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 time to hear their songs.

The competing artists and songs for Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2021 were first revealed throughout the morning on Danish radio shows P3 BuffetenFormiddag på 4’eren and P4 Play.

At 14:00 CET, all the songs were then made publicly available on the website of Danish broadcaster DR in addition to the DMGP app. They’ll be on streaming services as of 15:00 CET.

Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2021: Competing artists and songs

Nanna Olivia – “Hvileløse Hjerter” (Restless Hearts)

Songwriters: Anna David, Nicolai Levring and Casper Sørensen

Jean Michel – “Beautiful”

Songwriters: Clara Sofie Fabricius, Johannes Nymark, Jesper Hjersing Sidelmann and Andreas Jensen

Fyr & Flamme – “Øve os på hinanden” (Practice on each other)

Songwriters: Laurits Emanuel

Chief 1 and Thomas Buttenschøn – “Højt over skyerne” (High above the clouds)

Songwriters: Chief 1, Thomas Buttenschøn and Nermin Harambasic

The Cosmic Twins – “Silver Bullet”

Songwriters: Lise Cabble, Gisli Gislason, Rasmus Duelund and August Emil

Claudia Campagnol – “Abracadabra”

Songwriters: Melanie Wehbe, Emil Adler Lei and Louis Jarto

Mike Tramp – “Everything is alright”

Songwirters: Mike Tramp

Mike Tramp may be the most notable name amongst the line-up for Eurovision fans. He previously represented Denmark at Eurovision 1978 as part of the group Mabel. They performed the song “Boom Boom”, finishing 16th.

Emma Nicoline – “Står lige her” (Standing right here)

Songwriters: Jeppe Pilgaard, Jacob Jørgensen, Emma Nicoline Winther Nielsen, Adam Kalwa and Patricia Namakula Mbabazi

 

DMGP 2021

Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2021 will be broadcast on Saturday 6 March at 20:00 CET.

The show 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.

The popular live orchestra is also set to return. DR’s 15-person orchestra, led by conductor Peter Düring, will provide accompaniment for all eight acts as they perform on stage.

Who are you rooting for in Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2021? Which song stood out to you on first listen? Let us know in the comments below!

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Hellooooo
Hellooooo
1 month ago

Emma and Jean Michel

GiornoGiovanna
GiornoGiovanna
1 month ago
Reply to  Hellooooo

Agreed, I personally prefer Jean Michel’s song.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
2 months ago

I see potential in three of four of these entries. They are not as poor as most commenters here think they are; some have the potential to reach the listener. Denmark’s entries have had a particular way of doing that over the years; it’s no different this year, really.

Michael
Michael
2 months ago

Every year, folks predicts that Denmark will not make it to the final, that the songs are boring and generic etc. But the truth is Denmark has qualified for the final 12 of 16 times since 2004 and scored some pretty good results (and 1 win). People seems to like safe and radio friendly songs. This year is not any way different 😉

Leendert Jan
Leendert Jan
2 months ago

I kinda liked the first song by Nanna Olivia and thought “well there will probably be a still better song coming up”… alas, it was not to be. An overload of throwback 80’s pop, and all songs are completely predictable. I see that many people like The Cosmic Twins, but I can see literally every single note or twist in that song coming from miles ahead. Chief 1 is sort of fun but not terribly special either. Abacadabra is a nice song, but the title is really terrible. Sorry Denmark, I don’t think this is a good final.

Last edited 2 months ago by Leendert Jan
Milan
Milan
2 months ago

What bothers me about most Danish selections is that all songs stick to their types 100%, and are predictable from their first 15 seconds (or less). The only dilemma is whether I find it possible to listen to the entire song. Here I find only 1 song that I wish to listen to again (Chief 1 and Thomas Buttenschøn).

Rebekka DL Jensen
Rebekka DL Jensen
2 months ago

Don’t know how many realised this but it was said on the radio yesterday that there will be no jury for the Danish final this year.

GiornoGiovanna
GiornoGiovanna
2 months ago

I see a lot of people saying that either The Cosmic Twins or Emma Nicoline will win MGP, but I think Jean Michel’s song is more the style of Danish people.

Bamborough
Bamborough
2 months ago

Very disappointing this year. 🙁 Ig silver bullet is the best but will borderline nq or not even q at all.

