DR, the Danish national broadcaster, has opened the submission window for Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2019.
Although songs can be submitted all year round, only songs that have been submitted by September 26 will be eligible for the 2019 edition. Songs must not exceed three minutes and must not have been publicly performed or released without DR’s permission. At least one member of the team behind a song (be it an artist, songwriter or producer), must have a “strong connection with Denmark” eg. Danish citizenship, residency in Denmark or marriage to a Danish person. Citizens of the Faroe Islands and Greenland may also participate. In case of any doubt, DR will ultimately decide who may participate.
Jan Lagermand Lundme, Entertainment Manager for DR, has high hopes for the songs submitted for the 2019 contest, especially after Rasmussen’s ninth place finish in Lisbon this year:
“We are in rapid development so the ambition for 2019 is, of course, to find the song that can represent Denmark in the best possible way in Israel next year. When it comes to Eurovision, there are about 40 songs in total, so if we are to do well, we have to send with something of high quality and something that stands out so that viewers can remember us.”
As with last year’s selection, Mads Enggaard will continue his role as Contribution Producer. He will initially help to select the ten songs that will compete in Dansk Melodi Grand Prix and devise their presentation on stage. He will subsequently help to ensure that the winner of the contest will perform as well as possible on stage when they represent Denmark at Eurovision.
The venue for Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2019 will be announced in the upcoming months.
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.