Dansk Melodi Grand Prix
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Location(s) Denmark
Years active 2013–present
Founded by Danmarks Radio (DR)

Dansk Melodi Grand Prix is a music competition organised by Danish public broadcaster Danmarks Radio (DR). It determines the country's representative for the North Vision Song Contest since the 5th edition. The selection has currently 26 editions held.

The contest used semi-finals and final for the 1st edition. The duels were used for the 2nd and 3rd editions with the number of the participating songs were being reduced to eight from sixteen. From the 4th to the 11th edition, there was a final with ten songs, among them the foreign act (4th to 6th and 10th editions) and the returning act (7th edition). For the 10th edition, the format of a talent show was used. Since the 12th edition, the super-final was introduced. However, during the 17th edition the super-final was dropped and only a final was held instead, just like between the 4th and 11th editions

The selection has currently produced 26 winners; the third winner, "Drop Dead Cynical", has been the most successful winner by achieving the first place. With "Skylder dig ik' noget", Denmark held the record for the most successful host country previously held by Sweden with the 14th place and later held by Norway with the 1st place.

Origin and history

Further information: Dansk Melodi Grand Prix

Dansk Melodi Grand Prix is inspired by the same-titled selection of Denmark held for the Eurovision Song Contest. However their only difference is the semi-finals. It is also inspired by the Swedish selection Fantasifestivalen.

Since its television debut, the competition has been one of the most popular television programs in Denmark. The broadcaster decided to provide a live broadcast through their site.

Logo in use between the 1st and 8th editions.

The logo of the selection was introduced in the very 1st edition. The 1st version of the logo features the selection's name in Century font along with pink different-sized stars above the name. The background of the logo as well as the colors of the font and the stars are altered for each edition.

The logo was altered for the first time during the 9th edition of the selection and was presented for the first time during the press conference for the 13th edition of the North Vision Song Contest. It was reportedly said that "the selection needed a logo change after eight editions of having the same logo".

Logo in use between the 9th and 26th editions.

However, the new logo didn't differ much from the old logo. The new logo adapted the Gotham typeface while the stars that were featured in the original logo were taken away and replaced with multiple pink, also different-sized, rings. Just like the first logo of the selection, the background of the logo and the colors of the rings and the font are changed according to the theme of the respective edition.

After 17 editions, the logo was revamped for the third time in the competition's history. This time the logo had more drastic changes. The logo now featured two fonts with "Dansk" on the first line being perfectly aligned with "Melodi Grand Prix" on the second line, instead of the text being aligned to the right. The rings that were featured on the second logo were kept but this time they were interlinked with one another and had different widths. Similarly to the previous two logos, the color of the rings were adjusted to fit the respective theme of the edition. The new logo was first used during the 27th edition.

Selection of participants

Artists and songs

See also: List of Dansk Melodi Grand Prix participants

Sukkerchok participated twice in the selection.

Each artist has the right to submit only one song. However, a composer or lyricist can be a contributor in more than one song. It's not mandatory that the composers will be Danish as acts from other countries are also allowed. Artists are able to apply for the selection once the selection is announced. Songs can be in any language, unless there is a rule applying for that edition. In case the song is not selected for the edition, the same song is able to be submitted for another edition considering that the song wasn't published before the edition.

For the 1st edition, the broadcaster decided to have both entries selected by the juries and public. After the jury selected, a poll was posted on the DR website where the public got the chance to vote for their favorites out of the non-selected contestants.

However, selecting the entries was changed after the 1st edition. Since the 2nd edition, the entries of the selection are only selected by the jury and the broadcaster. The artists could still apply to join the selection but the public was no longer able to select contestants among the non-selected ones.


For the 1st edition, artists from neighbor countries (Sweden, Finland, Norway etc.) could apply and only one of them would be selected to enter the competition while artists from the rest of the world couldn't enter. The foreign entry was removed as the duels were introduced for the 2nd and 3rd editions and was added again in the 4th edition. Since that edition, the artist could be from any country in the rest of the world although DR has been selecting only artists from the Nordics. However, well known artists cannot enter as they are too famous for the contest. The foreign act is usually from the Nordic countries or neighboring countries of Denmark. 

