Eurovision 2020

Denmark: DR confirms Eurovision 2020 participation

Dansk Melodi Grand Prix will return to Copenhagen for the first time in 18 years!

Prior to the Grand Final of Eurovision 2019 even airing, NRK already confirmed Norway’s participation for the 2020 contest. Now, their Southern neighbours, Denmark, have joined them. DR, the Danish broadcaster for Eurovision, have confirmed their participation, along with some changes ahead of next year’s Dansk Melodi Grand Prix. Other countries to confirm their participation include Belgium and the Czech Republic.

Despite declining ratings for their national final, Dansk Melodi Grand Prix will return to select the Danish entry for 2020. Taking place at the Royal Arena; next year’s edition marks the first time the national final will be in Copenhagen for 18 years.

The Melodi Grand Prix is ​​a special part of our cultural heritage, which year after year manages to gather the Danes across generations and parts of the country. After 17 years, we look forward to welcoming the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix back in Copenhagen to a huge folk party for both young and old.

Frank Jensen, The Mayor of Copenhagen, comments on DMGP’s return to the capital

The show will take place on Saturday 7 March, and tickets are available now. This will once again make Denmark one of the later countries to select their artist and song for the contest.

Denmark in the Eurovision Song Contest

Denmark first appeared in the contest in the second edition in 1957 and participated a total of 46 times. It has won the contest three times: in 1963 with Grethe and Jørgen Ingmann, in 2000 with the Olsen Brothers and 2013 with Emmelie de Forest. Since the introduction of the semi-finals in 2004, it failed to reach the final on four occasions. 

In 2018, Rasmussen’s flew the Danish flag in Lisbon with Higher Ground. He reached 9th place in the grand final with 229 points, having won the televote in semi-final 2. This marked Denmark’s first top 10 result since 2014 when the contest took place on home soil.

This year, 20-year-old Leonora continued the country’s success with “Love Is Forever”. She qualified from her semi-final and ended up placing 12th in the Grand Final with 120 points!

Are you looking forward to DMGP 2020? Who would you like to see represent Denmark next year? Let us know! Be sure to stay updated by following @ESCXTRA on Twitter@escxtra on Instagram and liking our Facebook page for the latest updates!

Costa Christou

Ever since I saw Helena Paparizou's triumph at Eurovision in 2005 (at the tender age of 6), I have been crazy about Eurovision. From the regional native language bops and shrieky female-led balladry to the sophisticated avant garde pop songs and chart-friendly EDM, I love everything about this cultural phenomenon. I'm currently working as a Delivery Manager in a software development team.

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