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Norway: Jorn wins the wildcard for MGP 2021

Tonight the Last Chance round of the Norwegian Melodi Grand Prix 2021 took place. Fifteen performances from five heats aired and one song won the Wildcard to the final: Jorn with "Faith Bloody Faith"

In the previous weeks, Norway was in full swing with the Melodi Grand Prix 2021 competition as five heats were held, each having a winner which will join the six pre-qualified finalists in the Final of MGP to be held on 20 February 2021.

Each heat consisted of four artists compromised with duels until one artists advances to the final. However all fifteen artists who did not advance from their heats had a last chance to receive a ticket for the MGP final on Saturday.

Tonight, the artists didn't sing again. Instead the performances from the heats were re-used. The decision was entirely made by the Norwegian public through online voting. They decided that Jorn with "Faith Bloody Faith" should receive the last ticket for the Final of MGP 2021.

MGP 2021 – Last Chance

Result

MGP 2021 – Final

Lineup

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 are 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.

12 songs will compete in the final:

  • 6 pre-qualified songs
  • 5 winners from the heats
  • 1 wildcard from the heats

On 15 February 2021, one artist won a Wildcard in the Last Chance round for the Final of MGP.

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.

All Heats as well as the Final will be broadcasted from the H3 Arena at Fornebu outside of Oslo. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic this will unfortunately take place without any audience.

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 – 9 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)

Steven 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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