Here is a list of the selected foreign acts:

Edition Artist Place
#01 Flag of Sweden.png Icona Pop 6th
#04 Flag of Sweden.png Sirena 3rd
#05 Flag of Norway.png Sandra Lyng 6th
#06 Flag of Sweden.png Em 7th
#10 Flag of Germany.png Beyond the Black 6th

The foreign act was replaced by the returning act in the 7th edition. The returning act of the edition could be an act that participated either in NVSC or DMGP. It was used again in the 10th edition. Sandra Lyng, the foreign act from Norway in the 5th edition, went on to represent her native country in the 16th edition.



Lise Rønne (left) and Louise Wolff (right) have hosted the selection nine and six times respectively.

The 1st, 2nd and 20th editions are currently the only editions to have three presenters: Lise Rønne, Louise Wolff and Sofie Lassen-Kahlke were the hosts of the first editions while Elize Ryd, Tim Schou and Aura Dione hosted the 20th anniversary edition. The rest of the editions have been hosted either by one or two hosts. Apart from the 20th edition hosts, Medina, who represented the country in the 2nd edition of the North Vision Song Contest and also competed in the 3rd and 13th editions of the selection, is another presenter that has been also a participant in both the contest and the selection.

Louise Wolff, Lise Rønne and Ulla Essendrop are so far the longest-running hosts of the selection; Rønne has hosted nine editions, while Essendrop and Wolff have hosted eight and six editions respectively. Essendrop has hosted all editions as a single host while Rønne has hosted six editions as a single host. Rønne is also the only one to host five editions in a row as a single host. Other hosts of the selection include Jacob Riising and host of the 12th edition of the North Vision Song Contest, Casper Christensen.


The selection can be held anywhere in Denmark. Every city has the right to apply for the contest. However they must uphold some standards like having a venue with capacity over 5,000. DR gets to choose between the applied cities based on their criteria for the host city.

Up to the 26th edition both the Jyske Bank Boxen in Herning and the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen have both hosted the competition on 9 occasions. The rest of the venues have hosted the competition between once and three times‒GigantiumHorsens, Ballerup Super Arena and Arena Fyn and Atletion.

Edition City Venue Capacity Host(s)
#01 Herning Jyske Bank Boxen 15,000 Lise Rønne
Louise Wolff
Sofie Lassen-Kahlke
#03 Aalborg Gigantium 8,500 Bryan Rice
#04 Ballerup Ballerup Super Arena 7,500 Medina
#05 Copenhagen B&W Hallerne 10,000 Louise Wolff
Jacob Riising
#06 Aalborg Gigantium 8,500
#07 Herning Jyske Bank Boxen 15,000
#08 Aalborg Gigantium 8,500 Louise Wolff
#09 Copenhagen B&W Hallerne 10,000 Lise Rønne
Pilou Asbæk
#10 Lise Rønne
#11 Odense Arena Fyn 5,500 Casper Christensen
#12 Horsens Forum Horsens 5,000 Lise Rønne
#14 Atletion Aarhus 19,433
#15 Copenhagen B&W Hallerne 10,000
#17 Herning Jyske Bank Boxen 15,000 Ulla Essendrop
#19 Copenhagen B&W Hallerne 10,000
#20 Herning Jyske Bank Boxen 15,000 Elize Ryd
Aura Dione
Tim Schou
#21 Copenhagen B&W Hallerne 10,000 Ulla Essendrop
#24 Herning Jyske Bank Boxen 15,000
#25 Myrkur
#26 Ulla Essendrop
#27 Copenhagen Royal Arena 16,000 Annette Heick
Kristian Gintberg


DMGP 01: Semi-finals

In the 1st edition of the selection the Fantasifestivalen–format was used. There were two semi-finals in the edition. Each semi-final included eight songs which were selected by the jury of DR and the Danish public. The semi-finals were held the same week with five days between them. Both jury and public had to vote in the final. Four songs from each semi-final qualified to the grand final. The three top scored songs according both the jury and public and the top scored song from the jury were the qualifiers The eight songs from the two semi-finals compete in the final. The voting is the same with the semi-final with each jury awarding their points to their favorite songs. The song with the highest number of points wins the selection and represents the country in the contest.

