Denmark will select their participant for Eurovision 2017 on the 25 of February, as DR announces host city as Herning.
Herning is set to host Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2017 on February 25, as the contest returns to the city for the first time in four years. This is the fourth time since 2000 that Herning will have hosted Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, and the first time since 2013 when Emmelie De Forest was selected and went on to win the Eurovision Song Contest.
Jan Lagermand Lundme, Entertainment Director at the Danish national broadcaster spoke of the importance of ensuring that Melodi Grand Prix is taken around Denmark. He told DR that:
Melodi Grand Prix is the Danish show, and so it is natural for us that we are going round the country. We give priority to change the city from year to year, because we know that the Melodi Grand Prix brings together the entire population, and we can really feel when we get around the country. It is a celebration for all, and therefore we will also give the opportunity to as many people as possible to join,
Herning will be holding a number of events and celebrations during February 2017 to celebrate the host of Dansk Melodi Grand Prix. Alongside schools, senior citizen centers and other city run institutions, the city will work with private business to turn February into “Grand Prix Month”. Mayor of Herning Lars Krarup told DR that:
Towards February, we also invite both retail, museums, educational institutions, restaurants and other interested parties to work together to make in February 2017 for one great Grand Prix month in Herning,
Denmark are hoping to make their way back into a Eurovision final having missed out on qualifying for the final for two years in a row. In 2016 Lighthouse X brought Denmark their worst result in the contest since 2007, by finishing 17th in the second semi final with just 34 points.
Tickets will go on sale for the final on September 30 at 12:00 CET, you can purchase the tickets here.