It’s the last Nordic national final to confirm its format for the 2020 season. But now Denmark’s national broadcaster DR has released details of Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2020 — and this time the public gets to choose three of the ten competing acts.
The broadcaster today confirmed details of the new format for 2020. As per previous years, a total of ten acts will again compete in the grand final of Dansk Melodi Grand Prix. But unlike in previous years, when all ten acts were selected by DR, this year the broadcaster will only select seven.
The remaining three competing acts will be chosen by the Danish public via DR’s P4 radio network. Of the submitted entries, DR representatives will select nine songs to face the public vote.
In January, the radio network will focus on songwriting and DMGP themes and will play the nine songs. Listeners will have the opportunity to vote for their favourites, with the top three getting a place in the DMGP grand final on 7 March.
In order to keep things fair, the seven confirmed finalist songs will also be released in January. This means the Danish public will have three months to get to know all the songs.
DR’s Head of Radio Gustav Lützhøft says it’s a way of getting the public prepared for the national final: “In this way we hope that we can create an even bigger party when it is time for the show itself.”
Denmark joins other countries who use radio to help with their selection process. Sweden’s Melodifestivalen gives one place to an act from the P4 Nästa song competition; Finland’s broadcast YLE is teaming up with youth radio network YleX to select its acts for UMK 2020, and Ireland’s broadcaster RTÉ is teaming up with RTÉ 2FM to select its act.
The focus of Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2020 will be “musical breadth”, and DR is determined to celebrate the variety of Danish popular music.
The broadcaster gives three examples of Danish hits from recent years: Lukas Graham’s emotional soul-pop song “7 Years”, Volbeat’s bilingual uplifting rock anthem “For evigt”, and Medina’s edgy electro-pop number “Kun for mig”.
DR notes that musical breadth will be given special attention, strongly suggesting that DR isn’t looking for ten identical “Eurovision songs”.
Gustav Lützhøft explains, “The songs in Dansk Melodi Grand Prix are intended to be even more varied than before so that more people can see their musical interest reflected in the show.”
Entries for Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2020 are open now and close in just under one month, on 1 November 2019. The grand final is due to take place at Royal Arena in Copenhagen on 7 March 2020.
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