Norsk Melodi Grand Prix 2017 Odds
Norway will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. The Norwegian broadcaster Norsk rikskringkasting (NRK) will organise the national final Melodi Grand Prix 2017 in order to select the Norwegian entry for the 2017 contest.
Prior to the 2017 Contest, Norway had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest fifty-five times since their first entry in 1960. Norway had won the contest on three occasions: in 1985 with the song "La det swinge" performed by Bobbysocks!, in 1995 with the song "Nocturne" performed by Secret Garden and in 2009 with the song "Fairytale" performed by Alexander Rybak. Norway also had the two dubious distinctions of having finished last in the Eurovision final more than any other country and for having the most "nul points" (zero points) in the contest, the latter being a record the nation shared together with Austria. The country had finished last eleven times and had failed to score a point during four contests. Following the introduction of semi-finals for the 2004 contest, Norway has only failed to qualify on three occasions, their most recent failure occurring in 2016 with the song "Icebreaker" performed by Agnete.
The Norwegian national broadcaster, Norsk rikskringkasting (NRK), broadcasts the event within Norway and organises the selection process for the nation's entry. The broadcaster has traditionally organised the national final Melodi Grand Prix, which has selected the Norwegian entry for the Eurovision Song Contest in all but one of their participation. On 9 June 2016, NRK revealed details regarding their selection procedure and announced the organization of Melodi Grand Prix 2017 in order to select the 2017 Norwegian entry.
Melodi Grand Prix 2017 will be the 55th edition of the Norwegian national final Melodi Grand Prix and will select Norway's entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. The Head of Delegation (Jan Fredrik Karlsen) has promised that things need to be changed for 2017, and still has the ambitions for a comeback and possible victory in Ukraine after his disappointment of Norway not qualifying in Stockholm.
Jan Fredrik Karlsen the Head of Melodi Grand Prix has faith that Norway can win the contest on Ukrainian soil, adding that: ’’When one is MGP-general, one can not go into such a competition and not have the faith to win. I am 100 percent ready to take the Eurovision Song Contest back to Norway.’’
Norway missed out on the final for the first time since 2011 this year, when Agnete failed to qualify with the song “Icebreaker”. The main reason of this fail has been reported to be the singer's health problems, she reported that she had had a virus infection which didn’t let her promote her song at pre-Eurovision parties. Moreover, the non-qualification of Norway was one of the bad surprises for ESC fans in 2016, as that song was between the favorites.