Last edited 2 months ago by Bamborough
Bamborough
Bamborough
2 months ago
Reply to  Bamborough

Denmark should have stayed with Ben & Tan

MRK
MRK
1 month ago
Reply to  Bamborough

Its pretty much a scandale that they arent a part of this line up..
They submitted a song for DMGP
and please go listen to it and watch how hopeless DR are in choosing songs.. They obviously dont care about DMGP and eurovision.. They just pick out dated and meh songs so they keep the show running but without going anywhere.. We need TV2 to take over.. Search “Ben and Tan afvist” on youtube at the end they play the song that did not make it.. Unbeliveable and sad.. Seriously DR need to go!

Colin
Colin
2 months ago

If anyone speaks Danish, can you please give us a clue on what Emma and Nanna are singing about? Their lyrics still remain unreleased and I’d definitely prefer having at least some core meaning before ranking anything. Thank you very much in advance. 🙂

Msig
Msig
2 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Emma Nicoline wrote her song for a close friend, who needed help in a difficult situation, but wasn’t ready to accept it. Here’s a translation of the chorus lyrics: I’m standing right here You have a look around Your help is near But you don’t see a thing I’m standing right here Tell me what’s going on Tell them who you are Cause I’m right here Nanna Olivia‘s chorus speaks for itself in terms of what the song is about, so here’s a translation: You have tried to let go And you have tried to forget But you just can’t… Read more »

Colin
Colin
2 months ago
Reply to  Msig

Thank you very much. 🙂

Martin Pedersen
Martin Pedersen
2 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Emma sings about supporting one another when times are tough. Her song is dedicated to a friend whose issues overshadowed the help that Emma offered. About the song, Emma says: “Sometimes problems become so consuming that you don’t notice that there are people trying to help you.”

Nanna’s song is about getting over a heartbreak and reconciling with a love affair that did not turn out as one thought it would. She says that the song is a “pep talk”. ?

Colin
Colin
2 months ago

Thank you very much. 🙂

Sniper K-Wolf
Sniper K-Wolf
2 months ago

Better selection since a while. Leonora was my favorite for 2019 like Rasmussen for 2018. I love scandinavian language to ESC, and I dream of a new song in Danish since so much time. Only problem the jury. In 2019 the juries from Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Iceland have destroyed their respective songs in native languages. Denmark 2019 (Swedish jury 0 point – Swedish televoting 7 points / Icelandic jury 0 point – icelandic televoting 4 points / Norwegian jury 4 points / norwegian televoting 5 points) Iceland 2019 (Danish jury 0 point – Danish televoting 4 points / Swedish… Read more »

Last edited 2 months ago by Sniper K-Wolf
Rebekka DL Jensen
Rebekka DL Jensen
2 months ago
Reply to  Sniper K-Wolf

They said on the radio yesterday that there will be no jury for the Danish selection. It will be 100 percent televotes.

Sniper K-Wolf
Sniper K-Wolf
2 months ago

Thank you I hope that the televoting will choose a danish song. But I talked about the jury from Eurovision not from DMGP.

Last edited 2 months ago by Sniper K-Wolf
Rebekka DL Jensen
Rebekka DL Jensen
2 months ago
Reply to  Sniper K-Wolf

Oh, gotcha 🙂

MRK
MRK
1 month ago
Reply to  Sniper K-Wolf

The problem is that they might very well have a translated version ready and aint clear rather it will be or wont be translated to danish.. Thats why the danish viewers aint voting for them.. Dont know if its a rule from DR that a winner should be translated to english for the eurovision so that might be the case here aswell so if you guys want it to win so you get a song in danish then you might get disappointed But thats why i think DMGP lack in winners or just songs in danish finishing high.. Wont risk… Read more »

Moonstar
Moonstar
2 months ago

Nice bunch of songs. With these I believe the winner will definitely be chosen according to the strength and charisma of its live performance. On a first listen, “Øve os på hinanden” appealed the most to me. Well done DR for selecting 4 songs in Danish, it was a pleasure listening to all of them! 🙂

Marc
Marc
2 months ago

Abracadabra is the one that I keep remembering. I think as a ballad it will be memorable and stand out against other ballads. There is a uniqueness to it. Staging could really elevate it further. There is also potential for slight tweaks in a revamp to make this special.

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
2 months ago
Reply to  Marc

Agreed and it’s very theatrical!

hebbuzz
hebbuzz
2 months ago

Abracadabra stands out for me as the best. Star lig her, ive is panhinanden and sikver bullet are ok. Usually I dislike the danish preselection as most songs are very genetic and the singer quite nasal, but must adnit this year is better than other editions. Still a lot of bendered computer composed kinda music but it seems the algoritms found a way to please me more.

