Denmark: Birthe Kjær returns to Melodi Grand Prix

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Birthe Kjær, the 1989 representative for Denmark at the Eurovision Song Contest in Lausanne, Switzerland, will return to the Eurovision world at the end of this month as host of the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix. She will co-host the show with television and radio presenter, Felix Smith.

Birthe Kjær entered the Eurovision Song Contest at her fourth attempt. She failed to win Melodi Grand Prix in 1980, 1986 and 1987 before taking victory and the Danish ticket to lausanne with the song Vi maler byen rød (we paint the town red). The song took third place with 111 points, one of Denmark's most successful entries.

Two years later, she missed out on a second chance to represent Denmark with the song Din musik, min musik. This will be thethird time that she has hosted Melodi Grand Prix, after she hosted the show in 1990 and 2005.

Felix Smith is a well known radio presenter and host of Danish talent contest Talent 2008 as well as working on various reality television shows.

The Danish Eurovision Song Contest selection show, Melodi Grand Prix takes place on Saturday 31st January live from Messecenter in Herning. 684 songs were submitted and 2,400 tickets for the show have been sold.

Simon Mathew finished third in the second semi final of the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest and qualified for the final where he finished 15th with All night long. The song was a minor hit in Denmark and peaked at #12 in the single charts and also at #56 in Sweden.

Birthe Kjær at the 1989 Eurovision Song Contest with Vi maler byen rød

Birthe Kjær 1986 Melodi Grand Prix – Vil Du Med (2nd place)

Birthe Kjær 1987 Melodi Grand Prix – Hva' Du Ude Pa (2nd place)

Birthe Kjær 1991 Melodi Grand Prix -din musik, min musik

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