Danish national selection receives 687 song submissions
Yesterday, the deadline for song submissions for next year’s Dansk Melodi Grand Prix passed and the Danish national broadcaster, DR, can now reveal that 687 songs have been received.
That is a little lower the 872 received last year, but is the average number for the past five years.
Quality over quantity
The emphasis is not put on the amount of songs received, however. When the song submission was announced, the broadcaster underlined that it wanted to see quality over quantity and encouraged the songwriters and composer to only send in their best work.
When the host city was announced in July, the DR head of entertainment, Jan Lagermand Lundme, stated that he would like to hear songs that have something to tell, using this year’s Dutch entry, “Calm After the Storm,” as an example.
“We want to challenge the format and make sure we are constantly evolving. Of course we would also like the trophy back since it is a competition and that is what it is all about,” he said to dr.dk back in July.
A different league
While the amount of submitted songs is average, the head of entertainment tells dr.dk that the new songs come from a different league of songwriters.
“We can feel that we have reached a new league in recent years. It is the best people from both Denmark and Europe that are sending in songs. It is both established names, and brand new talents that DR perhaps can help along if they enter DMGP,” he said to dr.dk.
Song selection starts
A secret, professional jury will select six or seven songs from the pool of 687 submitted demos. As in previous years, the last three or four songs will be invited by DR on a wildcard.
Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2015 airs live from the Gigantium Arena in Aalborg on Saturday, February 7, 2015. The hosts have yet to be revealed.