Two Eurovision winners help declare Odense as DMGP city
More details about the upcoming Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, the Danish national selection for Eurovision, were revealed at a festive press conference and ceremony today at the city hall of the host city, Odense.
Official host city
Rasmus Ladefoged, Entertainment Editor of DR, handed over the diploma to the mayor of Odense, Anker Boye, officially declaring the city host of Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2014. “Arena Fyn has the best conditions to handle a proper and professional Melodi Grand Prix. We will create the most festive of atmospheres,” said the mayor.
No return of The Olsen Brothers
Two previous winners of the Eurovision Song Contest, The Olsen Brothers (Denmark 2000) and Emmelie de Forest (Denmark 2013) were present at the ceremony, performing their winning songs.
The Olsen Brothers were particularly excited about the contest returning to the island of Fyn, as they were both born on the island. But 2014 won’t see a return of the winning brothers. “We simply are too busy. We are releasing an album in November called “Brothers to Brothers,” which was made in Nashville, and to promote it in all countries, we would need 48 hours in a day,” said Jørgen Olsen to local TV-station TV2-Fyn.
The city in the middle
Since Denmark won the contest in Malmö in May, a fierce debate about host city has taken place in the country, pitting the residents of Jylland and Herning against the residents of Zealand and Copenhagen. But in the middle, both figuratively and geographically, is the island of Fyn and its main city Odense, the third largest city in Denmark.
The contest was last hosted here in 1993 and the residents are happy to have it back. “I think it’s great it’s going to be on Fyn, it’s nice it gets around to different places instead of everything happening in Herning or Copenhagen,” said Sabine, an Odense resident, to dr.dk.
Of the past 13 editions of Melodi Grand Prix, three have taken place in Copenhagen and 10 in Jylland.
Slightly smaller than usual
The show will be slightly smaller than previous editions, as the Arena Fyn has an audience capacity of 4-5,000. The final capacity will be dependent on the stage design. The tickets will be on sale before Christmas. The final is moved away from its usual January spot and into March, with the Danish Junior Melodi Grand Prix airing a week later from the same venue, creating a small Eurovision spring for the Danes.
Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2014 will take place on March 8th, at Arena Fyn in the city of Odense.
Source: DR, TV2-Fyn Photo credit: Michael Søndergaard © DR