Norway MGP 2023 artists
Photo: Julia Marie Naglestad / NRK

Norway: Here are the artists for Melodi Grand Prix 2023

All 21 artists looking to represent Norway in Eurovision Song Contest 2023 have been announced

Norway's Public Broadcaster (NRK) is on the hunt for someone to become the successor to Subwoolfer (Norway 2022). This year, the Norwegian Melodi Grand Prix will consist of three heats and a final, with all artists having to compete in a heat to secure a spot in the final as there are no pre-qualified acts this year.

All 21 artists competing in this year's edition of the Norwegian Melodi Grand Prix 2023 were announced today during a press conference held by NRK.

While we know all the artists, the songs will be released over the next three Mondays in groups, depending on which heat they'll be competing in. Songs performed in Heat 1 will be released on 9 January, Heat 2 on 16 January, and Heat 3 on 23 January.

In this year's lineup, we get to see some familiar names take the MGP stage once again, along with many new faces. There are eight artists who are returning to MGP who have competed in the past, and four of them even won MGP:

Melodi Grand Prix 2020: Som du er
Alejandro Fuentes
Melodi Grand Prix 2018: Tengo Otra
Atle Pettersen
Melodi Grand Prix 2021: World on Fire
Elsie Bay
Melodi Grand Prix 2022: Death of Us
Eurovision 2017: Grab the Moment (with Aleksander Walmann)
Kate Gulbrandsen
Eurovision 1987: Mitt liv
Melodi Grand Prix 1989: Nærhet
Stig van Eijk
Ulrikke Brandstorp
Melodi Grand Prix 2017: Places
(Eurovision 2020): Attention

Melodi Grand Prix 2023

Here is the schedule for the shows this year:

  • Heat 1: 14 January 2023
  • Heat 2: 21 January 2023
  • Heat 3: 28 January 2023
  • Final: 4 February 2023

In each of the heats, seven songs will be performed, and three songs will qualify for the final (decided by 100% televoting). In the final, the results will be based on 50% televoting and 50% international jury.

All shows will be hosted by Arian Engebø and Stian "Staysman" Thorbjørnsen.

Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest

Norway 2009: Alexander Rybak - "Fairytale"

Since their debut in 1960, Norway has participated in Eurovision 60 times. They have won the competition three times:

Norway 2009: Alexander Rybak - "Fairytale"

In 2009, Alexander Rybak's Fairytale received the most points ever in the old voting system: 387 points – getting 12 points from 16 countries. However, Norway holds another Eurovision record; the country that has finished last the most times – 10 last place finishes!

Since the introduction of the Semi-finals in 2004, Norway has been very successful; qualifying for the Grand Final 15 out of 18 times.

About the author: Justina Helgeson (United States of America)

authorJustina is a correspondent from the United States. She is a more recent fan as she first started following Eurovision in 2021. Since then, she has followed every Eurovision related event and developed a passion for the contest as a whole. If you were to ask them what their favourite all time Eurovision song is, Brividi by Mahmood and Blanco (Italy 2022) will be their answer.

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