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The search for Anja's successor begins in Denmark

04 July 2017 at 17:04 CEST
Denmark second rehearsal 2017 Thomas Hanses
Who will follow in Anja's footsteps and represent Denmark at the Eurovision Song Contest? Danish broadcaster DR has announced that as of today, submissions for the 2018 national selection, 'Dansk Melodi Grand Prix', are officially open!

Applicants have until 15th September to submit their entries. The Danish selection format for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest includes several rule changes.

Changes in 2018

Songs that are submitted after the deadline may still be in with a chance of being considered for 2018 and if not, then for 2019. The decision was made after discussions with songwriters in the country. It means that there is less pressure to write and submit an entry in two months since songs can be submitted all year round. 

Prospective applicants have been asked to pay particular attention to stage performance and visuals right from the beginning. Broadcaster DR urges that the entries submitted are professionally recorded in a music studio and thoughts about the final production of the track have also been made prior to submission. 

DR has hired Mads Enggaard, who was the viewing room producer in Kyiv, to produce the prospective entries. Mads has a wealth of experience of working with music shows, having worked on the Eurovision Song Contest for the past four years as well as on other shows such as The X Factor. 

How to submit a song?

More information about the selection format is available on the website of DR (Danish only). Foreign songwriters are welcome to submit entries for the 2018 Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, full rules in English are available here

Earlier this year Anja took Denmark to the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time since 2014 with her song Where I Am.

Denmark has won the Eurovision Song Contest three times in total, most recently in 2013 with Only Teardrops performed by Emmelie de Forest.