In doing so, the broadcaster also confirmed the jury wildcard picks from the district-based semi-finals. They are Emil with “Ville ønske jeg havde kendt dig” and Jamie Talbot with “Bye Bye Heaven”.
Ben & Tan, Kenny Duerlund and Sander Sanchez had previously qualified via a public vote announced last week.
The remaining five finalists did not have to go through the preliminary round.
Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2020 – Grand finalists
You can also listen to the competing songs at the official Dansk Melodi Grand Prix website.
Ben & Tan – “Yes”
Ben & Tan are the first of the semi-finalists, having qualified from the District Group East. The two singers met last year while contestants on the Danish X Factor. The duo describe their folk-pop song “Yes” as “It is about being open to love and not rejecting it because it does not fit into your life plans and it may hurt.”
Benjamin Kissi – “Faith”
Benjamin Kissi has previously performed as part of the Electric Gypsies Are We Brothers but also has a solo career. His song “Faith” is a bold soul-pop jam with rock accents. Benjamin describes it as having “an old-school soul feel and is about believing in the best in people.”
Emil – “Ville ønske jeg havde kendt dig” (“Wish I had known you”)
Emil was a contestant in the semi-final and was awarded a wildcard entry to the grand final. His song’s co-writers include Tim Schou and Esben Svane — former members of Denmark’s Eurovision 2011 act A Friend in London. Emil says “the song is about my grandfather, whom I have never met, but got lots of stories about.”
Isam B – “Bølger” (“Waves”)
Isam Bachiri was originally part of the rap group Outlandish. He’s since gone solo in more of a folk-rock direction. Isam B was one of the songwriters behind Denmark’s Eurovision 2012 song “Should’ve Known Better”. He says “Bølger” is “a song about being proud of the person you are – regardless of color, culture, religion, sexuality, age.”
Jamie Talbot – “Bye Bye Heaven”
Jamie Talbot is the second act to received a jury wildcard from the semi-finals. He became known via his participation on the X Factor in 2018 where he placed second. Jamie describes his song as “straightforward pop” and says it’s about “love and how you sometimes have life planned, but you have to surrender to the temptation because you can’t help it.”
Jasmin Rose feat RoxorLoops – “Human”
Newcomer Jasmin Rose is joined by beatboxer RoxorLoops. He previously beatboxed with as part of Witloof Bay, who represented Belgium at Eurovision 2011. “Human” was co-written by “Only Teardrops and “Love is Forever” writer Lisa Cabble. Jasmine says “Human” looks at how people are “Losing touch with each other in an increasingly technological world.”
Kenny Duerlund – “Forget It All”
Kenny is the second qualifier from the semi-finals, representing the District Group South. He is an actor with a background in musical theatre. Regarding his song, Kenny says that “We all have something in our backpack that we have put on. Something that inhibits and restricts us. Sometimes you meet a person who makes you forget everything and reset it all, which can be very healthy.”
Maja & De Sarte Sjæle – “Den eneste goth i Vejle” (“The only goth in Vejle”)
Maja Rudolph and Timo Mastrup-Andersen make up the duo. Their song is a throwback to 1980s Manchester rock. The band says the song is “a divorce song from the children’s perspective”, adding that “we tend to forget about the children who get torn down their entire foundation when the parents break.”
Sander Sanchez – “Screens”
Newcomer Sander is the third act to qualify from the semi-finals, from the District Group North. His song examines living via screens rather than reality. He says his message is “Burst the bubble and look each other in the eyes. Do not live through the screen.”
Sys Bjerre – “Honestly”
Sys Bjerre is known for previous hit singles from the 2000s, “Malene” and “Alle mine veninder”. Her song DMGP 2020 song “Honestly is about climate change. For Sys, her song is about the message. She says, “It’s a song that means a lot to me and it comes straight from my heart. I don’t just want to entertain with my music. I want to make connections.”
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.
The final of Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2020 takes place on March 7 at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen. The show will air live from 7pm on DR.
The 2020 selection also saw the introduction of a preliminary round. Three district-based semi-finals were held with three acts in each semi. The winners of each heat were determined by online public votes from radio listeners, while two wildcards were chosen by an expert panel. The following acts did not progress beyond this stage:
- Nick Jones – “2AM”
- SamSara – “For You”
- Søren Okholm – “Impossible Dreamers”
- Mielou – “We Could Be So Beautiful”
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