The 53rd edition of Dansk Melodi Grand Prix launched on Thursday with the reveal of the eight artists and songs that will compete in this year’s contest. They’re all aiming to represent Denmark at Eurovision 2023 in Liverpool this May.
On Super Saturday 11 February, eight artists will compete for the Danish Eurovision crown at Arena Næstved. Our contenders are: Søren Torpegaard Lund, Nicklas Sonne, maia maia, EYJAA, Frederik Leopold, Micky Skeel, Mariyah LeBerg and Reiley.
Public vote will send three of the eight songs into the Super Final, where an expert jury and the public will decide the winner voting 50/50.
Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2023 lineup
Søren Torpegaard Lund – “Lige her”
Written by: Tim Schou Nielsen, Steven McClintock, Martin Palme Skriver and Lasse Storm
From the stage at the musical theatre scene to the stage at DMGP, 24-year-old musical artist Søren Torpegaard Lund is right here – as his song title “Lige her” translates to in English. After a stint as Tony in West Side Story at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen, he now gives it a go as a singer in the biggest music competition in Denmark.
He sings one of only two entries in Danish in this years contest, and he has teamed up with a couple of songwriters, who themselves know everything about being successful in DMGP: Tim Schou from A Friend in London and Martin Palme Skriver from Lighthouse X.
Nicklas Sonne – “Freedom”
Written by: Nicklas Sonne
Nicklas Sonne is a rock artist, who has made a name for himself since 2011 in several Danish metal bands such as Defecto.
He has opened for huge rockstars including Metallica, Rammstein and Dream Theater. Now, he will try to conquer the DMGP stage with big vocals and attitude of a viking.
maia maia – “Beautiful Bullshit”
Written by: Joy Deb, Maja Barløse and Niclas Lundin
Maja Barløse is a Danish artist, songwriter and producer, also working under the alias maia maia. Her style can best be described as millennial pop filled with catchy melodies delivered with big confidence.
She is teaming up with two experienced Swedes as songwriters. Fans will know Joy Deb as one of the songwriters behind Måns Zelmerlöw’s “Heroes” and Saara Aalto’s “Monsters”.
EYJAA – “I Was Gonna Marry Him”
Written by: Maria Broberg, Rasmus Olsen and Thomas Buttenschøn
The Danish-Icelandic duo EYJAA is made up of sisters Brynja Mary Sverrisdóttir, 18, and Sara Victoria Sverrisdóttir, 16, who burst onto the music scene in 2021. Eagle-eyed viewers will remember Brynja from Söngvakeppnin 2020, where she placed fourth in her semi-final with her entry “Augun þín“.
Now they are ready to conquer the competition at DMGP having Thomas Buttenschøn among their songwriters, who placed third together with Chief 1 in DMGP 2021. Let’s see if the sibling duo can climb to the top of the podium this year.
Frederik Leopold – “Stuck On You”
Written by: Frederik Jyll and Lasse Lindorff
Frederik Leopold, 25, is a singer-songwriter from Copenhagen. He’s been making music ever since he got a guitar in his hand at the age of 11. Starting out with releasing two EPs back in 2018 and 2019 he released the single “Ikke alene” in Danish in 2020, dealing with topics such as loneliness and struggling with life as young person.
Co-writer Lasse Lindorff won DMGP in 2014 writing Basim’s “Cliché Love Song”, that represented Denmark on home soil at ESC in Copenhagen 2014.
Micky Skeel – “Glansbillede”
Written by: Martin Bjelke and Micky Skeel Hansen
34-year-old Micky Skeel is a well-known figure in the Danish music industry being both a singer, songwriter and actor. He became somewhat of a teen idol as an actor in several Danish movies and TV series and not least as a member of the boyband PULS from 2010 to 2013.
Back in 2015 he was a part of DMGP, as he wrote and produced the song “Suitcase” for his then-girlfriend Anne Gadegaard. Since 2017 he has been based as a songwriter in Los Angeles, but now he returns to the big stage in Denmark hoping to go one better than 2015 with the Danish titled entry “Glansbillede” (“glossy image” or “picture perfect”).
Mariyah LeBerg – “Human”
Written by: Chief 1, Mariyah LeBerg and Nermin Harambasic
Mariyah LeBerg, 32, is a Danish singer-songwriter with a Lebanese father and Danish mother, who met at a refugee camp in northern Jutland. But already before Mariyah was born, her father left the family leading to Mariyah growing up in a strict Jehova’s Witnesses family. She left Jehova’s Witnesses at the age of 17 and used music as a therapeutic way of dealing with the “outside” world.
She has co-written her entry this year with a very familiar face in DMGP: Chief 1 has been behind no less than four winning songs (1997, 2012, 2015 and 2022), and together with the well-known K-pop producer Nermin Harambasic she hopes to emulate the success of her co-writers.
Reiley – “Breaking My Heart”
Written by: Reiley, Bård Bonsaksen and Sivert Hjeltnes Hagtvet
How do you become the most famous person on the Faroe Islands, the Danish autonomous territory with 54,000 inhabitants? Well, one way is to get no less than 10.8 million followers on TikTok, which is exactly what Reiley, 22, has achieved. His colourful aesthetics and catchy vocals lead to viral success on the app, where his songs were used in thousands of videos and leading him to a record deal with Atlantic Records.
Since the Faroe Islands don’t participate in Eurovision themselves he has come down to Denmark to conquer the stage at DMGP, hoping to be the first Faroese person to win DMGP and get the coveted ticket to Liverpool.
What do you think? Who is your favourite among the eight finalists and could Denmark get back into the Eurovision final for the first time since 2019? Let us know in the comments below.