According to NRK, anyone can send in an entry, regardless of nationality. What their rules do stipulate however, is that any potential participant has to have turned 16 years of age by the time of the first semi final in Sweden in May next year. There are no restrictions regarding the number of simultaneous entries that can be submitted by the same person. Entries that are sent in to NRK should ideally be three minutes long, but longer demo versions are permitted. As in previous years, and in accordance with EBU rules, no sbumitted entries can have been published earlier and it goes without saying that plagiarism will lead to disqualification.
All hopefulls are encouraged to send in a CD with their entry and by registering themselves through the form available for download on NRK's website. All of the rules are also published on the website (Norwegian only), just to clarify any points that may be unclear. NRK have set the submission deadline for Saturday the 1st of September and hope for an overwhelming response. As Stenberg went on to explain, participation at the Melodi Grand Prix is like taking part at a boot camp, where both novices and professionals alike learn a lot and gain invaluable experience. Fingers crossed that with a new face at the helm, Stenberg is able to bring new impulses and give the contest a much needed shot of vitality. NRK have confirmed that the grand final will take place in February 2013, but the exact date still awaits confirmation. Stay tuned for further details.