Jean-Paul
Jean-Paul
2 months ago

I totally adore “Abracadabra” and “Silver Bullet”. Go Denmark!

Nobody
Nobody
2 months ago

I will be rooting for either The Cosmic Twins or Mike Tramp, but I have to admit that none of the 8 songs stood out to me..

poe-tay-toe-chips
poe-tay-toe-chips
2 months ago

I can’t be polite. All these songs suck badly.

Silver Bullet is their best shot but Denmark still probably isn’t going to qualify. Not even that one is a particularly good one.

Oy oy
Oy oy
2 months ago

Silver Billet is by far the best song!

Andi
Andi
2 months ago
Reply to  Oy oy

Maybe… if it would be sung by another person, lol. Their voices are just horrible.

OpenUpToKazakhstan
OpenUpToKazakhstan
2 months ago

Fyr Og Flamme- Øve Os På Hinanden, I have all the time for this, such a mood.

Last edited 2 months ago by OpenUpToKazakhstan
LaVoixCZ
2 months ago

I miss some Aud Wilken or “Den eneste goth i Vejle” styled stuff but still, a pretty good selection that could come alive with the live performances.
Maybe Står lige her, maybe Øve os på hinanden, Silver Bullet, maybe Abracadabra can come alive, but I am also curious about Højt over skyerne, maybe even Hvileløse Hjerter.
It would be also nice to have a song in Danish language after some 21 English entries (no Danish since 1997, c’mon!)

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
2 months ago

Denmark always get Eurovision results that their bad, bad songs don’t deserve. They’ll probably qualify with one of these because, you know, Denmark.
Even when they have good songs, they end up not picking them…not that there’s anything particularly great in this selection.

wait what?
wait what?
2 months ago

Står lige her IS SUCH.A.BOP. I’m vibing to itt
Underrated af

Andi
Andi
2 months ago
Reply to  wait what?

Agree

#Parmille
#Parmille
2 months ago

Well that’s one country we know we won’t be traveling to next year. It’s a shame, Ben & Tan were quite alright!

bunga seroja
2 months ago

I would love to have Højt over skyerne in Eurovision 2021 CD

Jesper
Jesper
2 months ago

Står lige her is the best!

Last edited 2 months ago by Jesper
Musimak
Musimak
2 months ago

not as enthousiastic as i was last year, a lot of joke entries from the 80s or lost from Nashville, but I absolutely FELL IN LOVE ? with abracadabra (claudia campagnol). And Nanna Olivia is really good too. And in Danish. Those two really save the selection.

Dalth
Dalth
2 months ago

Ok so Cophenhagen 2022 ain’t happening but hopefully something will come alive and jump out on the stage. Why do the Danes play it so safe I mean the Norwegians and the Finns dont always send masterpieces but at least they mix it up with different genre’s and sounds.These days you kind of know what Denmark is bringing long before they release their songs.

Last edited 2 months ago by Dalth
AM2PM
AM2PM
2 months ago

Denmark is the Donald Trump of Eurovision, no matter what they do, they’ll always get millions of votes.

Meh
Meh
2 months ago
Reply to  AM2PM

No, that’s Sweden. Sweden is the Joe Biden of Eurovision

Kam
Kam
2 months ago

The selection is rough. The only song I mildly enjoyed was Hvileløse hjerter

Linus
Linus
2 months ago

Oh dear… Denmark is the most generic country in ESC….. Sad. Why you dont take ANY risks? I mean ONE risk song i would be happy with.

Yannis
Yannis
2 months ago
Reply to  Linus

They are very generic but surprisingly in the last 1o contests they had 6 top10 finishes, where 3 where in top5. I’m really surprised that they manage pretty well with entries that don’t really stand out

Linus
Linus
2 months ago
Reply to  Yannis

Actually songs like Denmark 2010 and 2011 for example had great melodys. These are just worse.

Musimak
Musimak
2 months ago
Reply to  Linus

? lol : oh god. Guess you’re not french. Expressed pretty much the same feeling about our selection and you should have just read the charming And respectful bashing that followed ?

willchrisiam
willchrisiam
2 months ago

so much (generic) cheese

Whisker
Whisker
2 months ago
Reply to  willchrisiam

Delicious cheese!

