Could two years of hurt be coming to an end? After failing to qualify for the Eurovision final in both 2015 and 2016, Denmark have re-evaluted their options for 2017. That means one thing: there’s no proper boyband this year! Today, they’ve announced the names of the ten acts taking part in Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2017. Among the acts are fan favourites, Anja Nissen and Sada Vidoo.
You can find all ten finalists below, along with more information on each of them.
Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2017 — Finalists
1. Ida Una — “One”
Nineteen-year old Ida was discovered on YouTube, where she performed cover songs along with her boyfriend. She’s currently a student at the Aarhus Academy. “One” was written in part by Peter Bjørnskov, who has penned multiple DMGP songs in the past.
Song by: Peter Bjørnskov & Lene Dissing
2. Thomas Ring — “Vesterbro”
Former X Factor Denmark winner Thomas makes his Dansk Melodi Grand Prix debut this year. After his victory in 2010, Thomas has gone on to release two albums, but is calling DMGP his “comeback”. He is performing the only Danish-language song in the entire DMGP field. It’s also the first single from his upcoming third album.
Song by: Thomas Ring
3. Rikke Skytte — “Colour My World”
Eighteen-year-old Rikke is the youngest performer in the field. She too was discovered on YouTube, where she has uploaded many of her own original songs. In her spare time, she’s also a swimming teacher. Songwriter Laura Kloos also penned Swiss entrant Michèle’s “Two Faces”.
Song by: Mads Løkkegaard, Joël Pagiël MacDonald, Mohamed Alitou & Laura Kloos
4. Anja — “Where I Am”
Anja Nissen’s return will no doubt be celebrated by many Eurovision fans. She was one of the big favourites at DMGP 2016, where she finished second with her Emmelie de Forest-penned “Never Alone”. Anja previously won the third season of The Voice Australia.
Song by: Anja Nissen, Angel Tupai & Michael D’Arcy
5. Calling Mercury — “Big Little Lies”
If Denmark does want to send a boyband again, they’ll have to settle for an all-male duo. Calling Mercury are made up of 25-year-olds Jeppe Norup and Joel Peters. The two have only performed together publicly once before, but have uploaded many songs online.
Song by: Thomas Sardorf, Rune Braager & Martin Luke Brown
6. Anthony — “Smoke In My Eyes”
Anthony Lopez won X Factor Denmark in 2014, as part of the duo Anthony Jasmin. The duo split up shortly after their victory though and Anthony has since been living in the USA. During his time there, he has set up a popular Danish boutique.
Song by: Kim Nowak-Zorde, Kasper Larsen, Hans Petersen, Ollie Marland & Phil Plested
7. René Machon — “Warriors”
René is another act returning, having ditched a partner. In 2015, he took part in DMGP alongside Tina, with the song “Mi Amore”. He previously fronted a cover band for 20 years.
Song by: Astrid Cordes, Alexander Grandjean, Hans Petersen & Lars Andersen
8. Sada Vidoo — “Northern Lights”
Anyone who followed Saara Aalto’s run of X Factor UK may remember Sada. She styles herself as a “living doll”, which notably freaked out judge Simon Cowell. She previously had success as the vocalist for DJ Alligator’s “Lollipop”.
Song by: Christoffer Lauridsen, Andreas Öhrn & Alessandra Günthardt
9. Jeanette Bonde — “Hurricane”
Jeanette is an experienced backing vocalist for numerous Danish stars, including Stine Bramsen and Aura Dione. She also performed the Danish vocals for Jessie J’s character in Ice Age 5.
Song by: Jeanette Bonde, Alexander Grandjean, Jeppe Pilgaard Ulrichsen & Nermin Harambasic
10. Johanna Beijbom — “A.S.A.P.”
Swedish singer Johanna has plenty of Eurovision experience. She has performed backing vocals on stage for Loreen, Olivia Lewis, Anti Social Media and many more. She also toured Sweden alongside Jessica Andersson in 2014 and 2015. The team behind her song “A.S.A.P.” has written hits for the likes of Kylie and One Direction.
Song by: Christian Fast, Peter Wallevik, Daniel Heløy Davidsen, Patrick Devine, Dimitri Stassos & Freja Jonsson Blomberg
There’s a bit of a wait until we hear the songs, unfortunately. DR have confirmed that they will only be released on 20 February, just under a week before the final.
The final of Dansk Melodi Grand Prix will be held in Jyske Bank Boxen Arena, Herning on 25 February. This year the show will be hosted by returning host Annette Heick and Lighthouse X singer Johannes Nymark.
What do you think of the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2017 finalists? Are you excited to see Anja back, or do you think Denmark will fall in to the boyband trap once again? Let us know in the comments section below!