Norway always puts on a wonderful national selection, Melodi Grand Prix, with a tour that this year has visited four cities: Steinkjer, Florø, Larvik, with the final as usual being held at the Oslo Spektrum Arena in Norway's captial.
Tonight ten talented and varied acts gave it their all to impress the viewers at home and professional juries enough to vote for them. However, only one of these acts could be declared the winner of Melodi Grand Prix 2013, and with an impressive 102,032 points, this was Margaret Berger with the song I Feed You My Love.
Behind the scenes
We interviewed all ten acts (see our videos below) and posted exclusive backstage pictures on Instagram, which you can check out by visiting Eurovisionteam.
When ten became four
Tonight's broadcast was split into two parts. In the first part all ten acts performed and a first round of voting took place. This then resulted in four acts qualifying for the so-called "Gold Final".
Here, the four qualifiers sang their hearts out once more before a final and very exciting voting sequence resulted in Margaret Berger being declared the winner of Melodi Grand Prix 2013 and thus becoming Norway's flag-bearer at the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö.
The acts that qualified were (winner in bold):
- Adelén - Bombo
- Annsofi - I'm With You
- Sirkus Eliassen - I Love You Te Quiero
- Margaret Berger - I Feed You My Love
Loreen wows... again
This year we were lucky enough to experience two interval acts in the final of Melodi Grand Prix, including an exclusive performance by the hugely successful winner of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest, Loreen, who sang a new and improved version of her hit single My Heart Is Refusing Me. A performance that quite simply blew us all away.
In addition, the young and charismatic gentleman who flew Norway's flag in Baku, Tooji, once again took to stage where it all began to perform a completely revamped version of his song Stay.
What now for Norway?
Well now that Margaret Berger has been chosen to represent Norway in Malmö, there is the matter of a Semi-Final and the Grand Final to take care of.
It has been determined that Norway will compete in the second half of the second Semi-Final on the 16th of May so if it's going to happen, it will happen there. The Grand Final takes place on the 18th of May, should Margaret Berger be one of the lucky ten to qualify.