Daniel
Daniel
2 months ago

“Silver Bullet” or “Beautiful”, there are simply no other choices. The rest are average to distastrous (even for the low quality standards Denmark has put into DMGP since 2014, “Højt over skyerne” ranks among the most horrible songs I’ve ever listened to in a national final)

ArveprinsKnud
ArveprinsKnud
2 months ago

I agree this is a weaker Danish final, but the problem isn’t that the songs are bad, they’re just mediocre All of Them. The cut from 10 to 8 also Hurts egen there aren’t Better songs. But to be positive as a Dane, I think that especially Fyr og Flamme has a chance, especially if they come Up with and English version for the ESC. Never underestimate the need for nostalgia in ESC. That being said, I don’t quite get the very negative comments from especially foreign fans. I mean, Denmark isn’t Sweden, but we still have a pretty good… Read more »

Sebastián
Sebastián
2 months ago

I’m impressed there are so much songs in danish, but I can imagine that all ones are ‘meh’, like every danish song in the festival: simple, talking about pretty things and with some drops of cheesiness

Pasadena
Pasadena
2 months ago

Øve os på hinanden sounds like the Danish entry from 1985 I somehow had never heard before. I love it! 🙂

Yannis
Yannis
2 months ago
Reply to  Pasadena

I think probably someone wrote it back then and forgot it to sent it at the time

ArveprinsKnud
ArveprinsKnud
2 months ago
Reply to  Yannis

The songwriter was born in 1987 though.

Erik
Erik
2 months ago

Wow! After hearing Højt over skyerne I don’t care it’s a competition anymore. Will
Most probably be playing this as a mood booster this summer. I can see them touring with their other future songs here in Sweden on the big stages. And I can’t care for any other song here after I’ve heard this song. They are really fun and entertaining. It’s catchy and comical in the same breath. Love it!

Heartbeater
Heartbeater
2 months ago

I like Emma’s song and if it wins then we will have a full song in Danish for the 1st time since the language rule was implemented so I’m excited

sangfreudx
sangfreudx
2 months ago

These are easygoing, likeable, uplifting, polished – very much Denmark doing what they do. I’m a little surprised at the number of negative comments. After the past year, I think there will be more of a hunger for “nice” songs than usual. I can see “Beautiful” and “Hojt over skyerne” doing really well if staged in a sincere, inviting way. With just a little bit of tasty cheese on top. These aren’t winners, but they’re solid.

Victor
Victor
2 months ago

I love the broadcaster always highlight Chief 1, because he has won DMGP 3 times as a songwriter… its also some of the lowest scoring songs for Denmark at Eurovision in recent years… they seem to forget that ?

Tibor
Tibor
2 months ago

Denmark being Denmark, we’re getting eight shades of beige one of which will inexplicably dull the Eurovision top 10 in May.

Colin
Colin
2 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

This selection is so safe, cozy, inoffensive and laid back. I absolutely knew you’ll love it. 😉

Tibor
Tibor
2 months ago
Reply to  Colin

To quote Tracey Ullman as Angela Merkel: And I always thought I had such a serene and beautiful pokerface at the summits.
But seriously, when does something stop being cozy and just starts being dull?

Colin
Colin
2 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

“But seriously, when does something stop being cozy and just starts being dull?”

I guess that one’s personal enjoyment of the content makes a difference?

Tibor
Tibor
2 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Obviously. But I still haven’t figured out what specifically sets the Danish blandness apart from one that is only perceived as dull. I mean, if you could put your finger on it, it would be a gold vein, it is a secret for success after all.

Kosey
Kosey
2 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

Could I offer a suggestion? I think it might be familiarity. Denmark has a knack of presenting songs that you feel like you have heard before – the level of enjoyment that you then have is dictated by whether you liked the original song types. A lot of people tend to vote for what they are familiar and comfortable with and Denmark does a good job of giving the (mainstream) people what they want hence why they also do pretty well. This approach is unlikely to win you anything though as normally speaking the winner tends to offer something new… Read more »

Colin
Colin
2 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

Oh, you mean regarding actual success rather than personal ranking? That’s more complicated, as success tends to be median section between millions of personal tastes and some objective parameters. I guess that some Danish entries qualified for being perceived as cute, thus them being endearing overcame them being less eventful. Interestingly, the juries pushed them to qualification both in 2017 and 2019, while the only time the televote favored them (2018) was one time they didn’t go for that cutesy ”rainbows and sunshine” vibe. It’s also by far my favorite Danish entry of recent years. And their 2014-16 period wasn’t… Read more »

ArveprinsKnud
ArveprinsKnud
2 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Didn’t ?? get the same place in 2014 as in 2018?

