Submissions for Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2016 open
It was just this year, following the Danish Eurovision victory, that Danish national broadcaster DR gave the national selection Melodi Grand Prix a fresh new look and brand to bring the contest to a new level.
However, the disappointing result in Vienna, where Denmark failed to reach the final for the first time since 2007, left a lot to be desired.
Cutfather to be in control of the music
The new trick up DR’s sleeve is brining in former X Factor judge and pop-producer Mich Hedin Hansen, better known as Cutfather. For the 2016 selection, Cutfather will be put in charge of the music for the show, meaning the responsibility of choosing the songs will be his, in cooperation with Jonas Schröder, who has been attached to the show since 2013, and a secret panel. Cutfather will also help matching the selected songs with fitting artists to perform them.
“The selection has had a bit of a bad reputation in the Danish music industry for many years. But I always end up watching the show myself and it is an event which gathers people, which can do a lot. So why not jump into it and see what I can add? I am always up for a challenge,” Cutfather said to dr.dk.
Having produced hits such as Kylie Minogue’s “Get Outta My Way,” The Pussycat Dolls’ “I Hate This Part,” and recently, Olly Murs’ “Up,” Cutfather has some serious pop music experience. Previously, he has been on the jury of the Danish national selection.
Should not be embarrassed
Jan Lagermand Lundme, the Head of Entertainment at DR and responsible for Melodi Grand Prix, wants to make it clear that the new move has nothing to do with the result in Vienna and that it is nothing to be ashamed about.
“Nobody should be embarrassed about our performance. It has only been two years since Denmark last won. So we should not have low self-esteem. Most of the other countries have started to take the contest more seriously in a musical sense. We have done that in Denmark for a long time but when the rest of Europe is optimizing, so should we,” he said to dr.dk.
With the announcement of the contest also comes the official rules, which are much like previous years. Either the composer, songwriter, og performer must be a Danish citizen or have similar strong ties to the country. The song can be in any language. A secret panel, which will not be revealed, will be selecting the songs without knowledge of who created the works, with the help of Cutfather, of course.
The submission period is now open and runs until September 7. The Danish national selection usually takes place in late January or early February.