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Plans for Melodi Grand Prix interval act revealed

Loreen © Vano Shlamov/AFP

You give a little, you take a little...Norwegian artists Tone Damli and Maria Haukaas Mittet are both participating in the second semi in Gothenburg in their own way this weekend and as a token of thanks, Norway get to borrow Sweden's very own queen of Eurovision, Loreen for a spectacular interval act in this year's Melodi Grand Prix final.

Melodi Grand Prix 2013

MGP 2013 © NRK.no

All of the entries from this year's Norwegian selection.

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Full Norwegian Line Up Revealed Today

Lucky Lips © Hege Bakken Riise/NRK

With Adelén, Sirkus Eliassen and Gaute bagging the final three spots in the Norwegian final this coming Saturday, there was one space left reserved for NRK's wildcard. You can imagine the scenes of jubilation, when NRK contacted the act in question yesterday evening.

Adelén, Sirkus Eliassen and Gaute Ormåsen qualified to the Norwegian Melodi Grand Prix final

Norway heat 3 contenders © NRK/Hege Bakken Riise

In tonight's third preliminary heat Norway gave us skelletens and gravestones fighting against Duracel rabbits! The show that took place in Larvik had the assignment to pick three more finalists for Oslo next Saturday after six songs already were ready. 

Melodi Grand Prix 2013: Third Norwegian heat - get to know the participants

Norway heat 3 contenders © NRK/Hege Bakken Riise

Saturday sees the last semi final from Larvik, before the grand final in Oslo Spektrum the following Saturday. Will the brothers in Sirkus Eliassen manage to mobilize all of the fans that bought their last few hits? Or will the goth group Gothtastic pull out all the stops and give us a spectacular stage show that will have the votes pouring in?  

Final seven Norwegian hopefuls presented tonight

3rd heat contenders Norway © NRK/Hege Bakken Riise

With the third and final heat of Melodi Grand Prix to take place on Saturday in Larvik, NRK announced the final seven contenders for the last few spaces in the final tonight. Following a rather mixed response to the winner of the first heat. Gromth & Emil Solli-Tangen, Margaret Berger win last week met with a far more universally positive response.

Annsofi, Fjellfolk and Margaret Berger through to the Melodi Grand Prix final in Norway

Annsofi, Fjellfolk, Margaret Berger ©  www.eurovision.tv

The second semi final of the Melodi Grand Prix took place in Florø, Norway tonight.  Seven more acts took to the stage featuring a variety of styles.  Three acts made it to the final and one more act will have a chance as a wild card to make it to the final at the Spektrum in Oslo on 9 February.

Melodi Grand Prix 2013: Second Norwegian heat - get to know the participants

Norwegian heat 2 participants © NRK/Julia Naglestad

This week's batch of artists failed to match last week's in the big name stakes, with only Margaret Berger and Hank being semi known to the general public. The bigger names were to be found among the songwriters, including Alexander Rybak and Bjørn Johan Muri.

Seven more Norwegian contenders announced tonight - Alexander Rybak back

Melodi Grand Prix 2013 - Second Norwegian heat ©  Julia Naglestad/NRK

With the second heat of Melodi Grand Prix from Florø rapidly approaching, it was time once more for NRK to announce the second batch of contenders in this year's selection. Would they manage to come up with an equally eclectic mix of artists as last week?

Oh Norway, what have you done?

It is all a matter of taste. That much I know, but last night I saw one of my favourite countries sink down to a level I could never have imagined. The Norwegians started their selection with a bunch of bad songs - and the single one worth listen to, kicked out. 

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