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Danish national selection returns to Aalborg on February 7

Danish national selection returns to Aalborg on February 7
  • On July 7, 2014

When the Danish national selection Dansk Melodi Grand Prix returns next year, it will be from the very north of Denmark.

For the fifth time, the Danish representative will be selected in the town of Aalborg at the Gigantium Arena. The town last hosted the selection in 2012.


The perfect place 

Besides the host city and venue, the date has also been set. The final will air live on February 7, bringing the selection back to its usual spot in the winter. The final of the Junior selection will follow the following Saturday, using the same stage.

The Head of Entertainment at DR, this year’s Eurovision Head of Show, Jan Lagermand Lundme, is excited about the future show. “Gigantium is the perfect place to host DMGP and MGP. We have had some amazing Grand Prixs in Aalborg and I know they really know how to throw a party and make the most of the shows coming to town,” he said to


Songs with something to tell

DR has opened up for song submissions for next year’s contest and wants to go new ways.

Jan Lagermand Lundme states that the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix format is being reset following the honor of hosting Eurovision. “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.”

The Head of Entertainment states that quality over quantity needs to be underlined, with a departure from the focus of how many songs are sent in for consideration. Last year, 872 songs were submitted. “I want to encourage the songwriters to send it the very best they have. Not necessarily 20 songs each, but the one song they believe can win Eurovision.”

It is important to DR that the submitted songs have something to tell, with a genuine feeling, and not necessarily what is typical of the Eurovision genre. This year’s Dutch representatives The Common Linnets and their song “Calm After The Storm” is highlighted as an example of this, along with this year’s winner Conchita Wurst.


The rules

Six songs will be chosen from the public submissions, while another three to four songs will be invited by DR. The songs can be in any language and the songwriters can submit as many entries as they want. The songwriter, composer, or performing artist must either be a Danish citizen or have strong ties to Denmark.

The deadline for song submissions has been set for September 8 at 12 pm.


Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2015 rules



Ditte Marie performs at Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2012 at the Gigantium Arena




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