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Tonight: Norwegian final kicks off from Oslo

06 February 2010 at 01:01 CET

The final of the 2010 edition of Melodi Grand Prix will tonight be broadcast from Oslo Spektrum. After three semi-finals and a second-chance round eight quality acts are ready to compete for the honour to represent their native Norway at the 2010 edition of Europe's favourite TV show.

After Alexander Rybak's victory in Moscow last year, this year's national selection is seen by many as being especially important. The song chosen tonight will represent Norway on home-turf on the 29th of May when the Eurovision Song Contest takes place at the Telenor Arena in Oslo.

The outcome of tonight's competition seems to be quite close to call with different sources naming different acts as the favourites to take home the trophy. A number of online polls have pegged British/Norwegian band A1 as the favourite to win whilst other sources suggest that Didrik Solli-Tangen and Keep Of Kalessin are most likely to win. 2008 winner Maria Haukaas Storeng has also been mentioned as a favourite.

The following acts will take part tonight:

  • A1 - Don't Wanna Lose You Again
  • Maria Haukaas Storeng - Make My Day
  • Venke Knutson - Jealous Cause I Love You
  • Bjørn Johan Muri - Yes Man
  • Maria Arredondo - The Touch
  • Alexander Stenerud - Give It To Me
  • Didrik Solli-Tangen - My Heart Is Yours
  • Keep Of Kalessin - The Dragontower

Like previous years two rounds of voting will be held, with the top acts going through to a super-final. From here expert jury votes from the towns where the semi-finals were held and regional televotes will be combined to produce a result.