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MGP 2021

More contesters than ever before, "wild card" and a more robust voting solution. This is how the next edition of Melodi Grand Prix will be. Kåre Magnus Bergh, Ingrid Gjessing Linhave and Ronny Brede Aase return as presenter trio. They describe the upcoming MGP season as a necessary party.

- I feel the pandemic has been like a whimsical pressure cooker, where the need to be with other people, feel community and have carefree moments is something we all long for, says Ingrid Gjessing Linhave, who feels MGP can fulfill some of the aforementioned needs. Due to the pandemic, all live broadcasts will be without an audience. That does not worry Linhave. - I guess we're getting used to applause buttons and empty seats, everyone. I think it will be a party anyway. We look forward to spreading joy and creating a party in this terrible pandemic, she says.

In total, a record number of 26 artists will be involved. 12 of these compete in the final, six pre-qualified and six finalists voted for by the public. The dolphin finals that were introduced earlier this year will continue next year, and the first of five semi-finals is already on Saturday 16 January. New this year is that the last finalist will be decided through a "wild card" broadcast on the Sunday before the final. All artists who did not progress from their semi-final will thus be given a second chance to receive a final ticket.

Project manager and music manager at NRK, Stig Karlsen, together with stage director Mattias Carlsson from StarWorks, is ready to kick off the season. - MGP 2021 will be the most important of all time. In a somewhat difficult time with a lack of events that bring us together, we all need a fierce music party now, says Karlsen.

Photo: NRK

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