aleksander Walmann, but this time around Jowst will be joined by Byron Williams.
Source: Official Eurovision Song Contest YouTube channel, JOWST – Grab the Moment (2017)
  • Kate Gulbrandsen will also participate in this year’s Melodi Grand Prix, but she has also represented Norway before in the contest of 1987 in Brussels (Belgium).
Source: EuroFanBcn YouTube channel, Kate Gulbrandsen – Mitt Liv (1987)
  • Stig van Eijk won MGP in 1999 and represented Norway that same year in the contest in Jerusalem (Israel) with the song “Living My Life Without You“.
Source: Library of Eurovision YouTube channel, Van Eijk – Living My Life Without You (1999)

Changes in the MGP format

This year the MGP format has put some changes in place, these changes are:

  • There are no pre-qualified entrants. So all acts have to go through a Semi-final round.
  • Now there are 3 Semi-finals, instead of 5 as in the years before.
  • There is no duels format anymore.
  • In the Grand Final there will be an international jury again.
  • Public voting in the Semi-finals is reduced to voting for one artist only.

Dates of MGP 2023

Below you can find the dates of MGP 2023, the Norwegian national final of 2023.

  • Semi-Final One full songs revealed – January 9th 2023
  • Semi-Final One – January 14th 2023
  • Semi-Final Two full songs revealed – January 16th 2023
  • Semi-Final Two – January 21st 2023
  • Semi-Final Three full songs revealed – January 23rd 2023
  • Semi-Final Three – January 28th 2023
  • Grand Final – February 4th 2023

Eurovision 2022

In the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 Norway was represented by two yellow foxes from outter space, called “Subwoolfer”, with the song “Give That Wolf a Banana”; they finished 6th in Semi-final 1, and eventually reached 10th place (of 25) in the Grand Final.

Source: Official Eurovision Song Contest YouTubve channel, Subwoolfer – Give That Wolf a Banana (2022)

ESCplus Live

For all national finals there is only one great format to go to, and that is “ESCplus Live”, also for the Norwegian national final, Melodi Grand Prix 2023; click here:

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