Danish final returns to Copenhagen15 October 2010 at 21:58 CEST
For the past eight years the coveted Danish final or Dansk Melodi Grand Prix has taken place in Jylland but now it is returning to the Copenhagen Region, which hosted the Eurovision Song Contest at the Parken Stadium in 2001.
DR Head of Entertainment, Jan Lagermand Lundme described Dansk Melodi Grand Prix as being "the Crown Jewel of Danish entertainment". With this so-called institution comes responsibility and this responsibility has been bestowed upon the Ballerup Super Arena, located in the municipality of Ballerup some 15 kilometres west of Copenhagen City Centre. Mr Lundme went on to say "We're building up to a huge party and with that in mind it is Ballerup and its Super Arena that's in a position to carry it off".
As in the past two years when Herning in 2009 and Aalborg in 2010 hosted the Danish final, Ballerup will become the Grand Prix City in the week leading up to the final with various events being held all over the town.
Ballerup Super Arena is well known for hosting major concerts for international superstars including Backstreet Boys, Bryan Adams and Rihanna. For the show itself, there will be space for 6500 people to view the Danish final live, making it one of the larger national finals in Europe.
As previously reported here on Eurovision.tv, a record 663 entries were received by DR for 2011 of which only six will make it to Ballerup in February. A further four wildcards will also compete and are being commissioned by DR.
Earlier this year in Oslo, Norway, Chanée & N'evergreen achieved a very respectable fourth place with their entry, In A Moment Like This.
Whoever wins in Ballerup will take part in one of the semi-finals of the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest, which will take place on the 10th and 12th of May and possibly the final on the 14th of May next year at the Fortuna Arena in Düsseldorf, Germany.