Denmark’s national final — Dansk Melodi Grand Prix — is set to return on Saturday 6 March. The show will see eight acts battle it out to earn the right to represent Denmark at Eurovision 2021. And now, it’s almost time to hear their tracks. The eight songs competing in DMGP 2021 will be released on Wednesday 10 February.
Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2021 songs to be released on Wednesday 10 February
The eight songs competing to be Denmark’s next Eurovision entry are coming on Wednesday 10 February. Fans can be among the first to hear the tracks as they are played for the first time on Danish radio. P3 Buffeten, Formiddag på 4’eren and P4 Play will play the songs one by one. At 14:00 CET, all songs and artists will be made available on DR.DK and the DMGP app.
Danish broadcaster DR has also announced that DMGP 2021 will be hosted by Tina Müller and Martin Brygmann. Tina Müller is best known in Denmark as a sports journalist and presenter. Meanwhile, Martin Brygmann is known as an actor, presenter and musician. In 2005, Brygmann co-wrote Sweethearts’ DMGP entry “I Must Be Crazy”. He has also previously appeared at DMGP as a member of the professional jury.
In other news, the popular live orchestra is returning. DR’s 15-person orchestra led by conductor Peter Düring will provide accompaniment for all eight acts as they perform on stage.
Last year’s Dansk Melodi Grand Prix went a little different than originally planned. In line with social distancing restrictions, access to Copenhagen’s Royal Arena was restricted. The DMGP 2020 final went ahead with no live audience. And instead of the lively atmosphere and bustling crowds fans are used to, images of an empty arena rolled across our screens.
In response to ongoing concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, DR are downsizing the annual event, in line with local restrictions. A total of eight artists will compete in Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2021 — that’s down two from the ten acts that DMGP traditionally invite. Additionally, the show will be broadcast live from a TV studio at DR headquarters. Once again, there will be no live audience.
Sadly, Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2020 champions Ben & Tan will not return to the competition in 2021. The “Yes” singers suggested they would prefer to leave the competition on a high, rather than return and potentially disappoint.
“I feel we would take the place from some others,” says Tan. “After all, we have tried to be part of the show. It must be someone else’s trip next year. That is most fair. You can run the risk of going again and then losing, and that’s what people remember,” she continues. “So we would rather leave with a victory and then focus on our music.”
The final of Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2021 airs on Saturday 6 March 2020 at 8 PM CET.
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