DR, the Danish national broadcaster, will reveal the 10 participants in Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2018 during a press conference on January 22.
The press conference will take place in DR’s Concert Hall Studio 4 and will run from 11:00-13:00 CET. Former DMGP winners, participants and celebrities will reveal the 10 lucky candidates during the press conference. Some of the announcers include Keld Heick (songwriter for over 30 DMGP entries), Hilda Heick (Danish juror in 2016), Jørgen de Mylius (host of 11 DMGP’s) , Kirsten Sigaard (Denmark 1984, 1985, 1988), Søren Bundgaard (Denmark 1984, 1985, 1988) and Gry Johansen (Denmark 1983).
The agenda for the press conference is as follows:
- 11:00: Press conference will start, Mr. Jan Lagermand Lundme (DR Entertainment Director) will welcome everyone
- 11:05: Mr. Nicolaj Holm (Director of AKKC and Gigantium) will tell the story of the host city, Aalborg
- 11:08-11.30: Grand Prix celebrities will present the 10 DMGP acts
- 11:30: Group photo shoot with all participants and confetti guns
- 11:35-13.00: Media and press will interview the DMGP candidates and hosts after photo call
Dansk Melodi Grand Prix will take place on February 10 in the Gigantium in Aalborg. Annette Heick and Johannes Nymark will return to host the contest for the second year in a row.
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.
Denmark in the Eurovision Song Contest
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.