Danish broadcasters DR have today confirmed that the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix will be held on Saturday 6th of March 2021, determining who represents Denmark in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Rotterdam.
Next year’s competition will see eight entries compete for the chance to represent Denmark. The rules for this year’s competition have also been laid out as follows.
Those submitting entries to be considered must be of Danish relation, either as a citizen or currently living in Denmark or married to a Dane. It is also noted that registered citizens of Faroe Islands or Greenland may also compete in the competition.
Composers and lyricists are free to submit multiple entries into the contest however this rule does not apply to the artists themselves who many only sing a maximum of one song. Those wishing to compete must be 16 years of age as of the date of the final, this is to coincide with the age rules of the Eurovision Song Contest itself.
Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2021 will be held in Copenhagen once more following their return to the capital last year. The show however will be held in DR Byen, the headquarters of the broadcaster. This smaller venue was chosen to align with social distancing measures currently in effect in Denmark.
This year’s selection held in Copenhagen was the only selection across Europe to be broadcast without an audience, this was a last minute decision by the broadcasters for safety purposes due to the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19.
The competition was won by Ben & Tan with their entry “Yes” which was due to be Denmark’s 2020 entry before the contest was cancelled altogether due to the outbreak.
Unlike several other European broadcasters, DR did not grant Ben & Tan automatic rights internally to represent Denmark in 2021 in favour of staging another edition of Dansk Melodi Grand Prix instead. It is not yet clear whether or not Ben & Tan will return to the competition.
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.