DMGP 02–03: Duels

After the changes of the selection's format it was decided to completely remove the semi-finals and introduce the duels where two songs will be competing for a place to the next round. There are in total three rounds; the first round includes four duels, the second two and the third and final round includes the final duel which will decide the Danish representative.

In the 3rd edition, the duels included songs by previous Danish representatives, Medina and Aura Dione. The first two duels of the quarter-finals and the first of the semi-finals were held under the name Duels Medina while the rest of the quarter-finals and the semi-finals were held under the name Duels Aura. The final duel included one song from each artist.

DMGP 04–11, 17–: Final

It was decided by DR during the 3rd edition that the format of the selection will change once again. Only one final will be held for each edition and will include, like some other selections, nine native songs and one foreign song.The foreign song had to be from a neighbor country of Denmark. The format was officially announced on 16 January 2014. For the 5th edition, the songs were in the Danish language apart from the foreign act's song, which could be in any language. In the 7th edition the foreign act was dropped down and instead, the returning act was used since that edition.

The format of the selection changed for the 8th edition: the songs were reduced from ten to four and the format of the selection was simplified. Although the format was said to be temporarily changed for that edition, it was later announced that it would be kept for further editions. However, due to the public asking for the previous format to return, it was decided that the 9th edition would return to the format used between the 4th and 7th editions.

The format was used for all the editions between the 4th and 11th except for the 10th, which was decided to be a special edition. The system was brought back to use during the 17th edition after it was decided that the super-final format would be dropped.

DMGP 10: Live shows

Due to celebrating ten editions of the competition, DR decided to change the format only for that edition. The contest had the format of a talent show. There were two stages: the auditions and the live shows. There were thirty artists in the first stage and ten of them advanced to the second stage, the live shows. Five live shows were held with six artists being eliminated during the first three live shows and one at the fourth live show. The fifth live show had three acts with one of them going on to win the competition and represent the country in the contest.

The edition was first scheduled to be held for the 14th edition. The auditions took place in March 2015 and the live shows were expected to start in April 2015. However, as the country ended up in the pre-qualification round and there was almost no time to host the whole show, it was postponed to be held for the 15th edition. The show resumed with the live shows in June 2015.

DMGP 12–16: Super-final

For the 12th edition of the competition, it was decided that the format used between the 4th and 10th editions would change slightly with the super-final being introduced. The four most voted songs of the final advanced to the super-final where the winner of the selection was selected. In both rounds, the voters were international juries. The "Rest of the World" jury included non-participants of the respective edition of the contest.

The last time the super-final was used was the 16th edition before reverting back to the old system of one final.


For the 1st edition, the voting system that was used for the selection was similar to the system used in the contest. The juries award their 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 points to their top eight songs and their total made up the half of the voting. The other half was the televoting, awarding similarly their points to the songs. The voting system changed for the 2nd edition, as the duels were introduced. The voters had 200 points to give to the songs of the duel. However, they couldn't give the same amount of points to the songs or 0 to one song.

In the 4th edition, the voting system changed as the final was introduced. The Northvision–system was used; 1 to 8, 10 and 12 points were given by each jury. In the 5th edition the "Rest of the World" jury would be introduced which combined the votes from the associate members of the NBU. However, after a poll it was decided that the "jury and televoting" system would be used where all the countries are involved; participants of the contest could apply as juries while the rest that did not apply could votes as part of the televoting. Jury was the 60% of the result while the televoting was the rest 40%. In the 6th edition, the countries that applied for juries were divided into groups; the combined result of each group would give to the songs their respective score according their percentage of points from each group. The same system was kept for the 7th edition with the exception of the percantages: the points were the total of points received by the countries in the group.

