Changes to Denmark’s National Final as public given choice over finalists

After three years of qualifying for the final, and two wins this century, you could say that Denmark have a winning formula with their National Final – Dansk Melodi Grand Prix (DMGP). However, today it has been announced by Danish broadcaster DR that they will be implementing some changes into the format for next years selection.

With a special focus on musical breadth, radio head of DR Gustav Lützhøft has announced that the public will be able to choose three of the ten national finalists via their P4 radio network. In addition to the seven pre-determined finalists, nine additional songs will be released for the radio selection where following a vote, the top three voted entries winning a place in the grand finale. The DMGP final will take place on Saturday 7th March 2020 where the winning act will go on to represent Denmark at the 65th Eurovision Song Contest next May in Rotterdam.

“The songs in the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix are meant to be even more varied than before, so that more people can see their musical interest reflected in the show. On the whole, we would like the music of the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix to become even more important to many, gather Denmark on the music and songwriting and invite even more people to be part of the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix”

Gustav Lützhøft

In the element of fairness, all sixteen of the competing songs will be released to the public in January 2020, where the Danish public will have over two months to familiarize themselves with the songs and find the best song for Rotterdam.

Public submissions for potential DMGP entries are still open and DR is keen to have a high level of diversity. The deadline for submissions is November 1st 2019.

In 2019, Leonora won Dansk Melodi Grand Prix with ‘Love Is Forever’. In Tel Aviv, Denmark narrowly qualified for the final placing 10th in the semi-final, one point ahead of 11th place Lithuania. Despite this, Leonora picked up traction and placed 12th in the final with 120 points.

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