For the first time since 1989, the final of the MGP 2020, Norway’s national final for Eurovision 2020, will take place outside Oslo. Specifically as the country’s public broadcaster announced, the final of the MGP 2020 on February 15 will take place in Trondheim, at the brand new Trondheim Spektrum.
At Trondheim Spektrum the MGP 2020 final
This will be the first time since 1989 that the MGP final will not be held in Oslo and the first time since 2001 that it will not be hosted at Oslo Spektrum. Trondheim is Norway’s fourth largest city and the Trondheim Spektrum launched a month ago is now the country’s largest indoor arena, with 12,000 capacity. Tickets to go on sale from Thursday will be 8,000. The final of the MGP 2020 will have more spectators than the final of the Eurovision 2019!
This is how the Norwegian representative at Eurovision 2020 will be selected
We remind you that MGP 2020 will consist of six shows, five semifinals and the grand final.
1st Semifinal, 11/1 – Northern Norway
2nd Semifinal, 18/1 – Central Norway
3rd Semifinal, 25/1 – Western Norway
4th Semifinal, 1/2 – Eastern Norway
5th Semifinal, 8/2 – Southern Norway
Final, 15/2 – Tronheim
Each semifinal will feature four songs in duels (as in Melodifestivalen’s second chance) and the final winner will qualify for the final. But along with the five songs that will come out of the semifinals, another five songs that have been directly qualified and selected by the jury that evaluated all submissions will feature the final in 15/2.
The names of the finalists will be announced on January 3, while the names of the contenders in each semifinal will be announced on Monday before each semifinal. The day before each semifinal the songs will be unveiled , while at the semifinals we will have the opportunity to listen to a song by the finalists.
Results in both the semifinals and the final will be determined exclusively by the television audience
MGP chief Stig Karlsen revealed that just like in 2019, at MGP 2020 we will have big names of the Norwegian music scene. Presenters will be announced in December. The semifinals will take place at the H3 Arena in Fornebu, next to Oslo Airport, with the grand final as we said above at Trondheim Spektrum.
This year, Norway was represented by KeiiNO after their victory at MGP 2019 with the song “Spirit In The Sky”, which took sixth overall in the Grand Final, but won the audience’s vote.