DR, the Danish national broadcaster, revealed details about the upcoming edition of Dansk Melodi Grand Prix at a press conference this morning.
The city of Aalborg will host Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2018 in the Gigantium, which has a capacity of 8,500. This is the seventh time that the Gigantium will host the Danish national final. The last time that the contest came to Aalborg was in 2015. Tickets for the event are expected to go on sale in autumn.
Dansk Melodi Grand Prix will take place on February 10 2018. Annette Heick and Johannes Nymark will return to host the contest for the second year in a row.
Heick shared her happiness on getting to host Dansk Melodi Grand Prix again:
“I’m simply so proud that I’m almost bursting. I can not thank you enough to be allowed to host Danish Melodi Grand Prix again. The Grand Prix is in my DNA, so being part of the show again means something special to me.”
Nymark was also excited to be returning:
“It’s a nice feeling to be allowed to do something again which, I think, was so much fun. Next year, the challenge will be to do something else and something that hopefully is even bigger than what we did this year. And I am looking forward to that.”
DR’s Entertainment Manager, Jan Lagermand Lundme, shared his excitement of seeing Heick and Nymark return as DMGP hosts:
“I’m so glad Annette and Johannes have said yes to hosting again. They have a common passion and love for the Melodi Grand Prix, and their chemistry is completely unsurpassed. They were amazing last time, and it’s a great pleasure to see them together on stage again at the Gigantium in Aalborg.”
Dansk Melodi Grand Prix has undergone significant changes for the upcoming edition. Songs can be submitted year round but only those submitted before September 15th will be considered for the 2018 selection.
Mads Engaard has also taken over the role of Contributions Producer from Cutfather. Mr Engaard will not be focusing solely on the song and lyrics, but also the stage presentation when reviewing submissions for the contest.
Anja Nissen represented Denmark at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Ukraine. She brought Denmark back to their first Eurovision Song Contest final since hosting the contest in 2014. “Where I Am” narrowly qualified for the final beating Serbia by just three points in the second semi-final. In the final Denmark finished 20th with a total of 77 points, of which just 8 points came from the televote.
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Denmark debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1957 alongside Austria and the United Kingdom. To date Denmark has won the contest on three occasions, the first being in 1963 when Grethe & Jorgen Ingmann performed “Dansevise”. Denmark won the contest again in 2000 represented by the Olsen Brothers, their most recent victory came in 2013 when Emmelie de Forest performed “Only Teardrops”. Denmark failed to qualify for the final of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2015 and 2016.