Dansk Melodi Grand Prix

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Dansk Melodi Grand Prix
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GenrePop music, folk music, classical music, rock music, etc.
Years active1957–present
Founded byDanmarks Radio (DR)
WebsiteDR: Dansk Melodi Grand Prix

Dansk Melodi Grand Prix (pronounced [ˈtænˀsk me̝loˈtiˀ kʁɑn ˌpʰʁi]) is an annual music competition organised by the Danish public broadcaster Danmarks Radio (DR) since 1957, which determines the country's representative for the Eurovision Song Contest. The festival has produced three Eurovision winners and fourteen top-five placings.[1]


DMGP Logo from 2009 to 2014

With the introduction of a semi-final at the 2004 contest, and due to Denmark's absence from the 2003 contest, Denmark's 2004 representative, Tomas Thordarson, had to take part in the semi-final. His song, "Shame on You" did not reach the final, finishing 13th in a field of 22 contestants.

In 2005, DR made a bold step for Dansk Melodi Grand Prix. Artists were allowed, for the first time ever, to sing in a language other than Danish. Many of the entries that year were sung in English; however, against the odds, the winning song was sung in Danish. Jakob Sveistrup won Dansk Melodi Grand Prix with his song "Tænder på dig". It was later re-written for the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 to English as "Talking to You". Unlike the year before, Denmark secured a place in the final, finishing third in the semifinal. In the final he came 9th, guaranteeing Denmark a place in the final of the 2006 contest. A year later, Sidsel Ben Semmane sang "Twist of Love" in the final, but managed to finish 18th of 24 songs.

In 2007, after many poor results, Dansk Melodi Grand Prix adopted a semi-final format that had served well for the Swedish preselection, Melodifestivalen. Two semi-finals with 8 songs each were introduced, with the top 4 songs qualifying for the final. The 4 losing songs of each semi-final then took part in one of two wildcard rounds where the listeners of Danish radio stations P3 and P4 chose another two finalists. The winner under this new format, DQ with the song "Drama Queen" (a wildcard entrant), finished 18th in the semifinal, failing to qualify Denmark for the final again.

DR continued to use this format in the 2008 edition which was won by Simon Mathew and the song "All Night Long". At the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 in Belgrade, Serbia, Denmark as in 2005, finished 3rd in the semifinals, qualifying for the grand final. In the final, Mathew got 60 points, finishing 15th in a field of 25 songs.

For the 2009 of Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, DR reverted to their one-night final, that was held on 31 January 2009. The final of 10 songs consisted of 6 songs from an open call of songs from the public, with 4 songs being invited by DR to compete.[2]


Almost all winners of Dansk Melodi Grand Prix have gone on to represent Denmark at Eurovision. Only two entries did not represent Denmark at Eurovision: the 1996 winner ("Kun med dig" by Dorte Andersen [dk] and Martin Loft [dk]), which failed to qualify for the final from the pre-selection, and the 2020 winner ("Yes" by Ben & Tan), which was slated to be the country's entry before the 2020 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[1] Denmark has won Eurovision three times: in 1963, 2000 and 2013.[3]

