We already know around half of the Eurovision 2021 artists. But we’ll have to wait until March 6 to find out who will sing for Denmark in Rotterdam.
On that night Danish viewers will choose between eight finalists during the final of Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2021. That’s down from the traditional 10 acts that DMGP has invited each year for the past two decades.
Among the other changes? This year’s show will be filmed in a TV studio at the headquarters of the Danish broadcaster DR. That hasn’t been done since 1999 (when the country only invited five acts to the final).
Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2021 will have 8 finalists
Songwriters will have until November 20 to submit their entries. You can read the full rules on the DR Grand Prix web site. In order to submit, either the composer, lyricist or the artist must be a citizen or resident of Denmark, or be married to a Dane. Citizens of the Faroe Islands and Greenland are also allowed to compete.
The move to a smaller facility likely reflects ongoing concerns regarding the Covid-19 pandemic. As you’ll recall, Denmark’s 2020 national final was the only one across Europe and Australia that did not feature an audience.
Following advice from the Danish government, the broadcaster had to cancel its audience just one day before the final. That meant the ten finalists had to perform inside an empty Royal Arena in Copenhagen.
At the time, DR spokesperson Gustav Lützhøft said: “We obviously had a dream of thousands of people in the auditorium as it gives a special atmosphere for such a show, but we are still going to make a big TV production, which we can gather about at home in the living rooms.”
Ben & Tan won the right to represent Denmark at Eurovision 2020. However, in April DR confirmed that the duo would not get an automatic spot in next year’s national final
Despite initially confirming interest in participating in Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2021, Ben & Tan later revealed that they will not be putting themselves forward for the contest again in 2021.
Speaking to DR, Tanne ‘Tan’ Balcells said that she and Ben would like to leave on a high after winning DMGP 2020, rather than returning next year and potentially losing out:
“I feel we would take the place from some others. After all, we have tried to be part of the show. It must be someone else’s turn next year. That is most fair.”
“And you can run the risk of going again and then losing, and that’s what people remember. So we would rather leave with a victory and then focus on our music.”
Who do you want to see compete in Denmark? Do you hope that the TV studio will have a small audience if Covid rules permit? Let us know down below!