Following the high of Emmelie de Forest at Eurovision 2013, Denmark came crashing down in Vienna when Anti-Social Media failed to advance from their semi-final. They placed 13th with just 33 points. Ouch.
But there’s good news on the horizon. Top producer Cutfather is taking the reins of Dansk Melodi Grand Prix in 2016. He’s worked with the likes of Kylie Minogue and the Pussycat Dolls, and contributed to the careers of Eurovision stars like Eric Saade and Isis Gee.
As producers comb through the submissions in Copenhagen, speculation is mounting that Denmark could take home the crown in 2016 — after all, it has won the past two contests that Sweden hosted. We’re cool with that — so much so that’s we’ve prepared this wishlist of acts we need to see in the DMGP 2016 final.
TAURUS VERSION 2
Known widely as TV2, the band formed in Aarhus in the early 80s. Having released 17 successful studio albums, three live albums and two compilations, they’re one of the most credible bands in Danish music history. They understand what good pop-rock is all about and they can bring that to the Eurovision stage. Slay!
HYMNS FROM NINEVEH
Their three critically-acclaimed albums each carried strong religious themes — and by God, we are feeling it! Led by Jonas Petersen, they cut through all demographics and are known for delivering mesmerising live performances. It’s a religious experience.
Prior to his solo success, Rasmus Walter was the lead singer of rock band “Grand Avenue”. To date he has released eight successful albums. His telegenic looks, pop-rock sound and extensive stage experience will fire him up the left side of any Eurovision scoreboard.
Cesilia brings swagger and urban realness. This relative newcomer has dropped some amazing covers of Rihanna and Kelis, and even released a few hits of her own. Only a month ago, she picked up the award for Danish Hit of The Year for her single “Vi To Datid Nu”. Her participation at Dansk Melodi Grand Prix will no doubt start a riot!
Boy band C21 didn’t just conquer Scandinavia in the late 90s and early 00s. They also tore it up in Asia! Although officially split, there have been strong rumours of a comeback and a third album. What better way to do it than to re-launch on the Eurovision stage?
Whigfield churned out Eurodance hit after hit across the continent back in the 90s. A major contender for a comeback, Whigfield proves that music travels beyond borders. Her first two albums were worldwide successes. Much of what we hear at Eurovision fits into her genre. Eurovision would benefit from having this household name in the contest; she would benefit from encountering a brand new audience.
Scarlet Pleasure are turning up the heat on Danish Radio, gaining positive press, and packing out arenas. Their music nods to the funky beats of the past, whilst remaining decidedly contemporary. It’s no wonder they have a growing legion of excited groupies. They’re one of the hottest new arrivals in Denmark and Europe needs to hear them. Pleasure is scarlet, y’all!
I GOT YOU ON TAPE
Blending jazz, pop and rock elements into their unusual brand of music, I Got You On Tape have already bagged a prestigious P3 award. They’re quirky and different — but you probably got that from their name…
With two platinum, number 1 albums in the bag, Lukas Graham doesn’t need Eurovision. But boy could it use him! He was packing out stadiums even before the release of his debut album and has built up major experience performing live. He would make the Globen shake!
Christopher is a big deal. He is already signed to EMI and recently won the Spotify innovation prize. He serves as eye-candy for the punters, whilst serving hot R&B pop for those with that particular taste. Many of you will remember his lovely duet “A Little Forgiveness” with Melodifestivalen star Molly Sanden.
With four successful albums, including two platinum tracks, Burhan G keeps gaining momentum. He has collaborated with Dutch House DJ Freddie Le Grand and American DJ Roger Sanchez on hit singles. The sound is great, and that body is bangin’.
OneTwo launched in 1986 with a debut album that shifted 130,000 copies. That’s a lot in a small country, y’all. Subsequent albums exceeded even that. Although they haven’t released new material for several years, they’re still actively touring and courting headlines for their live performances. Clearly the 80s are in!
Would you like to see any of these acts represent Denmark at Eurovision 2016? Let us know in the comments below!