Denmark: To boycott Israel or not?

This morning, during the press conference revealing the eight hopefuls to represent Denmark in the Eurovision Song Contest 2024, there were demonstrators with flags of Palestine demanding a boycott of the Eurovision Song Contest.

The call from the protesters was clear. Both DR and the Danish Melodi Grand Prix winner must refuse to go to the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö in May, if the organizers maintain that Israel must participate in the competition.

For several of the participants, that call was a difficult amount to deal with.

The singer Stella would not answer whether she had decided whether she was ready to drop Eurovision if she won the Danish song contest.

– I think that it is a very unfortunate situation that we are in, but it is not something that I have an opinion on. Unfortunately.

– Have you thought about it?

– Yes, but it is not something I have a comment on, she said to Ekstra Bladet.

Faroese Janus Wiberg also did not want to deal with the inflamed question.

– It is not something I want to comment on. I don’t want to do that. Someone other than me has to take care of that.

Chu Chu said that she has not thought about the problem at all.

– But you may have to if you win.

– Yes, and I think no matter what, I would go to Sweden and celebrate the music without having any political opinion.

– So it is apolitical to go to Eurovision?

– For me it is, said Chu Chu.

Many of Basim‘s competitors were tight-lipped when it came to Israel, but the 31-year-old singer-songwriter didn’t mind talking about the war in the Middle East.

– It’s very human to talk about this. The whole situation down there affects me a lot. I have followed what is happening. I have seen dead children on video. I have seen dead, innocent people and it has touched me deeply and it has torn open my own wounds, he said.

However, he is not going to insist that Israel be excluded from Eurovision:

– I don’t think we stop hate with hate. I believe that we stop hate and injustice with love. The thing about excluding someone, it never helped anything. You don’t become a better child by being thrown out the door. So my position is that we will have to meet each other in love and justice and be humane to each other.

Aura Dione, RoseeLu and the group Ublu agreed that the situation in the Middle East is heartbreaking and something that touches them deeply.

But none of them could give a clear answer as to whether Israel’s participation in Eurovision will have any significance for them if they win and have to represent Denmark in May.

– I just have to think about it a bit, because it’s a big question that goes beyond what Eurovision is about. I would like to answer, but it requires some thought, Aura Dione replied.

– It is difficult to answer in a simple way. After all, I am not directly nominated for Eurovision. Right now I’m in Melodi Grand Prix. But if you ask me later, I’d like to tell you how I feel at that time, RoseeLu said.

– It’s something we’ve talked about a lot in the band, and we’re hugely affected by what’s happening to the Palestinians right now. So we are also going to talk to DR and the other participants about finding a good solution to that, said the lead singer of Ublu, Andreas Darger.

Denmark’s public broadcaster is hosting DMGP 2024 on Saturday, February 17 in DR Koncerthuset in Copenhagen, with eight artists competing.

The hosts of Dansk Melodi Grand Prix are Stéphanie Surrugue and Sara Bro.

Until we learn who is going to represent Denmark in Eurovision 2024, let’s remember their song for last year’s contest. Reiley was the winner of Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2023 with the song “Breaking my Heart” ending up in 14th place of the second semi-final:

Stay tuned on Eurovisionfun for all the news regarding the Danish participation at the Eurovision Song Contest 2024, in Malmö!

source: Ekstrabladet

Denmark: Melodi Grand Prix final to take place on February 11!

Denmark’s public broadcaster, DR, announced that the final of Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2023, will take place in Νæstved, in Saturday, February 11.

It’s the first time that Næstved will host DMGP, with the national final taking place in Arena Næstved, with a capacity of 7.000 audience.

Eight songs will take part in the competition, with the submission currently being in progress until the 28th of October in the noon.

Gustav Lützhøft, the senior editor of DR Kultur, Debat og Musik said that:

“Dansk Melodi Grand Prix is a proud tradition and a musical festival, bringing us together across generations and music tastes. Therefore, again this year, what we want is to create a show that brings Danish people together in their homes, in their living rooms and celebrates music and the art of songwriting.”

Carsten Rasmussen, mayor of Næstved added on it and said:

“We are happy that DR has chosen Næstved as the venue for DMGP 2023. If we have to say so ourselves, it is obvious, because Næstved is a city with a lot of musical culture. We even have two DMGP winners: From Næstved Musikskole singer and actress Flora Ofelia, who won the children’s DMGP in 2015, and the Næstved Ungdomsskole drummer Ihan Haydar, who won the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix in 2012 and also competed last year.”

Τhe group Reddi won last year’s Dansk MGP and represented Denmark in Eurovision 2022 with the song “The Show”,  but didn’t manage to qualify for the final, ending up in 13th place of the first semi-final.

Stay tuned on Eurovisionfun for all the news regarding the Dansk participation at the Eurovision Song Contest 2023, in the United Kingdom!

Denmark: The detailed results of the DMGP 2020

For another year, Denmark has chosen to participate in the Eurovision contest through the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix (DMGP).

Compared to the previous year, this year radio semifinals were held, which also defined half of the finalists. Another difference is that in the super final the public exclusively decided the big winner of the institution and the representative of the country in the ESC. But the most significant change over the years was that the music at the DMGP 2020 final was accompanied by a live orchestra, namely Antonelli Orchestra, Denmark’s most famous live orchestra! It also needs to be mentioned the fact that spectators were not arriving at the Royal Arena where the night of the coronation was held.

The big winners of the DMGP 2020 were Ben & Tan with the song “Yes”. In fact, in the second round of voting, in the super final, the duo garnered more than 60%! Surprisingly, the other big favorite of the night is Jasmin Rose ft. Roxorloops limited to 8th place!

In the first phase of the vote the result was judged by 50% by a committee and by 50% by the television audience.

FINAL – 7 MARCH 2020
1 Isam B “Bølger” Babak Vakili, Isam Bachiri, Morten Woods 9 Eliminated
2 Ben & Tan “Yes” Emil Lei, Jimmy Jansson, Linnea Deb 1 Superfinalist
3 Maja & De Sarte Sjæle “Den eneste goth i Vejle” Timo Mastrup-Andersen 4 Eliminated
4 Benjamin Kissi “Faith” Benjamin Kissi, Frederik Tao Nordsøe Schjoldan, Gisli Gislason 7 Eliminated
5 Emil “Ville ønske jeg havde kendt dig” Esben Svane, Emil Vestergaard Klausen, Gavyn Bailey, Tim Schou 2 Superfinalist
6 Sys Bjerre “Honestly” Lasse Lyngbo, Sys Bjerre 6 Eliminated
7 Jamie Talbot “Bye Bye Heaven” Tom Oehler, Hampus Eurenius, Aron Blom 10 Eliminated
8 Sander Sanchez “Screens” Jonas Thander, Liam Craig, Christopher Wortley 3 Superfinalist
9 Kenny Duerlund “Forget It All” Henrik Tala, Mila Falls, Patrick Jean, Kenny Duerlund 5 Eliminated
10 Jasmin Rose feat. RoxorLoops “Human” Erik Smaaland, Gavin Jones, Grace Risch, Lise Cabble 8 Eliminated

All three super finalists had been added to this year’s DMGP line-up through the radio semifinals, which makes us believe that these semifinals will be almost certain over time.

In the second round of voting only the public could vote.

1 Ben & Tan “Yes” 61% 1
2 Emil “Ville ønske jeg havde kendt dig” 19% 3
3 Sander Sanchez “Screens” 20% 2