Denmark: Submissions open for DMGP 2017

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Following today’s earlier announcement by DR that Denmark will be participating in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, the country’s national broadcaster has released the rules and opened submissions for the Danish national final.

As with previous years, the Danish national broadcaster DR has once again opted to select Denmark’s 2017 Eurovision entry via the country’s annual national final show, Dansk Melodi Grand Prix (DMGP).

Although a generally successful selection method for Denmark over the years, the country’s results in both 2015 and 2016, which saw Denmark failing to reach the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest, has pushed the DMGP team to change strategy for the next competition. DR’s entertainment chief Jan Lagermand Lundme went on to explain:

We must consider the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix as a semi-final of Eurovision. And we must have some songs that are so strong that they can get us into the final.

I cannot say much more. We will think carefully and change some things. As soon as the plan is ready, we will report on how it’s going to look.

Speaking of the potential national final entries for 2017, Lagermand Lundme revealed:

I’m looking for good songs with a strong chorus, which have the potential to be a hit.

Some writers think that Eurovision songs must be a certain way. It does not. We go for modern pop songs, which can also be played elsewhere than the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix.

DR went on to release the full set of rules and regulations for DMGP 2017; lead artists wishing to compete in the 2017 Danish national final much be a Danish citizen or have equally strong ties to the nation, either through residency, relationship, etc., however both Danish and foreign songwriters are invited to submit their entries online before the set deadline on the 5 September. The final entries will then go on to be selected by a secret jury panel consisting of numerous music experts.

The full set of DMGP 2017 rules can be found via

This year, Lighthouse X was selected via DMGP 2016 in order to represent their nation at the Stockholm-hosted Eurovision Song Contest. Competing in the second semi-final with their entry Soldiers of love, the pop-trio received a total of 34 points, finishing in 17th place and therefore failing to qualify to the Grand Final.

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  • MarioVision

    I can really see WHY Denmark failed/bombed the last 2 years in EuroVision.
    Especially last year..

  • MarioVision

    And last year about that other boy band Anti-Social Media..
    Their song was descent fine,even better than ”Soldiers Of Love”
    BUT sadly almost all of them seemed not sympathetic but obnoxious nerds bullies
    that you meet this type of guys in high school & they tease/bully you..(seriously..)
    Like I have already written about this..
    The only exception was Nickolaj that at least seemed friendly enough.
    And he was so hot handsome…I had a crush on him last year.. <3
    Just LOOK at them…They all look douche like & even scary!
    Except Nickolaj that he looks fine OK.

    DENMARK (I mean the danish juries ) just made a big mistake that send them to EuroVision last year. Because the Danes people thankfully were not agreeable
    & they wanted another singer to represent them in EuroVision instead.

  • MarioVision

    This year about this boy band: they were beautiful hot babes to admit,
    but they just didn’t have real purpose & meaning with their presence.
    Their song although catchy & cute was too cheesy & fake..
    I really didn’t expect them to even qualify to the Final alone..

  • MarioVision

    Maybe I’m gonna fall out in my prediction/guessing
    but I think that it will take another more couple years
    before Denmark exits from their esc crisis after 2013-2014
    & starts sending again both worthy acts & songs in EuroVision..
    Like it was happening in their own golden era from 2011 till 2013.
    I think that we will of course listen multiple really good songs in the Dansk Grand Prix next year
    but I really have stopped feeling the special wow magic anymore with this country Denmark.
    I think that it will might get #better 4 them even after 2019-2020
    & the coming of the new decade.

  • MarioVision

    Oh..and to add ALSO this,
    only the fact that this lame boy band was even called last year after their NF win
    as the new danish Beatles(!!)
    that itself was seriously utterly offensive & f*cked up thing to state!

  • MarioVision

    I remember that back on January when I first heard the 10 songs of Dansk
    I never thought that THIS song would gonna win the whole danish NF!
    Or to even go to the SuperFinal alone or to finish on good place,
    as it was even from my 2-3 least liked songs in the Melodi Grand Prix.
    I might wanted Simone to win but I thought that at least Anja would really manage
    to beat them & representing Denmark Stockholm instead, as her song was fantastic.
    At the end when I found out that it was THEM that won instead,
    I got really sad/disappointed..

  • MarioVision

    But at least thankfully over the (great majority) 58% of proud Danes
    did NOT want this boy band to represent them in EuroVision though.
    22% of the Danes wanted Simone & the other 36% wanted Anja.

  • MarioVision

    That is 3 months time period.And I guess that too many producers/composers have already began working their own esc candidate songs for weeks or even months now..
    (way before the EuroVision of Stockholm of course..)
    Wonder if they will manage to submit more than 1,000 songs this year breaking their all time record.
    [that was in the 2016 past esc season that 982 songs were submitted]

  • Gary Boyle

    Anja Nissen should represent (she was 2nd last year with ‘never alone’), she’s very likeable and a powerhouse great singer, so if you are a writer applying than use Anja!!

  • Gary Boyle

    AGREE. Anja should of gone to EV!

  • jakie em

    yes, the star of another Aussie talent show should go to Eurovision. third times a charm

  • jakie em

    This years song as too…. Salvation Army Christian…