In the 8th9th and 11th editions. the basic voting system was used. However, in the 9th edition, non-participants votes were combined to make the "Rest of the World" jury. For the 10th edition, there were five countries as part of the jury and the rest countries were part of the televoting and both were 50% of the result. However, in the final all the countries were part of the televoting as the jury had no influence. Since the introduction of the super-final in the 12th edition, the voting system had a minor change. In the first round, the voting was done with the Northvision–system, giving 1 to 8, 10 and 12 points to the songs. However, in the super-final the voters awarded a total of 5,000 votes to the four songs. The voting system changed back to the basic voting of 1 to 8, 10 and 12 for the 17th edition, as the super-final round was dropped.

During the 18th edition, the jury/televoting voting system was brought back, after last being used in the 5th edition. However, this time the juries were not applying but rather being selected by the broadcaster. For the 19th edition the juries were selected through an application phase while for the 20th edition the selection reverted back to the simple voting system which was last used in the 17th edition, and was used up to the 22nd edition. During the 23rd edition, the broadcaster introduced a new voting system: each jury had to rate each song on a scale from 1 to 5, with the winner being the song with the highest average.


The selection has produced 21 winners. Most of the winners have been in the English language with only 4 winners being in the Danish language (1st, 5th, 16th and 19th editions). The second winner marked the first non-qualification of the country. "Drop Dead Cynical" currently holds the record for the best-placed winner of the selection.

Edition Artist Song Composers Position in NVSC
#01 L.I.G.A "Skylder dig ik' noget" Chief 1, Lars Vissing, Remee, Nicky Russell, Feras Agwa 13th
#02 Julie Berthelsen "Butterfly" Rune Braager, Sarah West, Tommy Lee James 11th (SF)
#03 Aura Dione "In Love with the World" Aura Dione, Rick Nowels 11th
#04 Nabiha "Bang that Drum" Nabiha Bensouda, Luciana Caporaso, Carl Ryden, Nick Clow 12th
#05 Nadia Gattas "Rejser gennem tiden" Mads Løkkegaard, Jacob Glæsner, Nadia Gattas 20th
#06 Tim Schou "Supernova" Tim Schou, Xandy Barry 14th
#07 Amaranthe "Drop Dead Cynical" Olof Mörck, Jake E Berg, Elize Ryd 1st
#08 Freya "Into the Fire" Freya Clausen, Daniel Gidlund 21st
#09 Paw&Lina "JKGLDOM" Paw Lagermann, Lina Rafn 18th (SF)
#10 Stine Bramsen "Karma Town" Guðfinnur Ýmir Harðarson, Gunnar Gunnarsson 5th
#11 Nabiha "Kill It with Love" Nabiha Bensouda, Carl Rydén, Carla Marie Williams, Jonathan Coffer 23rd
#12 Sada Vidoo "The Actress" Sada Vidoo 4th
#13 Hannah Schneider "Dreaming Kind" Hannah Schneider, Kristoffer Eriksson, Lina Hansson 14th
#14 Ida Corr "Down" Ida Corr, Daniel Calvin, Andreas Krüger 9th
#15 Aura "Love Somebody" Aura Dione, David Saw, Jonathan Quarmby, Matt Robinson 10th
#16 MAIA "Tordenkys" Maia Daniella Andersen, Peter Bjørnskov, Lene Dissing 20th
#17 Snakehips "Don't Leave" Joe Janiak, Karen Marie Ørsted, Oliver Dickinson, Negin Djafari, DAVIE, Rachel Keen 19th
#18 Sada Vidoo "Iconic" Sada Vidoo, Christoffer Lauridsen, Andreas Öhrn 11th
#19 JÆRV "I staver" Amanda Glindvad 21st
#20 Bladtkramer "While I'm Young" Mads Bladtkramer, Simon Dyrby Christensen, Clara Hagman, Jade Ell, Jacob Uchorczak 12th
#21 Mattis "Loverboy" Mattis Jakobsen, Ole Brodersen Meyer 11th
#22 Ea Kaya "4 AM" Christine Kiberg-Gormsen, Maria Marcus, Daniel Nielsen 14th (SF)
#23 Fallulah "Dysfunctional" Oliver Kraus, Maria Christina Apetri 11th (SF)
#24 Mattis "Fade Into Myself" Mattis Jakobsen, Ole Brodersen Meyer 10th
#25 Maddy "Island" Mathilde Mikkelsen, Julie Aagaard, Karl-Frederik Hilarius Reichhardt, Jon Ørom 11th (SF)
#26 Lydmor "Someone We Used to Love" Jenny Rossander, Christian Vium 12th


