Jan Fredrik Karlsen is passing on the Melodi Grand Prix baton to Stig Karlsen.
For the past two years, Jan Fredrik Karlsen has been in charge of providing new and established talent in Melodi Grand Prix. Due to new, exciting challenges, NRK has now informed the Norwegian press he is to step down from his role. In his two years as curator, Jan Fredrik experienced success with JOWST, a submission by Stig Karlsen, who finished in the grand final top ten in 2017, as failure when Agnete failed to qualify in 2016 with Icebreaker.
The difficult task to continue Norway’s success now falls on the shoulders of tv producer & journalist Stig Karlsen. The producer, an expert in music and weekend entertainment, already has an active role in the selection process. Yes, Stig is the man responsible for JOWST debut at MGP. What a great start! On top of that, Stig has plenty of work experience across Norwegian radio and tv. Sounds like Melodi Grand Prix is in very safe hands for 2018 and the years to come.
On to Eurovision 2018
NRK already opened a call for potential 2018 acts. Anyone interested can make a submission until September 10. Anyone can apply for the Melodi Grand Prix, but artists must be 16 years old in order to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest next year. Norwegian and foreign songwriters can also participate, although NRK will be looking for Norwegian composers to submit entries. To submit an entry click here.
The winner of Melodi Grand Prix 2018, will once again be decided by televoting and an international jury. More details about the show will be available in due course.