Dansk Melodi Grand Prix
Dansk Melodi Grand Prix is an annual music competition organised by Danish public broadcaster Danmarks Radio, which determines the countrys representative for the Eurovision Song Contest. The festival has produced three Eurovision winners and thirteen top-five placings, with the introduction of a semi-final at the 2004 contest, and due to Denmarks absence from the 2003 contest, Denmarks 2004 representative, Thomas Thordarsson, had to take part in the semi-final. His song, Shame on You did not reach the final, in 2005, DR made a bold step for Dansk Melodi Grand Prix. Artists were allowed, for the first time ever, to sing in a other than Danish. Many of the entries that year were sung in English, against the odds, jakob Sveistrup won Dansk Melodi Grand Prix with his song Tænder på dig. It was re-written for the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 to English as Talking to You, unlike the year before, Denmark secured a place in the final, finishing third in the semifinal. In the final he came 9th, guaranteeing Denmark a place in the final of the 2006 contest, a year later, Sidsel Ben Semmane sang Twist of Love in the final, but managed to finish 18th of 24 songs.
In 2007, after poor results, Dansk Melodi Grand Prix adopted a semi-final format that had served well for the Swedish preselection. Two semi-finals with 8 songs each were introduced, with the top 4 songs qualifying for the final, the 4 losing songs of each semi-final took part in one of two wildcard rounds where the listeners of Danish radio stations P3 and P4 chose another two finalists. The winner under this new format, DQ with the song Drama Queen, finished 18th in the semifinal, DR continued to use this format in the 2008 edition which was won by Simon Mathew and the song All Night Long. At the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 in Belgrade, Denmark as in 2005, finished 3rd in the semifinals, in the final, Mathew got 60 points, finishing 15th in a field of 25 songs. For the 2009 of Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, DR reverted to their one-night final, the final of 10 songs consisted of 6 songs from an open call of songs from the public, with 4 songs being invited by DR to compete. Denmark has won Eurovision three times, in 1963,2000 and 2013
Denmark in the Eurovision Song Contest
Denmark has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 45 times since its debut in 1957. Having competed in ten consecutive contests until 1966, Denmark was absent for eleven consecutive contests from 1967-1977, since 1978, they have been absent from only four contests. Denmark has won the contest three times, the Danish qualifying competition for the contest is the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix. Birthe Wilke and Gustav Winckler placed third at the countrys first attempt in 1957, Denmark won the contest for the first time in 1963 with the song Dansevise performed by Grethe & Jørgen Ingmann. The country would not return to the top five for over twenty years, Hot Eyes finished third in 1988, as did Birthe Kjær in 1989. In the 1990s, due to performances in the previous years. They did make the top ten three times, with Aud Wilkens fifth place in 1995 being Denmarks only top five result of the decade, the second Danish victory came in 2000, with the Olsen Brothers defying the odds to win with Fly on the Wings of Love.
In 2001, as hosts, Denmark finished second with Never Ever Let You Go performed by Rollo & King, in 2002, Malene Mortensen became the first Danish entry to finish last. Denmark were absent from the 2003 contest, in 2005, Copenhagen hosted Congratulations,50 Years of the Eurovision Song Contest, an event to commemorate the 50th anniversary. Denmark achieved its best result for nine years at the 2010 contest, a Friend in London finished fifth in 2011. Denmark won the contest for the time in 2013, with Only Teardrops performed by Emmelie de Forest receiving Denmarks highest ever score with 281 points. Denmark has placed in the top five a total of 14 times and has a score of 65.261 points. Denmark first participated at the Eurovision Song Contest 1957, held in Frankfurt, the country had intended to compete at the first contest in 1956, but had submitted its application past the deadline and was, not allowed to compete. Denmark was the first Nordic country to take part in the contest, with Sweden, iceland, did not take part until 1986.
Denmarks first participants were Birthe Wilke and Gustav Winckler, who sang the song Skibet skal sejle i nat and their performance was controversial as, at the end of the song, the couple performed an 11-second kiss, which caused outcry in some countries. Nevertheless, the performance achieved a respectable 3rd place, Denmark won the contest for the first time in 1963, when Grethe and Jørgen Ingmann sang Dansevise. When Norway announced its votes, the presenter Katie Boyle could not hear the spokesperson, the final result was valid and the victory went to Denmark. Accordingly, in 1964, the contest was held in Denmark for the first time, after the 1966 contest and a record low 14th place, Denmark withdrew from the contest, as DR´s new head of entertainment Niels Jørgen Kaiser did not view the contest as being quality entertainment
Denmark in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009
Denmark participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 held in Moscow on 16 May 2009. Denmark was represented by Brinck with the song Believe Again, two other Danish-born contestants participated at the 2009 Eurovision contest, Susanne Georgi represented Andorra and Yohanna represented Iceland. As in previous years, Danmarks Radio selected its entry through the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix contest, unlike the 2007 and 2008 MGPs, there were no semifinals prior to the grand final, which was held on 31 January 2009. Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2009 was held on 31 January at the MCH Messecenter Herning in Herning, the show was hosted by previous Danish entrant Birthe Kjær, and TV and radio presenter Felix Smith. Ten songs took part in the 2009 edition of DMGP, six of which were selected through a call for entries. The competing songs were revealed on 9 January 2009, after DR had narrowed down the best songs from the pool of submitted entries, a total of 684 songs were submitted to DR for 2009, an increase from the 443 songs that were submitted in the previous year. A second round of SMS voting decided the two winning songs from each pair which went on to the voting round where SMS voting selected the overall winner of the contest.