Since the 1st edition, an album was released for each of the edition that included the songs competing in the edition as well as some occasional bonus tracks. After every 5th edition a compilation album was released with the "best songs from the competition" under the title Dansk Melodi Grand Prix: The Hits. So far, 24 albums have been released. The best selling album is the 4th compilation album which sold over 250,000 copies.

Title Chart positions Album details
Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 01 2 5 19 22
  • Released: 23 August 2013
  • Sales: 35,000
Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 02 3 8 72 45
  • Released: 19 October 2013
  • Sales: 29,000
Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 03:
Aura Dione vs. Medina
1 6 14 11
  • Released: 10 January 2014
  • Sales: 50,000
Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 04 1 12 88 23 18 99
  • Released: 28 March 2014
  • Sales: 62,000
Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 05 2 4 98
  • Released: 20 June 2014
  • Sales: 41,000
Dansk Melodi Grand Prix:
The Hits, Volume One
1 2 22 18 14 12 35
  • Released: 18 July 2014
  • Sales: 170,000
Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 06 4 2 28 7
  • Released: 1 August 2014
  • Sales: 32,000
Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 07 1 1 38 21 4 18
  • Released: 10 October 2014
  • Sales: 84,000
Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 08 5 31
  • Released: 26 December 2014
  • Sales: 15,000
Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 09 2 6 18 8
  • Released: 7 February 2015
  • Sales: 44,000
Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 10 1 2 43 88 19 16 79
  • Released: 29 May 2015
  • Sales: 88,000
Dansk Melodi Grand Prix:
The Hits, Volume Two
1 1 28 21 4 9 12
  • Released: 10 July 2015
  • Sales: 200,000
Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 11 3 19 64
  • Released: 14 August 2015
  • Sales: 22,000
Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 12 1 2 45 22 15 19 88
  • Released: 30 October 2015
  • Sales: 90,000
Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 13 2 2 81 18 18
  • Released: 29 January 2016
  • Sales: 76,000
Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 14 1 1 26 23 12 10 54
  • Released: 15 April 2016
  • Sales: 99,000
Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 15 1 2 26 14 10 48
  • Released: 8 July 2016
  • Sales: 130,000
Dansk Melodi Grand Prix:
The Hits, Volume Three
1 1 39 21 12 3 22
  • Released: 19 August 2016
  • Sales: 220,000
Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 16 4 12 54 89
  • Released: 9 September 2016
  • Sales: 65,000
Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 17 2 9 22 92
  • Released: 3 March 2017
  • Sales: 73,000
Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 18 1 1 58 25 13 19 62
  • Released: 1 September 2017
  • Sales: 112,000
Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 19 2 1 29 36 71
  • Released: 30 November 2017
  • Sales: 80,000
Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 20 1 1 22 12
  • Released: 30 March 2018
  • Sales: 95,000
Dansk Melodi Grand Prix:
The Hits, Volume Four
1 1 15 9 8 5 15
  • Released: 15 June 2018
  • Sales: 280,000
Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 21 1 1 25 16 8 98
  • Released: 31 August 2018
  • Sales: 110,000
Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 22 4 6 64
  • Released: 10 April 2019
  • Sales: 55,000
Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 23 2 2 13 89
  • Released: 10 July 2019
  • Sales: 100,000
Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 24 1 3 21 78 88
  • Released: 3 February 2020
  • Sales: 125,000
Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 25 3 5 71
  • Released: 25 April 2020
  • Sales: 90,000
Dansk Melodi Grand Prix:
The Hits, Volume Five
1 2 22 14 38
  • Released: 11 June 2020
  • Sales: 195,000
Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 26 1 4 14 29 83
  • Released: 21 July 2020
  • Sales: 150,000
Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 27 1 2 12 21
  • Released: 2 November 2020
  • Sales: 100,000

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