The short presentation videos, introducing the artists just before they perform on stage, have always been a part of Dansk Melodi Grand Prix. However, this year DR has decided to remove them from the show. Instead, there will be an interview with each of the ten participants right after they have performed on stage.
Head of Entertainment at DR, Jan Lagermand Lundme explains:
Every year we wish to make the show even better and more innovative. This year, we have decided to make a very big change by removing the pre-recorded presentation videos for the first time ever. They can work very well – and they have for many years, but instead, we will talk to the finalists right after they have performed on stage. We are doing this, to make the viewers get even closer to the participants. So, the time that we usually spend on the pre-recorded videos, will now be spent on the artists, after they have performed . This way, the viewers will get a completely new experience.
DR has also revealed, that even though the tradition with the presentation videos will come to an end, the voting procedure will remain the same as last year. The voting will be a combination of 50% jury voting and 50% public voting. There will be two rounds of voting. After the ten songs have been performed, three of them will qualify for a super-final, where the winner will be chosen. The jury will once again consist of five Danish Eurovision fans, whose names will be revealed at a later date.
Jan Lagermand Lundme believes that Denmark has a great chance to return to the top 10 at this year´s Eurovision. He says:
I am very happy with the ten songs, and I know, that no matter which song wins Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, it will have a chance to place in the top 10 at Eurovision. That is the whole focus of Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2018. Even though I am afraid to jinx it by saying this, I strongly believe that it will happen. It is important, that we place well at Eurovision to keep the interest alive, because it is really a show for the whole population of Denmark.
The ten artists, that will participate in Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2018 will be revealed at a press conference tomorrow at 11:00.
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.
Anja Nissen represented Denmark at last 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.