Little over two weeks ago, they won Dansk Melodi Grand Prix in front of an empty audience. But now — after the cancellation of Eurovision 2020 — Denmark‘s Ben & Tan have revealed they are interested in taking another shot at Eurovision.
Danish broadcaster DR has not confirmed anything about the next edition of the national final. However, in a recent interview, Ben & Tan’s manager revealed that the duo would be interested in entering Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2021.
Will Ben & Tan return to Melodi Grand Prix 2021?
Speaking to Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet, Ben & Tan’s manager Anders Fredslund-Hansen confirmed that he has asked for the duo to be invited back.
He explained, “I have discussed it with Ben & Tan, and what I have called for on their behalf is that Ben & Tan will be invited to the Danish Melodi Grand Prix next year with a wildcard so that they can participate in the competition with a new song.”
Fredslund-Hansen also revealed that the duo understood why they couldn’t take “YES” back to Eurovision. “They also understand that it is not interesting for anyone in 2021 to hear a song that is one year old. But we really hope they can have a chance if DR runs the competition the same way this year.”
Earlier this month, Ben & Tan’s song song “YES” won the Danish selection by a landslide, earning 61% of the votes. However, with Eurovision 2020 cancelled and songs from 2020 unable to be held over for 2021, Ben & Tan no longer have a ticket to Eurovision.
While some broadcasters have invited back their internally selected acts, the situation for artists chosen with a national final is more complicated.
Estonian broadcaster ERR has already invited back its 2020 act Uku Suviste to compete in Eesti Laul 2021. He has been guaranteed a place in the show’s semi-finals with whatever new song he enters.
Ekstra Bladet notes that DR has not yet decided what Melodi Grand Prix will look like next year, including the next roster of participants.
Denmark in the Eurovision Song Contest
While the Danish broadcaster has not confirmed anything about their 2021 selection, it seems very likely that they will stick with a national final. Since Denmark’s debut in 1957, they have never selected a song internally. They are one of only five countries — alongside Estonia, Finland, Latvia, and Romania — to hold this record.
Denmark most recently competed at Eurovision 2019. There, Leonora performed “Love Is Forever”, which placed 12th in the grand final.
Should DR “say yes” and give Ben & Tan a place in DMGP 2021? Or should the broadcaster break tradition and internally select the duo? Sound off in the comments below!