Danish broadcaster DR have announced that a total of 663 entries have been submitted in order to take part in the country's national selection for Eurovision, Melodi Grand Prix 2011, 101 more than last year. Six songs will be chosen by an internal jury to proceed to the next stage of the preselection in February, to be joined by another 4 wildcards invited by DR.
Some of the composers who have submitted songs are well-known faces to the Eurovision fans. For example, Christina Schilling, who already participated in 2009 as a songwriter of Someday performed by Hera Björk. The song finished on 2nd place. Christina then setted eyes on Ireland, where she won the national final with Et cetera by Sinead Mulvey & Black Daisy. Et cetera did not manage to reach the Eurovision final that year as it finished 11th in the second semi-final.
Another well-known name is Claus Christensen. He won DMGP in 2007 with Drama Queen, performed by DQ. He also took part in 2009 with Big Bang Baby, in 2008 with Until we're satisfied and in 2010 with Come come run away. He has reportedly sent 5 songs to the competition this year.
Gustav Eurén was one of the members of rap/pop duo Balsam Boys (MF 2000) and wrote songs for Nina & Kin, Markoolio & Linda Bengtzing, Star Pilots and most recently Kom by Timoteij. He was advised to send the songs to Denmark by his songwriting colleague Thomas G:Son.
The exact date and host city of the final will be revealed shortly.
Special thanks to Katy – SchlagerRoyalty.