Broadcaster NRK are keen to make Melodi Grand Prix 2015 one of the most spectacular ever in order to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Eurovision Song Contest. The Semi-Finals have been dropped in favour of one big show being held tonight at the Oslo Spektrum Arena in the Norwegian capital. In addition, the orchestra has been brought back for the first time since 1998. Leading you through the show will be presenters Silya Nymoen and Kåre Magnus Bergh.
Where to watch
You can watch Melodi Grand Prix 2015 right here on Eurovision.tv from 20:25 CET via our WebTV.
The running order for tonight's show is as follows:
- Erlend Bratland - Thunderstruck (with orchestra)
- Raylee - Louder
- Tor & Bettan - All Over The World (with orchestra)
- Jenny Langlo - Next To You
- Ira Konstantinidis - We Don't Worry
- Contrazt - Heaven
- Marie Klåpbakken - Ta meg tilbake (with orchestra)
- Staysman & Lazz - En godt stekt pizza (with orchestra)
- Mørland & Debrah Scarlett - A Monster Like Me (with orchestra)
- Alexandra Joner - Cinderella (with orchestra)
- Karin Park - Human Beings
The 54 member Kringkastingsorkesteret (KORK) - NRK's in-house orchestra - will be an integral part of tonight's show for the first time since 1998, where Lars Fredriksen won Melodi Grand Prix with the song Alltid sommer. As well as providing entertainment throughout the show, KORK will also be accompanying 6 of tonights 11 songs.
The orchestra are preparing for tonight's show:
Among tonight's pariticpants are Tor & Bettan (aka Tor Endresen and Elisabeth Andreassen), who have both entered the Eurovision Song Contest before. Tor Endresen represented Norway in Dublin 1997 with the song San Francisco but failed to score a single point. Elisabeth Andreassen is a bit of a veteran when it comes to Europe's favourite TV show having entered for Sweden in 1982 and Norway in 1985, 1994 and 1996. In 1985 she won with the song La det swinge as part of the group Bobbysocks. In 1996 she came second with the song I evighet on home turf at the Oslo Spektrum Arena, where tonight's show is being held!
Karin Park has previously entered the Eurovision Song Contest as the composer of Margaret Berger's song, I Feed You My Love, in 2013, finishing a very respectable 4th in the Grand Final in Malmö.
This year 450 have accreditation to Melodi Grand Prix, including 143 dancers and choristers, including a choir of 60 children; the 54 strong orchestra, and a crew of approximately 140 working behind the scenes. In addition there are the artists, management, press and other involved parties. In addition NRK has decided to drop the Eurovision Song Contest rule of a maximum of six persons being on stage during a performance.
Listen to the songs
Below is a list of the 11 finalists taking part in Melodi Grand Prix 2015 (in random order). You can listen to full length versions of all the songs on the NRK website.
Erlend Bratland - Thunderstruck
Artist: Erlend Bratland
Lyrics: Erlend Bratland, Linnea Deb
Music: Joy Deb, Linnea Deb
Raylee - Louder
Lyrics/Music: Andreas Stone Johansson & Ricky Hanley
Tor & Bettan - All Over The World
Song: All Over The World
Artist: Tor & Bettan
Lyrics/Music: Are Selheim, Tor Endresen
Jenny Langlo - Next to You
Song: Next to You
Artist: Jenny Langlo
Lyrics/Music: Jenny Langlo, Robin Mortensen Lynch, Niklas Olovson
Ira Konstantinidis - We Don't Worry
Song: We Don't Worry
Artist: Ira Konstantinidis
Lyrics: Ali Pirzad, Julie Bergan
Music: Øyvind Blikstad, Bjarte Giske
Contrazt - Heaven
Lyrics/Music: Jan Lysdahl, Jacob Collin Launbjerg
Marie Klåpbakken - Ta meg tilbake
Song: Ta meg tilbake
Artist: Marie Klåpbakken
Lyrics/Music: Marie Klåpbakken, Linn Hege Sagen, Olav Tronsmoen
Staysman & Lazz - En godt stekt pizza
Song: En godt stekt pizza
Artist: Staysman & Lazz
Lyrics/Music: Stian Thorbjørnsen, Petter Kristiansen, Lars-Erik Blokkhus, Jesper Borgen, Magnus Clausen
Mørland & Debrah Scarlett - A Monster Like Me
Song: A Monster Like Me
Artist: Mørland & Debrah Scarlett
Lyrics/Music: Kjetil Mørland
Alexandra Joner - Cinderella
Artist: Alexandra Joner
Lyrics/Music: Erik Smaaland, Kristoffer Tømmerbakke (GoToGuy)
Karin Park - Human Beings
Song: Human Beings
Artist: Karin Park
Lyrics/Music: Karin Park, Guy Chambers
Norway will take part in the second Semi-Final of the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest on the 21st of May at the Wiener Stadthalle in Vienna, Austria. The Grand Final takes place on the 23rd of May.