At a somewhat glamourous press event at the Hard Rock Café in Oslo, the remaining 12 artists and songs taking part in the 2011 Norwegian final were revealed, reinforcing an already exciting and eclectic plethora of acts previously announced by broadcaster NRK.
Melodi Grand Prix project leader Skjalg Solstad said "there's probably never been such a large breadth of music in Melodi Grand Prix as there is this year". These artists bring with them different styles of music from pop and country to rap.
In addition Eurovision veteran, Hanne Sørvaag is taking part with her song You're Like A Melody. Hanne is known for having written two songs that took part in the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo. These were the Norwegian entry, My Heart Is Yours sung by Didrik Solli-Tangen and Georgia's Shine sung by Sopho Nizharadze. When asked about taking part in the Norwegian final, this time as an artist, Hanne said, "MGP is a perfect window to show off something new and I'm going to perform my song with energy, passion and happiness".
Another notable entrant is seasoned singer, Grethe Svensen who will perform Like Dreamers Do. The 45 year old has released seven albums since 1992 of which three have gone gold in the Norwegian charts. Grethe is relishing in the prospect of performing in the Norwegian final for the first time saying, "It gives me a wonderful opportunity to share my music with the people".
Here is a list of the 23 artists taking part in Melodi Grand Prix with the newly announced songs appearing in bold:
Semi Final 1 - Ørland (15th January)
Semi Final 2 - Florø (22nd January)
Semi Final 3 - Skien (29th January)
The top two placed songs from each semi-final will directly qualify for the final, taking place at Oslo Spektrum on the 12th of February. The third and fourth placed songs will qualify for the Siste Sjansen (Last Chance) round, which takes place in Sarpsborg on the 5th of February from which two songs will qualify for the final.
The lucky winner of the final in Oslo will represent Norway at the 56th Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Düsseldorf, Germany in May 2011.