Norway MGP 2021: Imerika
Photo: Julia Marie Naglestad / NRK

Norway: Imerika wins the fifth heat of MGP 2021

Tonight the fifth and final Heat of the Norwegian Melodi Grand Prix 2021 took place. Four acts performed live and one song qualified to the final: Imerika with "I Can't Escape"

We now know the four heat winners who are Blåsemafian feat. Hazel, Raylee, Emma and KiiM, however it was time for the final heat of Melodi Grand Prix 2021 to take place live from H3 Arena at Fornebu outside of Oslo.

The winner of the evening was Imerika with the song "I Can't Escape". Imerika qualifies directly to the Final of MGP 2021 set for 20 February 2021.

Same format as last year, during each heat, the four songs competing were drawn into duels at the start of the show. The winner of the two duels (Imerika and River) battled it out in a gold duel which Imerika won. The artists that didn't made it, still have a chance as being the "Wildcard" act for the final. This will be revealed 15 February 2021.

During Heat 5, one of the pre-qualified finalists gave their performances: Rein Alexander with "Eyes Wide Open".

MGP Heat 5 – Results

Duel 1

Duel 2

Gold Duel

Melodi Grand Prix 2021

Melodi Grand Prix 2021 will select the artist and song that will represent Norway at Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Rotterdam.

There will be a total of seven shows from 16 January to 20 February 2021:

  • 16 January 2021: Heat 1
  • 23 January 2021: Heat 2
  • 30 January 2021: Heat 3
  • 6 February 2021: Heat 4
  • 13 February 2021: Heat 5
  • 15 February 2021: Last Chance
  • 20 February 2021: Final

There will be a total of 26 songs in MGP 2021, and 12 songs will compete in the final:

On 15 February 2021, one artist will get the Wildcard in the Last Chance round for the Final of MGP which will be selected in a live broadcast on the radio and at

This year’s grand final will have 12 finalists, instead of the regular ten. Like last year, half of the finalists will be internally selected (pre-qualified) and half chosen through the heats.

Norway in Eurovision Song Contest

Norway 1995: Secret Garden - "Nocturne"

Since the debut in 1960 Norway has participated 58 times in Eurovision. They have won the competition three times:

Norway 1995: Secret Garden - "Nocturne"

In 2009, Alexander Rybak's Fairytale was the song that has received most points with the old voting system: 387 points – got 12 points from 16 countries. But Norway holds another Eurovision record: The country that ended last most times – 10 last places!

Since the introduction of Semi-finals in 2004, Norway has been very succesful with qualification to the Grand Final 13 out of 16 times.

About the author: Steven Spiteri (Malta)

authorSteven has been a huge Eurovision fan since 1995. He comes from a small town called Birkirkara located in Malta and graduated in Business & Administration. Steven follows all the national finals and Eurovision Song Contests every year especially Melodifestivalen and Eesti Laul. He has an endless list of favorites but the all time favorite entry would be Italy's 2016 entry "Nessun grado di separazione" by Francesca Michielin whilst Lisbon 2018 is his favorite Eurovision edition.

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