Big scandal for Melodi Grand Prix

Saturday evening race this year's Melodi Grand Prix over the screen in Norway, on the channel NRK, and true to tradition, there were hundreds of thousands of n

Big scandal for Melodi Grand Prix

Saturday evening race this year's Melodi Grand Prix over the screen in Norway, on the channel NRK, and true to tradition, there were hundreds of thousands of n

Ann McDonald
Ann McDonald
16 February 2020 Sunday 08:00
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Big scandal for Melodi Grand Prix

Saturday evening race this year's Melodi Grand Prix over the screen in Norway, on the channel NRK, and true to tradition, there were hundreds of thousands of norwegians sat glued to the tv screens and watched the fight about who should represent Norway in this year's 'Eurovision'.

But the Norwegian Melodi Grand Prix course far from according to plan.

this year, NRK as something new, namely, made in the classic vote over the phone. Instead, viewers vote over a app, where they were to provide participants with various emojis, depending on whether they wanted them to move on in the competition or not.

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And, precisely, this new approach worked far from as intended.

It writes to several Norwegian media outlets, including VG.

Since the field of ten finalists were slimmed down to four, broke the system, namely, together, and it was therefore impossible for thousands of viewers to vote on their favorites because of the massive technical problems.

programme manager, Ronny Brede Aase announced subsequently that they worked feverishly to find a solution.

Vibeke Furst Haugen had to be in front after the show. Photo: Tore Meek/Ritzau Scanpix

the Solution was not forthcoming, however, and shortly after was the NRK have to saddle on. They therefore asked an international jury consisting of 30 people from across the country to take the decision as to which four artists were on.

It was certainly not in good soil with neither the viewers or the audience in the hall. Several emigrated, others cried, 'buh', while the social media overflowed with massive criticism. Here was the Norwegian Melodi Grand Prix among other things, touted to be a 'big scandal' and a 'failure' of the dimensions.

NRK got to the last track of the technical problems, since the final winner was crowned among the four remaining finalists. It ended up to be forhåndsfavoritten Ulrikke, who ran with the victory.

Several viewers wondering whether it was the right winner, that was touted. Photo: Tore Meek/Ritzau Scanpix

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More viewers wonder, though the day is then over, whether it is the right winner, who has been named on the basis of the vote, which ended in pure chaos. It has got multiple media to require that the numbers for the vote will be put publicly forward, and that NRK is in front.

- We feel quite confident that it is the right to win is back, says Vibeke Furst Haugen, Assistant Broadcasting Manager for NRK to VG.

- There is a huge commitment in connection with Melodi Grand Prix, and especially in connection with the final. We have received 38 million emojis, so it was too large, and then failed the system, she says about the massive problems that arose during the final.

According to Vibeke Furst Haugen was the new tuning system made for creating more interactivity among the audience, but the system could not cope with the pressure.

She regrets on NRK's behalf, that the system did not work as intended.

Updated: 16.02.2020 08:00
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