Colin
Colin
2 months ago
Reply to  ArveprinsKnud

You are right, it did. Scratch 2014 then. 2015 and 2016 weren’t successful for Denmark.

Sabrina
Sabrina
2 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

I knew you would love those. 😀

Tibor
Tibor
2 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

I really have to work on a more mysterious aura. … 😉

Una
Una
2 months ago

I like two songs at first listen. I will want to re-listen to them, so there it is.
“Højt over skyerne” – it sounds fun and uplifting as if it were on the ost of a good comedy. The use of Danish is a big plus. One doesn’t even have to know the language to feel good when they listen to this song, so to speak.
“Everything is Alright” – it sounds very safe and pleasant and it feels as if I’ve heard it a million times before. I am liking this one.
*Waving the flag of Denmark*.

sam
sam
2 months ago

a very weak selection… denmark has taken the spot of more deserving songs in the final year after year because of bloc voting

sam
sam
2 months ago
Reply to  sam

I WANT HUMAN BY JASMIN ROSE AND ROXORLOOPS

Lars
Lars
2 months ago

Is it just me or does Silver Bullets sound like Spirit in the sky by KEIINO?

Whisker
Whisker
2 months ago
Reply to  Lars

“Spirit in the Sky” is wonderfully special and unique. “Silver Bullets” isn’r bad tho.

Christian Perry
Christian Perry
2 months ago

What a disappointment. I usually look forward to Denmark aswell. Not one off these songs will qualify. Whoever chose these songs for the competition needs sacking…..i wouldn’t even watch this due to the poor, amateur quality of songs.

Musimak
Musimak
2 months ago

Well, a lot of joke entries i agree but abracadabra at least is really serious
, good composing and writing, loved it. And nanna’s song is not revolutionary but it s Not bad …..and in Danish. Not in english. That’s something at least.

MRK
MRK
2 months ago
Reply to  Musimak

Im a bit so so at danish songs both that i understand what they sing so maybe getting another view on those songs plus that 99% of the time they might translate it to english so if i havnt heard the english version or that they say that it will stay in danish then i have a small fear voting for them when not knowing what the tge song we are sending sounds like.. I agree with you.. Actuelly i dont think there are any bad songs.. Just they are pleasant to listen to just a bit too safe.. So… Read more »

poe-tay-toe-chips
poe-tay-toe-chips
2 months ago

I’m just baffled that this is the best they were able to gather. Were these the only eight that entered or something???

Chriss
Chriss
2 months ago

You know what? You have to applaud them for not having just an 80s inspired song, but n 80s EUROVISION inspired song.- it isn’t 80s chart pop, it’s genuinely a song that could have performed alongside Bobbysocks or Johnny Logan. Then to top it off they even decided “why not start a late 90s/early 2000s throwback craze too” with højt over Skyene.

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago

I got excited for a minute before clicking on this article, that picture of Nanna Olivia looks very like Emmelie de Forest.

Albert
Albert
2 months ago

I really don’t like any song, Almost all the songs sounds pretty outdated, it’ll be so hard to get a spot in the final this year for denmark…

Good luck Denmark

Last edited 2 months ago by Albert
Andi
Andi
2 months ago

My Top 8:

  1. Emma Nicoline – Står lige her
  2. Claudia Champagnol – Abracadabra
  3. Jean Michel – Beautiful
  4. Chief 1 & Thomas Buttenschøn – Højt over skyerne
  5. Mike Tramp – Everything Is Alright
  6. Fyr & Flamme – Øve os på hinanden
  7. Nanna Olivia – Hvileløse hjerter
  8. The Cosmic Twins – Silver Bullet
GiornoGiovanna
GiornoGiovanna
2 months ago
Reply to  Andi

Your #2 and #3 are my #1 and #2, with Beautiful being my #1.

Max
Max
2 months ago

 “Højt over skyerne” is wonderful. I really really like it.

Teddi
Teddi
2 months ago

I had to double check that these are songs for DMGP. Wow….underwhelming… what happened? ?

Whisker
Whisker
2 months ago

My favourite one is “Resteless Hearts” and my second favourite is “Everything is alright”.