This year the Norwegian national selection, Melodi Grand Prix, has undergone an extensive make-over, leaving us with just 15 songs and three Semi-Finals all taking place at the Folketeateret in Oslo, not to mention the Grand Final at the Oslo Spektrum arena.
Unlike previous years where the Semi-Finals took place over three weeks in different cities all over Norway, this year they will all take place over three consecutive evenings in Oslo on the 7th, 8th, 9th of March followed by the big Final on the 15th.
The 15 acts
Fans of the Norwegian national selection have been waiting for months to find out who will compete in this year's edition of Melodi Grand Prix and the wait is finally over. Below are the details of all 15 acts competing in this year's competition. We will publish more detailed information about each act in the coming days.
Hilda & Thea Leora - Best Friend`s Boyfriend
Music & Lyrics: Martin Kleveland, Lisa Desmond Linder & Jesper Jakobsen
Mo - Heal
Music & Lyrics: Laila Samuelsen
Dina Misund - Needs
Music: Dina Misund. Lyrics: Frode Bjørgmo Strømvik
Linnea Dale - High Hopes
Music & Lyrics: Linnea Dale & Kim Bergseth
TIMBRE & Frikk Heide-Steen feat. Ida Stein - Frozen By Your Love
Music & Lyrics: TIMBRE
Cir.Cuz - Hele verden
Music & Lyrics: Cir.Cuz
Martine Marbel - Right Now
Music: Martine Marbel & Goran Obad. Lyrics: Martine Marbel
Oda & Wulff - Sing
Music & Lyrics: Christer Wulff
Knut Kippersund Nesdal - Taste of You
Music: Magnus Hængsle. Lyrics: Magnus Hængsle & Jenny Moe
Charlie - Hit Me Up
Music & Lyrics: Lars K. Hustoft, Jon Asher & Melanie Fontana
Moi - Bensin
Music & Lyrics: Ingjerd Østrem Omland
El Cuero - Ain’t No Love In This City No More
Music: Brynjar Takle Ohr & B.L. Rolland. Lyrics: Brynjar Takle Ohr, Øyvind Blomstrøm og Håvard Takle Ohr
Ilebek - Who Needs the Universe?
Music & Lyrics: Andrea Ihlebæk
Elisabeth Carew - Sole Survivor
Music & Lyrics: Mats Lie Skåre, David Eriksen, Simon Climie & Elisabeth Carew
Carl Espen - Silent Storm
Music & Lyrics: Josefin Winther
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Listen to short clips of the songs
Today, NRK uploaded short videos of each of the 15 acts containing short clips of each of the songs. You can listen to these by clicking right HERE.
There are fewer songs taking part this year than in previous years, as broadcaster NRK are keen to focus on quality as opposed to quantiy, an approach pioneered by Music Coordinator, Vivi Stenberg.
Each of the Semi-Finals taking place on the 7th, 8th and 9th of March will contain five acts. Three acts from each Semi-Final will qualify to the Grand Final on the 15th of March. At the same time the audience, by way of video reports, will be part of the process, from when a song was given the green light by the Melodi Grand Prix editorial team in the autumn of 2013, right up until they stand on stage at the Folketeatret in March 2014. In addition, the jury, who were reponsible for selecting the entries, will give their feedback about the performances during the broadcasts.
The Melodi Grand Prix team received over 600 entries this year from songwriters, producers and artists, who want to show Norway how good they are.
The winner of Melodi Grand Prix 2014 will go on to represent Norway in the second Semi-Final of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen on the 8th of May. The Grand Final takes place on the 10th of May.
Over the next couple of days, we published two special features about the 15 Norwegian acts, so that you can get to know them a bit better.