Denmark’s beloved and long-running song contest Dansk Melodi Grand Prix is about to clock its 53rd edition next year. It will serve, once more, as Denmark’s Eurovision selection process.
On Tuesday Danish Broadcaster DR announced that DMGP 2023 will take place on February 11 in the city of Næstved. Entries for the contest are now open.
DR has released the rules for the 2023 contest. Eight acts will again compete to fly the Danish flag in the United Kingdom during Eurovision 2023. That continues the trend that started in 2021, when the broadcaster decided to have eight finalists rather than 10 (as it had done between 2000 and 2020).
The eight acts will be selected by a professional committee. They’ll choose from the public song submissions as well as directly liaising with artists, songwriters and producers within the Danish music industry.
As last year, at least one songwriter or performer must be a Danish citizen or have a strong connection with Denmark, such as being a resident or being married to a Dane. Danes living in the Faroe Islands or Greenland are also eligible to participate.
Despite the fact that pre-recorded backing vocals will be allowed in Eurovision 2023, in DMGP 2023 performances need to be 100% live. In certain circumstances, pre-recorded backing vocals may be used.
Entries for DMGP are already open and can be submitted via DR’s song submission page. Entries for DMGP 2023 close on 28 October 2022.
Næstved will have the honour of hosting DMGP 2023.
It will welcome DMGP and Eurovision fans from all over the world in its Næstved Arena.
It’s a first for the city 44,000, which is located in the south of the island of Zealand. It’s the country’s second-fastest growing city behind only Aarhus. Its Stor Center is a well-known shopping mall with a large garden centre and several shops that celebrate Danish design. Celebrate the music, leave with some hygge furnishings.
Denmark’s recent Eurovision results worry many fans
Since 2019, Denmark has not made it back to the Grand Final. The Scandinavian country, which won Eurovision in 2013 with Emmelie de Forest’s “Only Teardrops”, has only qualified four times since that momentous edition. Now fans and experts are wondering what’s going wrong.
Speaking to DR, some say that DR is too focused on choosing songs that might work exclusively in the Danish market. DMGP expert Morten Madsen feels that everything stops after DMGP ends. “You want to make a good Grand Prix for the Danes, but then it kind of stops there,” he says. “You need to open your eyes. It is no coincidence that we have been knocked out two years in a row.”
DR’s ex-commentator Ole Tøpholm also feels the gap between DGMP and Eurovision. As he tells DR, you won’t succeed in Eurovision if you are planning only on succeeding on Danish radio. He suggests the bosses look over to Sweden.
“It’s not Reddi’s fault [ESC 2022 Denmark], or that of Eastern Europe [voting bloc]. It’s also not about sending a wild show. There’s a structural problem and it seems that, now, we have started losing every year at Eurovision instead of doing well.”
“If we keep focusing on what will do well in Denmark, then we won’t do well at Eurovision next year, nor the next one. It’s embarrassing because we have the quality, the talent and what it takes to do well at Eurovision. You will simply not be allowed to enter Dansk Melodi Grand Prix [if so].”
DR: “Of course we listen”
DR acknowledges the above-mentioned concerns. However, DR doesn’t think its strategy should be written off.
Erik Struve Hanse – DMGP boss – doesn’t think the show should focus on serving Europe’s taste. As he explains:
“At Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, I think we are very faithful to what the Danish sound and the Danish music scene is like. Of course, we also have to think about it in terms of a big musical festival like Eurovision is, and how we can optimize the Danish music scene to make it work in a Danish context, but hopefully, in Eurovision next year.”
“Of course, it’s something we have to work on now. At the same time, I don’t think it’s embarrassing [echoing Ole Tøpholm words] that Denmark is not making it to the Eurovision Grand Final, since around 7 countries in each semifinal won’t qualify. That’s around half. Also [not embarrassing], especially when you compete with a very different sound, with an original structure that dares to be as radical as ‘The Show’ by Reddi.”
What do you think? Are you excited about Denmark using DMGP for Eurovision next year? Who would you like to see competing in DMGP 2023? Let us know in the comment section below!