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!
If you had to rank all of the national finals for 2021, Denmark would unfortunately be at the bottom. It wasn’t the best selection this year and the results show for it (although it did seem to warm up to the public on the night, with a 7th placing in the televote, but the jury dragged it down to miss it qualification). Next year, I wanna see Denmark step it up. I would love to see all five Nordic countries qualify for the first time since 2014.
Denmark’s NF is so polished, it’s a shame I can’t say the same about 99% of its entries.
Denmark is my most favorite Nordic country at Eurovision. And, as much as I’m biased to them, I don’t want DMGP 2022 to be as weak as this year.
They really need a re-vamp of the whole selection. Most of the songs and winners are what you call fillers, as in they are just there. They could do like a Mello or Norwegian MGP with several semis.But I think the major problem is that no established artist competes, mostly buskers, songwriters or X-Factor cast-offs. A few big names in the mix could really help the contest..
Denmark really needs to get their things together. The only entries that were great for me in recent years were 2017 and 2020. All others were fine but either very forgetable (2016, 2019) or a bit cringy (2018, 2021). I don’t even think that the Danish TV is the problem, I just think that no established artists is willing to participate, which is weird since Dansk MGP has a very long tradition. I think an internal selection would be great but DMGP has been an anual thing for too long to be cancelled. Not to mention the fact that all… Read more »
Don’t bash me, but Denmark has started an unmemorability/forgettability streak. All these songs are cute and I really like them but in 20 years or so I won’t remember Anja, Leonora, Lighthouse X or Fyr&Flamme over NQs that did worse than them… Obviously Rasmussen do not belong in that category but I hope that changes for me personally!
I didn’t really start watching Eurovision annually until 2016, but I have noticed that since Denmark’s 2013 win, I haven’t really enjoyed a lot of Denmark’s entries, other than 2018’s Higher Ground (still one of my all time favorite songs from that year). You make a great point that Denmark’s recent output has been pretty forgettable and that might play a role why I don’t normally rank Denmark high in recent years. Let’s hope they can have a whiz-bang national final next year.
looking forward to it cuz there won’t be a chance that it’s gonna be as bad as DMGP 2021
at this point every possible national selection will be better than dmgp 2021
Glad to see the news about NFs are finally popping up! I hope Denmark sends another Danish-language bop next year – or failing that, something original and memorable.
Seeing how their Danish language experiment not only failed to give them a spot in the final for the first time in four years, it was also their least watched ESC in years I doubt we will see another Danish language entry for some time. I do hope we will get songs that are more than just fillers though..
Yeah, the non-qualification would probably put Denmark off from sending another Danish language song in the near future. On the other hand, all the other non-English songs did make it to the final and four of them occupied the top five positions, so maybe it won’t be the last time we’ll hear Danish in the contest. We’ll either see a ton of rock songs to capitalize on Italy’s victory or more countries sending in non-English songs. You never know what will be the trend for next year.