DMGP Dansk melodi Grand Prix 2020

Nine songs, only three qualifiers: Denmark’s broadcaster DR has unveiled the nine entries selected to face the pre-qualifying round for Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2020.

These nine singers will compete for a spot in the 50th edition of Denmark’s national final, which is set for March 7, along with other seven songs selected by the broadcaster. And as DR will use an orchestra for the DMGP final, the prize for the three winners is even bigger!

The finalists will be picked by the Danish public via DR’s P4 radio network. From the submitted entries, DR representatives have selected nine songs to face the public vote. They are all available to listen on Spotify.

Alternatively, you can stream the nine entries on DR’s website.

Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2020: Semifinale entries

The competing entries are listed below. The nine songs are divided across different districts. One will qualify from each area.

District Group South

  • Jamie Talbot – “Bye Bye Heaven”
  • Kenny Duerlund – “Forget It All”
  • Nick Jones – “2AM”

District Group East

  • SamSara – “For You”
  • BEN & TAN – “YES”
  • Søren Okholm – “Impossible Dreamers”

District Group North

  • Emil – “Ville ønske jeg havde kendt dig”
  • Mielou – “We Could Be So Beautiful”
  • Sander Sanchez – “SCREENS”

Maybe none of these names ring any bells as they are all newbies to DMGP. However, some will be familiar to Danish audiences: Jamie Talbot, for instance, is the runner up of the 2018 edition of X Factor.

How will Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2020 work?

For the 50th edition, the final show will return to Copenhagen for the first time since 2008. It will be hosted by actress Hella Joof and actor Rasmus Bjerg. As per previous years, a total of ten acts will compete in the grand final.

In the time leading up to the vote, the radio network will focus on songwriting and DMGP themes and will play the nine songs along with the seven prequalified songs.

Listeners will have the opportunity to vote for their favourites of the nine songs facing the public vote, with the top three getting a place in the DMGP grand final on 7 March.

DMGP 2020: How to vote in the semi-finals

While they won’t be broadcast on TV, these pre-qualifying rounds are being referred to as semi-finals by DR.

Danes can only vote for songs from the district in which they live.

There will be a link to vote on the dr.dk homepage and on dr.dk/grandprix. Fans can vote once a day.

Voting will stay open until Friday 24 January at 12:00 CET. The winners will be revealed on the same day.

Which one of the prequalifying entries will make the final? Who is your favourite? Are you excited for the remaining seven songs? Tell us in the comment section below!

Read more Denmark Eurovision 2020 news here!

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Nikko
Nikko
9 months ago

And Denmark is doing it again: they selected only bland, generic pop songs. I can clearly imagine some elderly people have to listen to all submissions and whenever there is a unique, experimental or innovative song which would be liked by all fans, they’re like: “Nah, this is weird. Next!” I can only imagine how many nice songs we have lost just because the selection committee is too old-fashioned. BTW, who is even responsible for selecting the national final songs from all submissions? Is it the delegation, the broadcaster, or some random people working for the TV channel? Need some… Read more »

EmilEskilsson
EmilEskilsson
9 months ago

I really hope they change stage design for this year since they are in Copenhagen with a extravagant arena.
Melodi Grand Prix used to have the best stages especially from 2011-2013. But nowadays they go with the same stage design and haven’t changed since 2016 (Only the flooring.) Danes are fantastic with design so let’s do this!

Jesper
Jesper
9 months ago

Hey wiwi! Correction. The public will choose three entries from the lot of nine. A DR P4 jury will choose 2 wildcards from the six that didnt make it who will join 5 entries chosen by DR on beforehand.

