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Denmark in the Eurovision Song Contest 2024


Denmark in the Eurovision Song Contest 2024


Denmark is set to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2024 in Malmö, Sweden, with "Sand" performed by Saba. The Danish broadcaster DR organised the national final Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2024 in order to select the Danish entry.

Background

Prior to the 2024 contest, Denmark has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest fifty-one times since their first entry in 1957. Denmark has won the contest, to this point, on three occasions: in 1963 with the song "Dansevise" performed by Grethe and Jørgen Ingmann, in 2000 with the song "Fly on the Wings of Love" performed by Olsen Brothers, and in 2013 with the song "Only Teardrops" performed by Emmelie de Forest. In 2021, 2022 and 2023, "Øve os på hinanden" performed by Fyr og Flamme, "The Show" performed by Reddi and "Breaking My Heart" performed by Reiley all failed to qualify Denmark to the final.

The Danish national broadcaster, DR, broadcasts the event within Denmark and organises the selection process for the nation's entry. Denmark has selected all of their Eurovision entries thus far through the national final Dansk Melodi Grand Prix. DR confirmed its intention to participate at the 2024 Eurovision Song Contest on 12 May 2023, announcing that Dansk Melodi Grand Prix would again be organised in order to select Denmark's entry for the contest.

Before Eurovision

Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2024

Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2024 was the 54th edition of Dansk Melodi Grand Prix (DMGP), the music competition that selects Denmark's entries for the Eurovision Song Contest. The event was held on 17 February 2024 at the DR Koncerthuset in Copenhagen, and was hosted by Sara Bro and Stéphanie Surrugue. The show was broadcast on DR1 and on DR's online platform DR TV.

Format

Eight acts competed in one show where the winner was determined over two rounds of voting. In the first round, open between 10 and 16 February 2024 and again during the live final of 17 February, the top three songs qualified to a superfinal, where a second voting round determined the winner. The results of both rounds were based on the 50/50 combination of votes from the public and a 20-member jury panel (a larger one than in previous editions), composed for the first time since 2012 of ten international members – from the five most recent winning countries, i.e. Sweden, Ukraine, Italy, the Netherlands and Israel – alongside ten Danish professionals. Viewers were able to vote each song once per round via a new version of the mobile application introduced in the 2023 edition or, during the live show, via SMS. Artists were given the option of a live orchestra accompaniment for their live performances.

Competing entries

On 29 August 2023, DR opened a submission period until 27 October 2023 for artists and composers to submit their entries. Songs could be submitted and performed in any language, however, in order to qualify to compete, at least one composer, lyricist or performer had to be a Danish citizen or exhibit connection to Denmark (such as permanent residence in the country or marriage to a Danish citizen). By the end of the submission window, around 600 entries had been received. DR also selected contestants by direct invitation of artists from the Danish music scene. The selection process was completed on 27 October 2023, with the selected entries announced and released on 25 January 2024; they were presented in a dedicated programme hosted by Fyr og Flamme on 10 February, one week before the final. Among the entrants was Basim, who represented Denmark in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014. For the first time in the history of the event, none of the competing entries contained lyrics in the Danish language, all of them being in English.

Final

The final took place on 17 February 2024.

Ratings

Promotion

As part of the promotion of her participation in the contest, Saba confirmed her presence at the Melfest WKND event in Stockholm on 8 March 2024, the PrePartyES in Madrid on 30 March 2024, the Barcelona Eurovision Party on 6 April 2024, the London Eurovision Party on 7 April 2024, the Eurovision in Concert event in Amsterdam on 13 April 2024, and the Copenhagen Eurovision Party (Malmöhagen) on 4 May 2024. She was also set to perform at the Nordic Music Celebration's Eurovision Night in Oslo on 20 April 2024 but was forced to be absent due to undisclosed personal reasons.

Calls for boycott

The inclusion of Israel in the list of participants for the Eurovision Song Contest 2024 despite the ongoing humanitarian crisis resulting from Israeli military operations in the Gaza Strip during the Israel–Hamas war sparked controversy in Denmark as well as several other participating countries, with calls and petitions for broadcasters to boycott the event. By mid-January 2024, Gustav Lützhøft, head of culture, children and youth at DR, stated that the broadcaster would support Israel's participation, leading to demonstrations outside the DR Koncerthuset during the announcement of DMGP contestants on 25 January, calling for the broadcaster or the eventual winning artist to boycott the contest. None of the entrants expressed their overt support for a boycott; Ublu later stated their opposition to Israel's participation ahead of the show.

While not mentioning Israel's participation in the contest, on 29 March 2024, Saba released a joint statement with other Eurovision 2024 entrants – namely Bambie Thug (Ireland), Gåte (Norway), Iolanda (Portugal), Megara (San Marino), Mustii (Belgium), Nemo (Switzerland), Olly Alexander (United Kingdom), Silvester Belt (Lithuania) and Windows95man (Finland) – calling for "an immediate and lasting ceasefire" in Gaza as well as the return of the Israeli hostages held by Hamas.

At Eurovision

The Eurovision Song Contest 2024 will take place at the Malmö Arena in Malmö, Sweden, and consist of two semi-finals held on the respective dates of 7 and 9 May and the final on 11 May 2024. All nations with the exceptions of the host country and the "Big Five" (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final will progress to the final. On 30 January 2024, an allocation draw was held to determine which of the two semi-finals, as well as which half of the show, each country will perform in; the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) split up the competing countries into different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot. Denmark was scheduled for the first half of the second semi-final. The shows' producers then decided the running order for the semi-finals; Denmark was set to perform in position 7, following the entry from Austria and before the entry from Armenia.

In Denmark, all the shows will be broadcast on DR1 as well as online via DR TV, with commentary provided by Ole Tøpholm. In addition, as part of the Eurovision programming, DR and SVT collaborated with other EBU member broadcasters – namely ARD/WDR, the BBC, ČT, ERR, France Télévisions, NRK, NTR, RÚV, VRT and Yle – to produce and air a documentary titled ABBA – Against the Odds, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Sweden's first victory at the contest with "Waterloo" by ABBA.

Notes

References

External links

  • Official DR Eurovision site

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