It’s the Nordic nation who has struggled at Eurovision in recent years, but is well on the way to organising its 2018 national final. Denmark‘s broadcaster DR has confirmed that the grand final of Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2018 will be held in the northern town of Aalborg, at the splendidly named Gigantium.
The Gigantium has a 8,500-person capacity and has hosted DMGP six times before, including 2006, 2010, 2012 and 2015. The best result from recent years was 2010, when Chanée & N’evergreen’s song “In a Moment Like This” placed fourth. This was the start of the Danish renaissance, which led to Emmelie de Forest’s win in 2013.
Aalborg was also one of the countries vying to host Eurovision in 2014, however it withdrew from the running as it did not have enough hotels to accomodate the event.
Annette Heick and Johannes Nymark are back
The hosts of Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2018 have also been confirmed. Annette Heick and former Lighthouse X front man Johannes Nymark will return to their presenting roles.
Annette has been hosting DGMP since 2016, while Johannes made his debut earlier this year.
In a video on social media, Johannes promised that the pair would do “something that is at least just as awesome” as their popular medley from DGMP 2017.
Annette promised that she’d put on her tap shoes and had “begun training with golden hot pants at home.” We can’t wait to see the fruits of their labours!
DMGP changes for 2018
DR is serious about improving their fortune at Eurovision and are making some changes for 2018. Last month, DR’s Head of Entertainment, Jan Lagermand Lundme revealed that the broadcaster would now be accepting song submissions all year long.
Former producer the Cutfather has left and has been replaced with Mads Enggaard, who will take on the position of DMGP Contributions Producer.
He has spoken of the importance of looking at the whole package — the combination of songs, artists and presentation.
While Denmark won Eurovision 2013, their fortunes in subsequent years haven’t been as strong. Anti Social Media and Lighthouse X both failed to qualify in 2015 and 2016 respectively. Earlier this year, Danish-Australian diva Anja Nissen made it to the grand final with her power anthem “Where I Am”, however that only placed 20th.
DR will be hoping that their revamped Dansk Melodi Grand Prix ensures the perfect act is selected on February 10 at the Gigantium early next year.
What do you think? Can the improved DGMP get Denmark back in to the Eurovision top ten? What would you like Johannes and Annette do at the grand final? Sound off below!