Tonight: MGP 2021 kicks off in Norway!

Julia Marie Naglestad/NRK

Today we will be able to enjoy the first two national selection shows of this year. NRK will hold the first semi-final of their recently renewed MGP, the show used to select the Norwegian entry for the Eurovision Song Contest, with four acts competing for one final ticket.

A total of 26 acts will compete at MGP 2021, six pre-qualified artists and other 20 that will have to face a semi-final. Each semi-final will feature 4 competing entries, but only one of them will get one of the tickets for the final. Moreover, the public will also have the chance to decide an additional qualifier from the non-qualified semi-finalists by voting online. The wild card artist will be announced in a radio broadcast on Sunday, February 15th, the day after the last semi-final.

You can check the line-up for today below:

At the show, the performers mentioned above will be paired for one to one battles. After the performances, the public will be able to vote for their favourite of each duel via App or online (registration needed). Then, the two winners will advance to a final duel when the public will again decide the best duelist, who will get the ticket for the final on 20th February.

Once again, Ingrid Gjessing LinhaveRonny Brede Aase and Kåre Magnus Bergh will host the shows, which will be broadcast live from H3 Arena without an audience at 19.50 CET.

The three of us are so excited to be hosting MGP again! We have gotten a chance to listen to the songs and we believe MGP will be better than ever. We are looking forward to sharing the music and the artists with everyone, says Ingrid Gjessing Linhave on behalf of the trio.

All six pre-qualified entries will be presented live during the semifinals. At the first show, Keiino and TIX will perform live their songs for the final.

You can take a look at the schedule of this year’s MGP right below:

  • Semi-Final 1: January 16th
  • Semi-Final 2: January 23rd
  • Semi-Final 3: January 30th
  • Semi-Final 4: February 6th
  • Semi-Final 5: February 13th
  • Final: February 20th

What do you think about the songs of the first Norwegian semi-final?

MGP 2021 (Semi-Final 1)

Stina Talling – Elevate718
Jorn – Fate Bloody Faith685
Blåsemafian – Let Loose659
Beady Belle – Playing With Fire565

Number of voters: 63
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