Danish final to be held in Odense
For the first time since 1993, Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, the Danish national selection for Eurovision, will be held in the hometown of Hans Christian Andersen: Odense. This was announced by Danish broadcaster DR today. The venue will be Stadium Arena Fyn.
“We know that Odense can execute the task and create a grand show and a huge party for everyone,” said Rasmus Ladefoged, entertainment editor of DR, in the press release.
The mayor of Odense, Anker Boye, is looking forward to the big show. “We are looking forward to inviting all of Denmark,” he said to dr.dk. “In Odense we are looking forward to the exciting atmosphere that the Grand Prix brings.”
A special focus will be on the show, as Denmark hosts the Eurovision Song Contest next year. Thus, the winner of Dansk Melodi Grand Prix will defend the Danish colors on home soil. “The eyes of the world are on Denmark, as we’re hosting Eurovision. Of course Dansk Melodi Grand Prix will be something special this time,” said Ladefoged.
A press conference taking place on October 1st is expected to reveal more details. The song submission is open and will run until October 7th. A jury will pick 6 songs and 3-4 more will be invited by DR.
Odense lies on the island of Fyn, in the middle of Denmark, connected by bridges to Zealand in the east, and Jutland in the west.
The Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2014 final will take place on March 8th. This coincides with the final of the Swedish selection show Melodifestivalen. The winner will represent Denmark in Copenhagen in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest, taking place on May 10th.