The 8 songs in the running to represent Denmark at the 66th Eurovision Song Contest in Turin have been revealed today, along with the 8 artists who will be performing them on the night of the Danish national final in March.
Fra Mols til Skagen, Danes up and down the country will be listening to the selection of Melodi Grand Prix songs that were released today, by Danish broadcaster DR. In Denmark’s pre-selection for the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest, 8 songs will compete to become the Nordic nation’s hopeful in Turin.
On Saturday 5 March, Tina Müller and Martin Brygmann will host Denmark’s annual Melodi Grand Prix from Jyske Bank Boxen in Herning, turning the sizable arena into a glittering 'Dansk dansegulv’ for one night only.
New voting unveiled
In a brand-new element to the voting process, this year DR have introduced an app to proceedings. The people of Denmark will have the opportunity to vote in the Melodi Grand Prix app in the week leading up to the main event. From Monday 28 February to Friday 4 March, Danes can cast 1 vote on each song every day. Then, in Saturday’s big final, once all songs have been performed, these app votes will be combined with votes made throughout the evening, after which 8 songs become 3. These 3 songs will then be performed once more, and Danish viewers will be able to vote for their favourite to secure that sought-after ticket to Turin.
The 8 Melodi Grand Prix hopefuls
The 8 songs, and the 8 artists who will be performing them:
Patrick Dorgan: Vinden Suser Ind
(Lyrics and music: Patrick Dorgan, Ole Bjørn Sørensen, Jeppe Kronback and Daniel Scheffmann)
An artist who has been around on the Danish pop scene for almost a decade, it was the strength of his competing entry that made him finally look towards that Melodi Grand Prix stage in Herning. Patrick released his debut album in 2015, and has since released a well-received Christmas tune, as well as a single with Alphabeat’s Stine Bramsen.
'I was deeply moved the first time I heard this song, which is about a broken and wounded heart. The song is so relatable, and I’m sure most people will recognise how it is to have lost or to be afraid of losing someone you care about. This is my first song in Danish, and maybe that’s precisely why it has crept under my skin like this’
Full Effekt: Rave Med De Hårde Drenge
(Lyrics and music: Alexander Scott Dyrbye, Zachary Rune Dyrbye, Claus Valdorff Thomsen and Kasper Bruhn Nielsen)
Comprised of Zacdaddy, Beefsupreme, Spytclaus and DJ Speakr, Full Effekt are a self-professed band of a good-time guys, who initially bonded over their shared love of music and humour. They promise to get the party started for Danish viewers on that Saturday night in March, hinting towards something of a culture shock being in store.
'The song is a tribute to those who do their thing shamelessly, and to those who are often looked down upon because they are a little different. We’re going all in because we know that Denmark is ready to party with us. The ambition is to write ourselves into 'Melodi Grand Prix’ history’
REDDI: The Show
(Lyrics and music: Siggy Savery, Chief1, Ihan Haydar, Remee Jackman and Julia Fabrin)
Ihan Haydar on drums, Ida Bergkvist on bass, Agnes Roslund on guitar and Siggy Savery, who plays guitar and sings, are all set to make a big impression on Denmark next month, when they make their debut as REDDI on the Melodi Grand Prix stage. The band were put together by drummer Ihan along with one of the Danish music industry’s biggest names in pop over the past couple of decades, Chief1 (Lars Pedersen).
'It’s a song that encourages you to listen to yourself and go after your dreams, no matter what others say and think. We want to inspire you to never hold back, no matter what you want in life!'
Morten Fillipsen: Happy Go Lucky
(Lyrics and music: Morten Fillipsen)
He catapulted to fame 20 years ago when he took to the MGP Junior stage, and since then he’s released music under the artist moniker In Memoirs, as well as with the band The Grenadines. Now, he sees no more fitting a way to celebrate his 20-year anniversary in music, than by competing in Melodi Grand Prix 2022.
'It’s been a long time since I last stood on a stage under my own name! 'Happy Go Lucky’ is a caring reminder – also to myself – about being a little bit more happy, naive and carefree in life: a bit like when you were a child and did not take life so seriously.'
Josie Elinor & Jack Warren: Let Me Go
(Lyrics and music: Mikkel Sørensen, Katrine Brixen, Benjamin Rosenbohm and Julie Aagaard)
Ever since biology student Josie Elinor and carpentry-educated Jack Warren were put together at a songwriting camp, they have clicked over their similar taste in music. Every Sunday, the pair get together to exchange thoughts, tunes and lyrics with each other, but when they finally get to sing at Melodi Grand Prix, it will the very first time that they will have performed live together.
'It is a fantastic song about love and relationships. We can all relate to the huge doubt and uncertainty one can sometimes feel when in a relationship. It will be a huge honour for us to sing it to the whole of Denmark’
Juncker: Kommet For At Blive
(Lyrics and music: Christian Juncker)
With 6 albums and hits aplenty behind him, Juncker has been a well-known name on the Danish music scene for over a quarter of a century, during which his signature sound has been pop-rock with relatable lyrics in Danish. With his Melodi Grand Prix song, he promises something more abstract, emotional and personal.
'It is a song about letting go, saying yes to each other, the freedom and the courage to be exactly who you are. It’s about being present in the moment, about seizing the opportunities that life now offers – and it is personal to me and contains many images and stories from my own life.'
Der Var Engang: En Skønne Dag
(Lyrics and music: Emma Pi Hedeboe, Rasmus Hedeboe and Claus Reenber)
Der Var Engang consists of daughter Emma Pi and father Rasmus, who have played and sung together ever since Emma Pi learned to sing when she was very young. While Rasmus has toured the country with his own music, Emma Pi stole the hearts of the Danish public when she won the MGP Junior in 2014. As well as the same genes, the pair also share a mutual love of Danish poetry and country music.
'The song is like a warm, hopeful and life-affirming embrace that tells the story that everything will get better again – that no matter what, the dark clouds lighten at some point, and then it all suddenly looks bright again.'
(Lyrics and music: Moh Denebi, Rachel Furner, Jon Nørgaard, Patrick Dalton and Nikolaj Pellegrini)
Behind Conf3ssions are the three gospel talents Laura Lindell, Tobias Callesen and Sara Callesen. The young singers know each other’s voices very well by this point: while Tobias and Sara are siblings, Laura is a self-proclaimed 'bonus sister’, and they have bonded with each other through a common fascination with choir and gospel music. The trio have been singing together all their lives.
'This is a song of gratitude that contains everything we love about gospel: the community, the party and the enthusiasm for the music, and the fact that you can just go a little extra crazy on stage! We hope that everyone in the audience thinks 'how cool it is to be alive’ when we have sung.'