Denmark: Regional jury voting back in DMGP!

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The Danish national selection will bring the regions back into the voting process this year, something that did not happen since 2008, as published by the site dr.dk.

The voting system in place in Denmark for choosing the country’s entrant for the Eurovision Song Contest for the past years has relied on a jury in the venue and the audience watching the competition from home and voting by phone. So was Emmelie de Forest chosen in 2013.

In the context of the restyling of the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix that the Danish broadcaster DR has busied itself to achieve, the voting system will be modified for 2015. Jan Storage Lundme, entertainment manager at DR, explained that they are in the process of making the Melodi Grand Prix in a version 2.0. We remain focused on making the most fantastic show, but we have strengthened the concept and decided to work very hard on it so that we send the best song to Vienna.

With this intent in mind, the jury will be taken out of the venue to be distributed out to the five Danish regions. This concept is aimed at creating excitement in the program and show the diversity of Denmark, Jan Lagermand Lundme indicated.

The Danish Regions are five: Hovedstaden (Capital Region), Midtjylland (Central Jutland), Nordjylland (North Jutland), Sjælland (Zealand) and Syddanmark (Southern Denmark). The last time that the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix had counted a regional distribution of the votes was in 2008. In previous occasions, the vote of the audience was distributed regionally.

In 2015, the vote of the Danish audience will be counted in a single pool, and there will be 5 juries of experts, one in each of the country’s regions. Juries and audience will count 50% each in the overall result.

Grand Prix feasts.

The regional juries will announce their votes from the Grand Prix celebrations that will be held across the country on the date of the Danish national selection:

  • From Pumpehuset in Copenhagen for the Capital Region.
  • From the club Glow in Næstved for Zealand.
  • At the Hotel Torvehallerne in Vejle for Southern Denmark.
  • At the Gbar in Aarhus for Central Jutland.
  • From the Gigantium in Aalborg, the venue of the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, for North Jutland.

The names of the members of the juries will be revealed in the week prior to the event. The 10 names of the singers and the songs will be revealed by dr.dk/grandprix on 26 January.

The Dansk Melodi Grand Prix will be held at the Gigantium in Aalborg, Denmark, on 7 February. The winner will be the Danish entrant at in Vienna at the 60th Eurovision Song Contest. In 2014, the winner of the Danish national selection and Eurovision representative was Basim with Cliché love song.

Keep checking esctoday.com for more news on Denmark and the Eurovision Song Contest.

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