Controversy rose when the album for the contest was released prematurely. Set to be released the day before the contest, the album was released as a digital download due to an error made by the record label. 17 legal downloads were made before the album was taken off, one of the legal downloads, was uploaded onto YouTube as well as published as an illegal sharing file on the internet. My Way Music, the company responsible for album, will take legal action against the person who illegally uploaded the songs onto the internet. The first round consisted of all ten songs performing, four acts were chosen to compete in the knock-out rounds. They were Sukkerchok, Hera Björk, Brinck and Johnny Deluxe, in the second round of voting, the four qualifiers competed against each other in pairs, with only two progressing to the final round. Hera Björk and Brinck passed to the Super Final, beating Sukkerchok, in the Super Final, Hera Björk and Brinck sang their songs again, with SMS voting once deciding the overall winner.
Brinck performed ninth in the order of the semi-final, following Slovakia and preceding Slovenia. In the final, Denmark finished in 13th place with 74 points, Denmark in the Eurovision Song Contest Eurovision Song Contest 2009
Denmark in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013
Denmark participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Malmö, Sweden. The Danish entry was selected through the national final Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2013, Emmelie de Forest represented Denmark with the song Only Teardrops, which qualified from the first semi-final of the competition and won the contest, placing 1st in the final with 281 points. On 28 May 2012, two days after the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Azerbaijan, DR announced their intention to participate in the 2013 contest, the national selection, Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, remained the same as in previous years. A selection jury selected six songs in open competition among the songs submitted to the broadcaster, four participants were invited based on editorial considerations. In total, ten songs participated in the national final, jan Lagermand Lundme, DR Head of Entertainment, said that DR focussed on selecting songs that had a strong chorus. When the deadline for submitting entries to Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2013 had passed on 24 September 2012,692 songs had been received - the highest number of submissions since 1988.
Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2013 took place on 26 January 2013 at Jyske Bank Boxen in Herning, the show was presented by Lise Rønne, Louise Wolff and Sofie Lassen-Kahlke. The winning song was selected in two rounds of voting, in the first round, the combination of viewer SMS voting and a professional jury selected the top 3 songs which proceeded to the superfinal. The five members of the awarded a total of 30 points. The SMS viewer vote was translated into 30 points, with each receiving the proportion of those 30 points based on the percentage of the total votes they earned. For example, if a song received 50% of the viewer votes, in both voting rounds, the viewers SMS vote accounted for 50% of the results, while the jury votes accounted for the remaining 50%. After all ten songs were performed, Emmelie de Forest, Emmelie de Forest won Dansk Melodi Grand Prix with the song Only Teardrops after receiving 11 points from the jury and 15 points from the public. To ensure fair distribution in the semifinals, the Eurovision Reference Group decided on 7 November 2012 that Denmark would compete in the first semi-final on 14 May.
In the first semifinal, the producers of the show decided that Denmark would perform 5th, following Croatia and preceding Russia. On stage, Emmelie de Forest was joined by two drummers, Morten Specht Larsen and Jacob Baagøe Thomsen, and by three backing singers, Anne Murillo, Heidi Degn and Anders Øhrstrøm, Denmark qualified from the first semi-final, placing 1st and scoring 167 points. At the first semi-final winners press conference, Denmark was allocated to perform in the half of the final. In the final, the producers of the show decided that Denmark would perform 18th, following Hungary, Denmark won the 2013 Contest placing 1st and scoring 281 points. In Denmark, both the semi-finals and the final were broadcast on DR1, with commentary provided by Ole Tøpholm
Denmark in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014
Denmark hosted and participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen after winning the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 with the song Only Teardrops performed by Emmelie de Forest. The Danish entry was selected through the national final Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2014, Basim represented Denmark with the song Cliche Love Song, which placed 9th in the final, scoring 74 points. Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2014 was the 44th edition of Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, the format of the show featured one show consisting of ten songs where the winning song was selected by a combination of the viewers SMS votes and votes cast by a professional jury. A selection jury selected six songs from the entries submitted to the broadcaster, the ten songs taking part in the competition were revealed on 28 January 2014. Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2014 took place on 8 March 2014 at Arena Fyn in Odense, the competition was hosted by Louise Wolff and Jacob Riising. The winning song was selected in two rounds of voting, in the first round, the combination of viewer SMS voting and a professional jury selected the top three songs to proceed to the superfinal.
The five members of the awarded a total of 30 points. The SMS viewer vote was be translated into 30 points, for example, if a song received 50% of the viewer votes, it would be awarded 15 points. In both voting rounds, the viewers SMS vote accounted for 50% of the results, while the jury votes accounted for the remaining 50%, in the superfinal, Cliche Love Song performed by Basim was selected as the winner. As the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 and host of the 2014 Contest, Denmark automatically qualified for a place in the final, in addition to their participation in the final, Denmark was assigned to vote in the first semi-final on 6 May 2014. As the host nation, Denmarks running order position in the final was determined by draw, on 17 March 2014 during the heads of delegation meeting, Denmark was drawn to perform 23rd in the final. Denmark performed following Malta and preceding the Netherlands, in the final, Denmark placed 9th, scoring 74 points. On stage, Basim was joined by two dancers, Tobias Ellehammer and Ivan Spahi, and three backing vocalists, Ayoe Angelica, Andy Roda and Marcel Gbekle, in Denmark, both the semi-finals and final aired on DR1.
The DR1 broadcast of the semi-finals were commentated by Anders Bisgaard who took over from Ole Tøpholm due to Tøpholm being ill, Ole Tøpholm was the commentator for the broadcast of the final on DR1. Bisgaard commentated the broadcast of the final via radio on DR P4, the Danish spokesperson revealing the result of the Danish vote in the final was Sofie Lassen-Kahlke. The Danish votes in the final were based on 50% jury voting. Denmark in the Eurovision Song Contest Eurovision Song Contest 2014