It’s Denmark‘s long-running Eurovision national final. Now Danish broadcaster DR has confirmed that Dansk Melodi Grand Prix will be back for 2022, with the grand final set for 5 March. Entries for the contest are now open.
DR has released the rules for the 2022 contest and has confirmed that eight songs will compete in the DMGP grand final. This is the same number of competing acts as the 2021 contest, but down from the ten competing places that the contest used from 2000 to 2019.
The eight acts will be selected by a professional judging committee, who will pick from the public song submissions as well as directly liaising with the Danish music industry.
The rules confirm that at least one songwriter or performer must be a Danish citizen or have a strong connection or Denmark, such as being a resident or being married to a Dane). Danes living in the Faroe Island or Greenland are also able to participate.
The broadcaster also confirms that while the lead vocal must be sung live, in certain circumstances pre-recorded backing vocals may be used. It is not currently known if pre-recorded backing vocals will again be allowed at the Eurovision Song Contest.
Entries for DMGP are open now and can be submitted via DR’s song submission page. Entries for DMGP 2022 close on 29 October 2021.
Dansk Melodi Grandi Prix and Denmark at Eurovision
Dansk Melodi Grand Prix debuted in 1957 and was used to select Denmark’s entry for the first-ever edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. Since then, a version of DMGP has been used to select the Danish act for Eurovision every year Denmark has competed in the contest.
DMGP has picked the three acts that went on to win Eurovision for Denmark. However, in recent years Denmark has had mixed fortunes at Eurovision.
Following Emmelie de Forest’s victory in 2013 with “Only Teardrops”, Denmark placed ninth with Basim’s “Cliche Love Song”. But Denmark then had a two-year non-qualification run.
Danish acts then returned to the Eurovision grand final, including Rasmussen’s epic Viking saga “Higher Ground”, which placed ninth in 2018.
More recently, the pop duo Ben & Tan were selected at DMGP 2020, however due to the cancellation of Eurovision 2020 they did not have the opportunity to compete at Eurovision with their song. Earlier this year, synth-pop group Fyr & Flamme won DMGP with their Danish-language song “Øve os på hinanden”. They narrowly missed out on qualifying for the Eurovision grand final, finishing 11th in their semi-final.
What do you think? Who would you like to see competing in DMGP 2022? Should Denmark send another Danish language song to Eurovision? Sound off in the comments section below!