The disappointing result of this year’s Danish Eurovision entry will not repeat itself again in 2016 – at least not according to the Danish star music producer and songwriter Mich Hedin Hansen, better known as Cutfather.
The Danish national broadcaster DR chose the artist to work on the selection process for the Melodi Grand Prix 2016. In close collaboration with music producer Jonas Schrøder who has been affiliated with the Danish national selection since 2013, Cutfather’s job will be to select 10 songs which will compete in the 2016 edition of the Danish preselection. Jan Lagermand Lundme, the DR Entertainment Manager, said:
Cutfather is a pop music producer who knows what it takes to bring out a good song, and I am thrilled that he said ‘yes’ to this task.
He further stated that the appointment of Cutfuther to become the key person in the selection process is not related to the disappointing performance of this year’s Danish entrants – boy band Anti Social Media – which didn’t qualify for the 2015 Eurovision final, for the first time in eight years!
Most other countries which participate in the Eurovision Song Contest have started to look at this competition in a very serious way. We have also done so for years, but when the rest of Europe takes a step up the ladder, we need to do the same.
Cutfather, who has produced songs for Blue, All Saints, Olly Murs and even Kylie Minogue, believes that Eurovision is a great platform for new artists with a promising future. He said:
In the last few years, it has become clear that it is possible to bring out a great hit to the music market as a Eurovision participant. Loreen’s ‘Euphoria’ was a massive hit across Europe and even this year’s winning entry, Måns Zelmerlöw’s ‘Heroes,’ became the number one song on iTunes in 11 countries right after winning the competition.
Artists who believe that they have the je ne sais quoi needed to reach the very top in Eurovision are prompted to submit their songs before the deadline, on 7th of September. The rules for participation can be found on www.dr.dk/grandprix.
The date for the Melodi Grand Prix 2016 has not been set yet.