Soon after Rasmussen placed ninth in Lisbon with “Higher Ground”, Danish broadcaster DR was already focusing on the approach for 2019. Now the broadcaster has launched submissions for the next edition of Dansk Melodi Grand Prix.
Since July last year, the DMGP submission period has been permanently open, meaning that interested artists don’t have to wait until a certain time of year to submit their entry. However, a deadline has been set for the 2019 edition of the national final. Entries must be received by Wednesday 26 September in order to be in the running for the Eurovision 2019 selection.
The broadcaster has published the rules, which confirm that at least one person involved with an entry — either a singer or songwriter — must be a Danish citizen or have a strong connection to Denmark, such as living there long-term.
The standard Eurovision rules apply, and DMGP has no language restrictions. Since the Eurovision national language rule was lifted in 1999, Denmark has always sent English-language songs to Eurovision. However, Danish-language entries regularly appear in DMGP.
DR’s entertainment manager Jan Lagermand Lundme says DMGP is looking for “high-quality songs” and says Denmark needs to stand out at Eurovision.
As with DMGP 2018, contribution producer Mads Enggaard will oversee the selection of the ten finalists. His role is to ensure the songs each have a unique character and that the staging works in harmony with the song and artist. It’s a formula that paid off with Rasmussen’s Viking epic performance of “Higher Ground”.
Denmark at the Eurovision Song Contest
Denmark last won Eurovision in 2013, when a barefoot Emmelie de Forest beguiled Europe with “Only Teardrops”. Since then, the Nordic nation’s fortunes have varied at Eurovision.
In 2014, Basim placed ninth with “Cliché Love Song”, but the following years, boyband Anti Social Media and man band Lighthouse X both failed to make the grand final.
Things picked up in 2017, when The Voice Australia winner Anja Nissen represented the country of her parents with “Where I Am”. She placed 20th in the grand final.
Earlier this year, Rasmussen and his bearded band of Norsemen delivered a surprise top-ten placing, with the televote favourite “Higher Ground”.
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