VictorHel
VictorHel
9 months ago

Out of the 9 songs so far only “Yes” sort of had me going… So im happy it is up for election in my region. But once again i hear alot of boring generic bland songs. To me its so clear that DR is terrified to send a decent current track in fear of actually winning, since the broadcuster had to cut their total budget with 25 % over the coming years, and Wonderful Copenhagen is still paying of the debt from Eurovision 2014.
Hopefully the remain 5 songs to come, sticks out a bit more…

Edouard
Edouard
9 months ago

I’ll be honest, I’m the first to criticise Denmark’s generic, disappointing and uninspiring selection of songs year after year after year. But let’s be real, this is a definite and major step up from what they’ve offered us in the past. Although these entries are still not very daring/different genre-wise, the standard of the song selection here is a lot closer to the quality of a strong contemporary radio playlist rather than the usual DMGP fare, where all the songs will sound very ‘manufactured-for-ESC’ which they typically are. Overall, these songs sound like more polished pop songs with greater originality… Read more »

Rasmus
Rasmus
9 months ago
Reply to  Edouard

if you google generic its: song that have been heard over and over again. havent all songs been that in all selections? So the generic thing i dont agree with at all. Why is balkan songs less generic then the nordics? we have heard all 1000 times.

Edouard
Edouard
9 months ago
Reply to  Rasmus

Again I said this previously, I re-iterate it now: personally, I am not afraid to use the term generic to describe a Balkan song if it does indeed sound like a stale example of this genre of song, and I’ve seen it being done by others too. And I don’t know what your obsession with people calling only Scandinavian songs generic – the term is used frequently to describe entries from a variety of countries from all over Europe.

Ben ESC
Ben ESC
9 months ago

I like Yes, but I think it loses a lot of momentum towards the bridge but it’s still a decent song. The others aren’t great but there are meant to be another what 5 or 7 songs so there’s still hope!

Sabrina
Sabrina
9 months ago
Reply to  Ben ESC

I liked “Yes” also. It’s cute, fluffy and folksy. Right up Denmark’s alley concerning Eurovision.

noone
noone
9 months ago

South: Kenny
East: SamSara
North: didn’t like anyone, but I guess Sander

Katariina
Katariina
9 months ago

SamSara is the best. I would think the winner will be one of the prequalified acts, but I wouldn’t mind “For You” even going to Rotterdam. The only one that interested me.

Fred
Fred
9 months ago

There are som mistakes to this article. On Friday it will be annouced who the winners of each group are. Then two wildcards will be given to the remaining acts. The wildcards will be annouced along with the 5 (not 7 as originally annouced) already qualified songs.

Personally Yes and Forget It All are my favourties 🙂

Fred
Fred
9 months ago
Reply to  Fred

Wildcards and already qualified acts will be annouced (and released) on the 31st of Jan 🙂

Rasmus
Rasmus
9 months ago

I have googled generic: Its a song that have been used over and over again. So ALL songs in ESC is generic then. Can we end whats generic now? Everything are so.

Michael
Michael
9 months ago

The song “We Could Be So Beautiful” is so good! + “For You” and “YES” – unique and special all 3

(UK)ame 2020
(UK)ame 2020
9 months ago

When I think of Denmark at Eurovision, I think bland, generic and uninspiring songs! This year, that clearly hasn’t changed in their selection!

Michael
Michael
9 months ago
Reply to  (UK)ame 2020

I will quiet disagree with you. This year I think Denmark have many good songs that actually sound different (compared to the last years). Music is not fireworks, music is feeling and Denmark nailed this year!

Milan
Milan
9 months ago
Reply to  (UK)ame 2020

They are literally all 6/10 in my book. It cannot be a good thing if I’m completely indifferent to which one(s) will pass.

Michael
Michael
9 months ago
Reply to  Milan

Its all about taste. I like the simple but effective pop from scandinavia and if you dont listen to it you will find it all sound the same – like what i do with balkan entries time to time (no offence ;))

Milan
Milan
9 months ago
Reply to  Michael

Of course there’s no offence, and you have a point there – although I can appreciate simple and effective pop, I just find this particular selection lacking in anything that stands out.