Table key
Second place
Third place
Last place
Entry selected but did not compete
Year Host City and Venue Date Song Artist Songwriter(s) Eurovision
1957 Copenhagen (Radiohuset) 17 February "Skibet skal sejle i nat" Birthe Wilke and Gustav Winckler Erik Fiehn, Poul Sørensen 3
1958 Copenhagen (Radiohuset) 16 February "Jeg rev et blad ud af min dagbog" Raquel Rastenni Sven Ulrik, Harry Jensen 8
1959 Copenhagen (Radiohuset) 11 February "Uh, jeg ville ønske jeg var dig" Birthe Wilke Otto Lington, Carl Andersen 5
1960 Copenhagen (Radiohuset) 4 March "Det var en yndig tid" Katy Bødtger Vilfred Kjær, Sven Buemann 10
1961 Fredericia (Fredericia Teater) 19 February "Angelique" Dario Campeotto Aksel V. Rasmussen 5
1962 Copenhagen (Tivolis Koncertsal) 9 February "Vuggevise" Ellen Winther Kjeld Bonfils, Sejr Volmer-Sørensen 10
1963 Copenhagen (Tivolis Koncertsal) 24 February "Dansevise" Grethe and Jørgen Ingmann Otto Francker, Sejr Volmer-Sørensen 1
1964 Copenhagen (Tivolis Koncertsal) 15 February "Sangen om dig" Bjørn Tidmand Aksel V. Rasmussen, Mogens Dam 9
1965 Closed competition 18 February "For din skyld" Birgit Brüel Jørgen Jersild, Poul Henningsen 7
1966 Copenhagen (Tivolis Koncertsal) 6 February "Stop - mens legen er go'" Ulla Pia Erik Kåre 14
1978 Copenhagen (Tivolis Koncertsal) 25 February "Boom Boom" Mabel Peter Nielsen, Andy Kulmbak, Michael Trempenau, Christian Have 16
1979 Søborg (TV-Byen) 3 February "Disco Tango" Tommy Seebach Tommy Seebach, Keld Heick 6
1980 Copenhagen (Falkoner Center) 29 March "Tænker altid på dig" Bamses Venner Bjarne Gren Jensen, Flemming Jørgensen 14
1981 Copenhagen (Valencia) 28 February "Krøller eller ej" Tommy Seebach and Debbie Cameron Tommy Seebach, Keld Heick 11
1982 Søborg (TV-Byen) 13 March "Video, Video" Brixx Jens Brixtofte 17
1983 Søborg (TV-Byen) 5 March "Kloden drejer" Gry Johansen Flemming Gernyx, Lars Christensen, Christian Jacobsen, Billy Cross 17
1984 Søborg (TV-Byen) 18 February "Det' lige det" Kirsten and Søren Søren Bundgaard, Keld Heick 4
1985 Lyngby (ASA Filmudlejning) 9 March "Sku' du spørg' fra no'en?" Kirsten and Søren Søren Bundgaard, Keld Heick 11
1986 Søborg (TV-Byen) 22 February "Du er fuld af løgn" Lise Haavik John Hatting 6
1987 Copenhagen (Tivolis Koncertsal) 28 February "En lille melodi" Anne-Cathrine Herdorf Helge Engelbrecht, Jacob Jonia 5
1988 Søborg (TV-Byen) 27 February "Ka' du se hva' jeg sa'?" Kirsten and Søren Søren Bundgaard, Keld Heick 3
1989 Copenhagen (Bella Center) 25 March "Vi maler byen rød" Birthe Kjær Søren Bundgaard, Keld Heick 3
1990 Copenhagen (Tivolis Koncertsal) 24 March "Hallo Hallo" Lonnie Devantier John Hatting, Torben Lendager, Keld Heick 8
1991 Aarhus (Musikhuset) 16 March "Lige der hvor hjertet slår" Anders Frandsen Michael Elo 19
1992 Aalborg (Aalborghallen) 29 February "Alt det som ingen ser" Kenny Lübcke and Lotte Nilsson Carsten Warming 12
1993 Odense (Odense Kongrescenter) 3 April "Under stjernerne på himlen" Tommy Seebach Band Tommy Seebach, Keld Heick 22
1995 Søborg (TV-Byen) 25 March "Fra Mols til Skagen" Aud Wilken Lise Cabble, Mette Mathiesen 5
1996 Søborg (TV-Byen) 9 March "Kun med dig" Dorte Andersen and Martin Loft Jascha Richter, Keld Heick DNQ X
1997 Søborg (TV-Byen) 1 March "Stemmen i mit liv" Kølig Kaj Lars Pedersen, Thomas Lægård 16
1999 Søborg (TV-Byen) 13 March "Denne gang" Michael Teschl and Trine Jepsen Ebbe Ravn 8[a]
2000 Copenhagen (Cirkusbygningen) 19 February "Smuk som et stjerneskud" Olsen Brothers Jørgen Olsen 1[b]
2001 Herning (Messecenter Herning) 17 February "Der står et billede af dig på mit bord" Rollo and King Søren Poppe, Thomas Brekling, Stefan Teilmann Laub Nielsen 2[c]
2002 Copenhagen (Cirkusbygningen) 9 February "Vis mig hvem du er" Malene Mortensen Michael Ronson 24[d]
2004 Aarhus (Atletion) 7 February "Sig det' løgn" Tomas Thordarson Ivar Lind Greiner, Iben Plesner[e] DNQ
2005 Horsens (Forum Horsens) 12 February "Tænder på dig" Jakob Sveistrup Andreas Mørck, Jacob Launbjerg 9[f]
2006 Aalborg (Gigantium) 11 February "Twist of Love" Sidsel Ben Semmane Niels Drevsholt 18
2007 Holstebro (Musikteatret; semi-final 1)
Aalborg (Aalborghallen; semi-final 2)
Horsens (Forum Horsens; final)
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10 February "Drama Queen" DQ Simon Munk, Peter Andersen DNQ
2008 Copenhagen (DR Byen; semi-finals)
Horsens (Forum Horsens; final)
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2 February "All Night Long" Simon Mathew Jacob Launbjerg, Svend Gudiksen, Nis Bøgvad 15
2009 Herning (Messecenter Herning) 31 January "Believe Again" Niels Brinck Lars Halvor Jensen, Martin Møller Larsson, Ronan Keating 13
2010 Aalborg (Gigantium) 6 February "In a Moment Like This" Chanée and N'evergreen Thomas G:son, Henrik Sethsson, Erik Bernholmis 4
2011 Ballerup (Ballerup Super Arena) 26 February "New Tomorrow" A Friend In London Lise Cabble, Jakob Glæsner 5
2012 Aalborg (Gigantium) 21 January "Should've Known Better" Soluna Samay Remee, Chief 1, Amir Sulaiman, Isam Bachiri 23
2013 Herning (Jyske Bank Boxen) 26 January "Only Teardrops" Emmelie de Forest Lise Cabble, Julia Fabrin Jakobsen, Thomas Stengaard 1
2014 Odense (Arena Fyn) 8 March "Cliché Love Song" Basim Lasse Lindorff, Kim Nowak-Zorde, Daniel Fält 9
2015 Aalborg (Gigantium) 7 February "The Way You Are" Anti Social Media Remee S. Jackman, Chief 1 DNQ
2016 Horsens (Forum Horsens) 13 February "Soldiers of Love" Lighthouse X Sebastian F. Ovens, Daniel Lund Jørgensen, Katrine Klith Andersen, Søren Bregendal, Johannes Nymark, Martin Skriver DNQ
2017 Herning (Jyske Bank Boxen) 25 February "Where I Am" Anja Nissen Anja Nissen, Angel Tupai, Michael D'Arcy 20
2018 Aalborg (Gigantium) 10 February "Higher Ground" Rasmussen Niclas Arn, Karl Eurén 9
2019 Herning (Jyske Bank Boxen) 23 February "Love Is Forever" Leonora Lise Cabble, Melanie Wehbe, Emil Lei 12
2020 Copenhagen (Royal Arena) 7 March "Yes" Ben and Tan Emil Rosendal Lei, Jimmy Jansson, Linnea Deb Cancelled X
2021 Copenhagen (DR Byen) 6 March "Øve os på hinanden" Fyr & Flamme Laurits Emanuel DNQ
2022 Herning (Jyske Bank Boxen) 5 March "The Show" Reddi Chief 1, Ihan Haydar, Julia Fabrin, Remee Jackman, Siggy Savery DNQ



