Denmark has officially released the songs for Dansk Melodi Grand Prix (DMGP). Among the ten participants is Anja Nissen, the Australian singer who finished runner-up in 2016. Her song “Where I am” is available for listen here on ESC Daily.
Anja Nissen won The Voice of Australia and afterwards was asked by SBS Australia to go to Eurovision in 2015. In the end, SBS chose for Guy Sebastian instead, after which Anja tried her luck in Denmark (the country her parents are from). In the DMGP final, she narrowly lost out to boyband Lighthouse X, which left her “heartbroken”, according to ESC Daily’s reporter Brandon McCann.
This year, Anja Nissen will try her luck again in Denmark’s final, competing against nine other singers. You can find the full participant’s list below. The songs are all available for listening on the website of DR, HERE on iTunes or HERE on Spotify.
01. Ida Una – ‘One’
02. Thomas Ring – ‘Vesterbro’
03. Rikke Skytte – ‘Color My World’
04. Anja Nissen – ‘Where I Am’
05. Calling Mercury – ‘Big Little Lies’
06. Anthony – ‘Smoke In My Eyes’
07. René Machon – ‘Warriors’
08. Sada Vidoo – ‘Northern Lights’
09. Jeanette Bonde – ‘Hurricane’
10. Johanna Beijbom – ‘A.S.A.P.’
The special guest for the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix final is the 2000 winner for Denmark, The Olsen Brothers. They will be singing their winning song, Fly On The Wings Of Love. DR’s entertainment chief, Jan Lagermand Lundme is very much looking forward to welcoming the winners back to the Grand Prix scene.
No boybands allowed in Denmark
After two years of not qualifying for the grand final with a boy band, broadcaster DR has opted for a national final with only solo artists. There was a large interest, as a record of 1,115 songs were submitted to compete in this years Danish selection, even though they missed out on the final in 2015 and 2016.
The Danes really want to reach the final of the Eurovision Song Contest again, because as a result of the bad results the viewing figures for the contest have fallen significantly.
This year marks the 60th edition of the Danish selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest. Jan Lagermand Lundme the Head of Entertainment at DR has high expectations for the 10 songs competing in this years selection saying: “I am grateful that the ten soloists are so good, because without them you could dream enough so many dreams about qualifying. But with the ten, we can not do better.”
Anja Nissen was born in Winmalee, New South Wales in Australia to Danish parents. Her mother and father emigrated to Australia when they were 11 and 22 years old, respectively. Nissen grew up on her parents’ farm in Winmalee with her older sister and brother.
In 2008, Nissen reached the semi-finals of Season 2 of popular talent-search TV show, Australia’s Got Talent, aged 12. Since then she appeared on a number of TV shows, including Young Talent Time, Mornings with Kerri-Anne and the annual Schools Spectacular. She also performed the Danish national anthem in the company of Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, before winning the third series of The Voice of Australia.