Denmark saw an uncharacteristically early exit from Eurovision this year, with Anti Social Media knocked out in Semi-Final 1 and Copenhagen left only watching the Grand Final for the first time since 2007. 

DR are serious about turning their fortunes around and Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2016 already looks set to be a strong national selection.

The entry criteria have changed slightly, with a strong emphasis on promoting Danish talent – at least one of the composers, songwriters or artists in entires must be Danish – and the deadline for entries is the 7th of September. That’s hella soon y’all.

DR’s other headline news is that super-producer Cutfather will be using his expertise to lead the direction of Dansk Melodi Grand Prix.

Who is Cutfather?

Cutfather has judged X-Factor Denmark but his biggest claim to fame is as a music producer. Cutfather’s most recent success was producing mega-hit collab “Up” for Olly Murs and Demi Lovato, but he’s also worked with Kylie Minogue, Melanie C (that’s Sporty Spice, y’all!), Jordin Sparks, JLS, Alexandra Burke, B*Witched and Christina Aguilera to name a few of his mainstream stars.

Homeboy also has Eurovision form though, having worked with stars including Eric Saade, Isis Gee, Basim, Jessica Mauboy and Gina G.

If Cutfather can bring his mainstream success and Eurovision track record together Denmark could be challenging for the win in 2016. And let’s not forget which country won the last two times the contest was hosted in Sweden…

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Alex
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Alex

LOL Danes take it seriously when Sweden hosts the show. I don’t want them to host Eurovision again, and i bet they don’t want to win again after the money they had to pay in 2014.

But i do not get why their jury voted Anti Social Media over “Suitcase” which won the televoting. It felt like they wanted to fail this year.

brittanywattscb
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brittanywattscb

Because Denmark need to win in sweden its the rules Of Eurovision.

WTF
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WTF

Just send these guys and be done with it:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8lpAOre_-8

Deven O'Kearney
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Deven O'Kearney

An oversized football stadium in 2001.
An abandoned shipyard in 2014.

What’s next? Horsens state prison in 2017? 😛

I seriously wonder what weird and wonderful venue will stage Eurovision 2017 if Denmark win.

You know, I have a shed that DR could use. It’s yellow.

Chris
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Chris

@Chris
Sorry for a mistake: “from 1996 to 2011”

Chris
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Chris

Denmark belongs to the least innovative countries of Eurovision, alas. All of their songs are just too similar in terms of style. They are just typical tracks, which you can listen to on the radio. They don’t provoke any controversies and much discussions. They are usually just good. As the host Denmark made a comparable step for the development of Eurovision as Sweden did in 2000. Copenhagen 2014 will be remembered for many years. As for @ Mario’s comment: “Although it gets boring to witness the same countries winning over & over again this is how our EuroVision actually really… Read more »

EF0912
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EF0912

Every year Danish entries are soooo overrated (except 2013) and almost every year, I don’t want to see them in the final and then they qualify and I always think it’s such a shame. So this change is welcome. I have high hopes for Denmark this year – they always seem to do well on Swedish soil anyways.

MTD
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MTD

@[email protected] – you’re right and we both are on the same line. I think that in almost every single case, I didn’t like only their winning song (including “Only Teardrops”) from the entries included in their NF’s.

Robyn Gallagher
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Denmark are one of those countries who have proven that if they want to win it, they can put in a solid effort and do just that (UK, Ireland – take note plz). I’d be happy enough if Denmark did win again, but there would be so much moaning from ESC fans who wouldn’t want to go to Denmark again so soon. OMG, the moaning! *cries*

Mario
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Mario

Well although im having my doubts i believe that Denmark might have chance to win again next year in Sweden..
4 some reason i think that the Danes will repeat what the Swedes did with winning in Vision in such short term of 3 years…Will be ofc 3 years after Malmo’s ESC if Denmark gets the victory..
Although it gets boring to witness the same countries winning over & over again this is how our EuroVision actually really works…Thats its unpredictable every single year & you never know about which countries will gonna do great & which ones will not…

Mario
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Mario

Well although i really like Denmark & its one of my favorite visionary countries in Vision i think that their elimination this year was fair & NOT injustice.. It really seems that Danes did not want to do really well in Vienna’s Vision so they chose to send one of their least good songs in the bunch of Dansk 2015.. *Just The Way U Are* was not bad at all song but was not that good either.. And comparing it with the fact that this boy band was pretty awful despicable made things worse…These dudes really looked nasty & obnoxious… Read more »

Mario
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Mario

Well i prefered the old executive producer though.. He is 47 years old…Emmelie won with margin of 47 points.. So he has full long career on composing producing songs…He has produced too many songs and how many of these were 4 popular famous singers.. But how many composers-producers are actually known famous? Not many…Only the singers that are given the songs are getting all the fame & credit.. He was one of the 5 members of the jury of Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2013 that Emmelie stormed all the way to victory and the rest is history… <3 *Only Teardrops*… Read more »

Deniz@TurkNL
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The problem was not the Selection itself, I watched it for the firt time last year and I really liked all songs (except the chosen one). The problem was the winner. I don’t think they should change the selection too much.