Year Album Peak positions Weeks at #1 Certification
2001 MGP 2001 1 3
2002 MGP 2002 1 7
2003 MGP 2003 1 4
2004 MGP 2004 1 3
2005 MGP 2005 1 3
2006 MGP 2006 1 2
2007 MGP 2007 1 4
2008 MGP 2008: Det er bare noget, vi leger! 1 3
2009 MGP 2009 1 2
2011 MGP 2011 1 5
2012 MGP 2012 1 6
2013 MGP 2013 1 4
2014 MGP 2014 1 8
2015 MGP 2015 1 6
2016 MGP 2016 1 2
2017 MGP 2017 2
2018 MGP 2018 1
2019 MGP 2019 1
2020 MGP 2020 2
2021 MGP 2021 1
2022 MGP 2022 1


Year Album Peak positions Weeks at #1 Certification
2015 Melody Grand Prix 2015 7 N/A

De vindere series

Year Album Peak positions Certification
2004 MGP 2004 - De 3 vindere 11
2005 MGP 2005 - De 3 vindere 12
2006 MGP 2006 - De 3 vindere 11
2007 MGP 2006 - De 3 vindere 24
2008 MGP 2008 - Vinderne 33


Year Album Peak positions Certification
2014 MGP Jul 7

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Notes and references[edit]


  1. ^ Performed at Eurovision as "This Time I Mean It"
  2. ^ Performed at Eurovision as "Fly on the Wings of Love"
  3. ^ Performed at Eurovision as "Never Ever Let You Go"
  4. ^ Performed at Eurovision as "Tell Me Who You Are"
  5. ^ Performed at Eurovision as "Shame on You"
  6. ^ Performed at Eurovision as "Talking to You"


  1. ^ a b "DENMARK at the EUROVISION SONG CONTEST". www.eurovisioncovers.co.uk. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  2. ^ Hondal, Víctor (25 August 2008). "Denmark: One-day Melodi Grand Prix in 2009". ESCToday. Archived from the original on 27 August 2008. Retrieved 25 August 2008.
  3. ^ "Denmark - Eurovision Song Contest Tel Aviv 2019". eurovision.tv. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d "MGP discography". danishcharts.dk. Retrieved 9 May 2014.
  5. ^ "Album Top-40 Uge 8, 2018". Hitlisten. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  6. ^ "Album Top-40 Uge 9, 2019". Hitlisten. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  7. ^ "Album Top-40 Uge 9, 2020". Hitlisten. Retrieved 11 March 2020.
  8. ^ "Album Top-40 Uge 9, 2021". Hitlisten. Retrieved 10 March 2021.
  9. ^ "Album Top-40 Uge 9, 2022". Hitlisten. Retrieved 9 March 2022.

External links[edit]

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