Since taking over the responsibility as musical director of Norway’s favourite show Melodi Grand Prix, Vivi Stenberg has given fans exactly what they want and in doing so, has secured Norway two consecutive top ten results. Do all good things come in threes? NRK certainly hopes so as it calls for potential candidates for 2015.
State broadcaster NRK announced on its official website earlier today that the search for Carl Espen’s successor is now underway with the opening for submissions to next year’s Norwegian selection, Melodi Grand Prix 2015.
Stenberg spoke to NRK today, telling of how she hopes that she hopes they will receive as many diverse entries as were submitted for this years contest. The selection in sopen to everyone, but Stenberg is primarily on the lookout for seasoned songwriters, composers and artists who are in many ways prepared for the invigorating yet demanding experience that participation in MGP entails. All potential artists have to have turned sixteen in time for the final next May.
With more and more norwegian acts attracting attention abroad, the norwegian music scene has never been so diverse or been so healthy, something Stenberg naturally hopes will reflect in the entries to be submitted to NRK for next year’s selection. She goes on to state that Melodi Grand Prix is a huge platform from which artists have the potential to either launch or further their career: "When a song is selected by the jury, months of intensive work begin with mathcing an artist with the song, creating the right staging with the help of directors, light technicians, stage designers, and wardrobe designers. We have to get the camerawork spot on, as this is what makes the entry come across well on screen, there’s so much to take into consideration. There’s so much work behind the each three minute performance on the Melodi Grand Prix stage, but taking part is an exciting and educational experience for any artist."
With apporximately 600 submitted entries for this year’s selection, Stenberg and NRK certainly have their work cut out. The production department is already well underway with the planning of next year’s selection, but are currently keeping all information strictly under wraps, not even wishing to divulge just how many entries will be selected to take part in Melodi Grand Prix 2015. With a fourth place from 2013 with Margaret Berger‘s I Feed You My Love and Carl Espen‘s respectable eighth place from this year with Silent Storm, the stakes are high and Stenberg is eager to repeat the success of the past two years.
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