Only a matter of months after the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest comes to an end and selection processes for 2018 are already underway, with the Danish national broadcaster, DR, having revealed the host city and date for the country’s national final – Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2018.
Revealed at a press conference earlier this morning, the Danish city of Aalborg was announced as the host city for next year’s Dansk Melodi Grand Prix (DMGP) event where it will be held at the Gigantium, holding up to a capacity of 8,500.
This is the seventh time that Aalborg has been chosen to host the Danish national final, the last of which being as recently as 2015 which was held at the same venue as the planned 2018 final.
DMGP 2018 on 10 February
With both Annette Heick and Johannes Nymark returning to host the Danish national final for a second year running, DMGP 2018 is set to officially take place on the 10 February 2018.
Heick expressed her happiness about returning as a host for the 2018 Danish final:
I’m simply so proud that I’m almost bursting. I can not thank you enough to be allowed to host the Danish Melodi Grand Prix again.
The Grand Prix is in my DNA, so being part of the show again means something special to me.
Nymark also spoke of his hosting excitement for 2018 following today’s announcement:
It’s a nice feeling to be allowed to do something again which, I think, was so great fun. Next year, the challenge will be to do something else and something that hopefully is even bigger than what we did this year. And I am looking forward to that.
DR’s Entertainment Manager, Jan Lagermand Lundme, spoke of his delight at the return of Heick and Nymark as DMGP hosts:
I’m so glad Annette and Johannes have said yes to hosting again. They have a common passion and love for the Melodi Grand Prix, and their chemistry is completely unsurpassed. They were amazing last time, and it’s a great pleasure to see them together on stage again at the Gigantium in Aalborg.
Submissions still open for 2018!
Back in July, DR opened submissions for DMGP 2018 which saw the broadcaster announcing all the rules and details for the country’s forthcoming selection.
There’s still time for acts to submit their entries to the broadcaster, with submissions set to close on the 15 September. Entries submitted for 2018 which are not shortlisted for the selection will once again be reconsidered by the broadcaster in 2019.
With preparations for DMGP 2018 well and truly underway, further details regarding next year’s Danish final and song selection process are expected in the coming weeks.