This year, the semi-finals of the 2009 Melodi Grand Prix have been met with approval from the Norwegian TV audience with over 1 million people tuning in for their quest to find a successful follow-up to Maria Haukaas Storeng and her song Hold On, Be Strong. Maria managed to secure a fantastic 5th place for her native country in last year's Eurovision Song Contest. This year, she chose to change jobs and is one of the presenters of the show tonight together with Per Sundnes.
Six of the eight songs participating qualified directly in the first three semi-finals, and the last two - Espen Hana and Publiners - were fortunate in the so called Last Chance round last Saturday and grabbed the last two tickets. The running order for the final was decided by the drawing of lots and looks like this: