Today came what many had been waiting for; the exaxt running order of the two semi-finals. For the first time it was decided by the producers together with EBU, instead of the usual draw. Austria will be opening the first semi-final while Latvia will kick off the second one.
Today the Head of Delegation meeting took place in Malmö. All the participating entries have now been officially handed it to EBU, the Reference Group got three new members, the starting position in the final for the host country was drawn and the premiliminary dates for next year's contest announced.
The Norwegian selection Melodi Grand Prix may have proved a flop in terms of television ratings, but with new figurehead Vivi Stenberg at the helm, the contest has produced numerous sizeable hits, which according to Stenberg, was her primary aim.
Songstress' Christine Guldbrandsen's is just back from a recent trip to China, her second in the space of six months. As was the case with Secret Garden, the Chinese seem to be insatiable when it comes to getting enough of the sweet sounds of Miss Guldbrandsen.
La Meg Være Ung, Wenche Myhre once sang way back in 1964 aged just seventeen. Little did she know then just how prophetic her song would turn out to be. Turning 66 this week, she shows no sign of slowing down, with the recent release of both a biography and a CD with the same name. The megastar has just announced that she is to embark on a tour, too!
The Norwegian selection Melodi Grand Prix has normally been a huge hit with TV viewers, giving NRK viewing figures that most channels can only dream of. This year's edition however got off to a catastrophic start, but finally managed to turn defeat into victory at the weekend.
For Norwegians and Eurovision fans alike, a year is finally over. The evening has finally arrived where we will find out just who will be the successor of last year's winner, Tooji. There were some convincing performances earlier today that should make for compelling viewing and to make this a close race to the finish line.
Pulses begin to race as all acts take to the stage in Oslo Spektrum for a final run through their stage shows. Dance moves have to be perfected, lines have to be practiced, nerves to be calmed. Eurovisionary was on hand to watch the preparations, hoping for some indication as to the outcome of tonight's grand final.
Just who will follow in the footsteps of last year's victor Tooji? Will the result be a shocker like last year, when hotly tipped Plumbo were defeated? Thankfully, we don't have to wait that long, with the Norwegian final of Melodi Grand Prix just around the corner.