Rasmus
Rasmus
9 months ago
Reply to  (UK)ame 2020

when i think about UK 2019 i think one word: Double-generic

Rasmus
Rasmus
9 months ago

how can everything in Norway, denmark , iceland be generic to you ? and not screaming albanian women and serbian balkan pop? i have heard the albanian and serbian songs like that 5000 times so whats the difference? tell me? its all generic to me in that case

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
9 months ago
Reply to  Rasmus

please calm down Rasmus. I am sure that I am not the only one that is kind of over your negative attitude and constant belief that Scandinavia is superior to everything else.

Rasmus
Rasmus
9 months ago
Reply to  Ashton Schier

see you cant even answer that and you know why? you dont know what generic even means. You think it means scandinavia haha and that shows that you dont know what you are talking about. ps your attiude sucks

Whisker
Whisker
9 months ago
Reply to  Rasmus

Albania have their “formula” IMO. I would like to see some variety in their selection just to see what they came up with. No judgement tho because I DO enjoy their entries most of the times, including this year.

Milla
Milla
9 months ago
Reply to  Rasmus

It depends on who’s listening and where you’re from is my guess. I understand your argument.

Simon
Simon
9 months ago

Probably biased, since I know 2 of the singers. But “Forget it all”, “Screens” and “Yes” are my favourites to go through to the final from each of the 3 districts.

Muharrem
Muharrem
9 months ago

Forget it all deserving to win

Milan
Milan
9 months ago
Reply to  Muharrem

I’d rather “Forget it all” 🙂

Whisker
Whisker
9 months ago

When do they release the pre-selected entries?
From the pre-qualifying round I like “Forget it all” ,”We can be so beautiful” and “Screens”. I wasn’t able to listen to “2AM” and “For you”.

Muharrem
Muharrem
9 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

And also i like to yes

Jazzer
Jazzer
9 months ago
Reply to  Muharrem

Maybe on friday, or some time after, since the semifinal ends that day

Fred
Fred
9 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

On the 31st of Jan 🙂 Along with the two wildcards being annouced 🙂

Whisker
Whisker
9 months ago
Reply to  Fred

Super! Thanks!

EurofanNL
EurofanNL
9 months ago

All generic pop songs. Hope the 7 pre-qualified are better.

Polegend Godgarina
9 months ago
Reply to  EurofanNL

when is dmgp ever NOT generic that’s the question

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
9 months ago

where’s the lie tho

Kris
Kris
9 months ago

I remember in 2018 , I was listening to the songs and got so confused cause 8 of the songs really melded into one

Rasmus
Rasmus
9 months ago
Reply to  EurofanNL

so screaming balkan women to you and eastern european saxophones songs are NOT generic to you? haha okey. i have heard them to 5000 times so then everythings generic. right?

Ben ESC
Ben ESC
9 months ago
Reply to  Rasmus

Look mate, I think your not making the right point. Just because a song is generic doesn’t mean it’s bad, just look at any countries top 40 and you’ll find plenty of generic songs. As for the Eastern European songs, I understand a country like Albania often send very similar styles of music every year, but they aren’t generic in the sense of pop music, and often they’re the only song of their genre at eurovision that year

Carlos
Carlos
9 months ago

Really dissapointed with this selection. Yawn!

Muharrem
Muharrem
9 months ago
Reply to  Carlos

Almost all song better than love is forever c’mon

Harlow
Harlow
9 months ago

It’s funny everyone complain they can’t hear the Australian songs but now they understand how frustrating it is for us Hahahaha

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
9 months ago
Reply to  Harlow

Some kind soul got them up onto youtube pretty fast. Don’t know if they’ll stay up (Denmark’s pretty anal about this stuff).

Polegend Godgarina
9 months ago
Reply to  Harlow

imagine country restricting songs on spotify in 2020… a literal joke

emeej
emeej
9 months ago

Guess I have to wait for Youtube uploads as I cant listen to them on Spotify..

Whisker
Whisker
9 months ago
Reply to  emeej

You can find them on YT already.