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Party for the people in Odense

Updates: 17 March…in his #melfest review @misterjorgensen calls #drgrandprix a “humourless, rule-filled endurance test” while cool Danish online news mag Atlas thanks Birthe for the music, finds show manufactured and soulless. In the deeply serious daily Information Georg Metz makes a few rhetorical flourishes on the way to concluding that DR lacks self critique…22 March: DMGP songs in the Danish charts

In terms of viewing figures, DMGP garnered 1.8 million, the same as last year despite the win, while  #melfest on 3.3 million maintained its downward trajectory.

14 songs and just over a week still to go in national final season. Last night both Sweden and Denmark eschewed New Folk, going for a seventh time lucky schlager ballad sung by a Viking and a catchy 1980s Eurovision ditty from an X Factor reject respectively.

SVT’s slick show had a good flow, kicking off with the ultimate Wonderful Copenhagen from Charlotte Perelli on a rock, now being talked up as host for 2015. Nordic noir reference? Check. The votes from the Danish jury (what?) were read out by Saga from The Bridge

DR gave some of its shiny new ideas a run out on the locals, but you would have to be a real fan to be energised by the prospect of seeing Danni Elmo’s Instagram pics. They also pushed a branded hashtag for the night – having tried #arvingerneDR for the latest Sunday night drama to little avail.

According to Danish Twitter counter Overskrift #drgrandprix has garnered a stonking 12K + tweets in the last 24 hours, and not all of them by Grand Prix DR aka @escdk14 (oh stop it) either – the Danish Twitterati were out in force. Last year’s final garnered just over 14K tweets. Amidst the veritable tsunami of coverage – 144 new photos on Facebook, anyone – was a whoops fingers! #selfie:

The show itself left me with a few questions:

  • why did our winner Basim (4th in X Factor DK 2008) perform in front of a Dannebrog (Danish flag), obscuring the giant #joinus diamond which otherwise dominated proceedings? Bryan Rice would also like to know…update, 17 March: this ran and ran, reaching the satire stage of the news cycle by Tuesday; see Eurovisionary for the full story – at the mo it seems no Dannebrog for Basim
  • nice to see Marcel (2nd in X Factor DK 2009 as part of Alien Beat Club) again – whatever happened the other ABCers?
  • X Factor DK had a Eurovision evening on Friday, how about that! judge Remee, who discovered Basim back in 2008, doesn’t have a great Eurovision record (No Angels, Soluna), could that be an omen?
  • Jakob Riising, why? educational interludes made for a choppy change of tone

Amid rumours of backstage armtwisting, in the end no one rained on Emmelie’s parade. Let’s finish by looking at the two national finals through the medium of the interval act.

Stockholm basked in the joy which is an Abba medley – although maybe not so much in the extended version of Chiquitita. Nice touch with our hosts Anders and Nour, who we’ve taken to our hearts for having personalities, redoing Robin. Shame Robin didn’t redo Robin. Meanwhile over in Odense we had a buckets of folkelig cheer – and more community singing – with Queen Birthe Kjær et al all piling on stage to celebrate the joy of second (and third) place. Olsen Bros doublebooked, or saving themselves for May? It all went down swimmingly with the home crowd. We give you, Sweden a sleek global mastodon:

Denmark strictly a homegrown affair:

They’ll need to step things up a gear in May.


The #dmgp 10 revealed

The participants in this year’s Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, aka the Danish national final, were released yesterday (translation) in a surprise move possibly prompted by some leakage. Snippets and a press conference due on 17 February.

Many people have already bemoaned the fact that #dmgp is taking place on Super Saturday, 8 March, the same evening as Sweden’s #melfest final, and it’s not quite clear why it’s so late this year – maybe to allow the excitement on Fyn to reach fever pitch, or perhaps the Olsen Bros were busy in January.

The 10 participants are a little underwhelming, including two returnees (Bryan Rice: “it’s almost my duty to take part”, err no…), Basim from X Factor 2008 with two songs (Gud bevare Danmark) a reality show star, assorted girls ready to blur lines…bored already. Looks like Denmark doesn’t want to do the double, instead it’s onwards and upwards to Euro 2020.

As a public service here’s DR’s list of #dmgp participants’ Twitter handles:

They can do word clouds now too, and it’s rather lovely:

#dmgp song title word cloud

Boom boom! Party for everybody

How can the rest of Denmark – including the good people of Herning – get involved in #escdk? Wonderful Copenhagen asked Christian Have for advice (på dansk only).

Christian, creative director of Have Communications, puts forward some ideas aimed at building an exciting danski parallel mini-universe in the months up to May. A package of concepts targeted at local actors such as councils, cultural centres and music schools should ensure that #escdk is not a closed event, experienced by the majority of Danes from their TV screen, but a real “people’s festival”.

A local #escdk could consist simply of a big screen in the town square, with pre-concert entertainment and appearances by local musicians. Going a step further, it could celebrate more than 50 years of #escdk history – who’s your local #dmgp star? Let new musicians reinterpret their song if they are not available. Danes could also be invited to share their memories, relive the highlights from years gone by and take part in lookey likey and fan competitions on a national digital platform. (Yes they could, but it wouldn’t work.)

We’re willing to bet some of these ideas are already being put into action, what with Christian being on WoCo’s board. And there’s more – Christian was the one with the big drum in Mabel, 16th in Eurovision 1978:

What 872 teardrops + 4 wild cards equals

Update, 11 Nov: not only are there MORE songs they are even BETTER songs! Team Danmark to win again!!

Being a librarian by training I’m a curation fiend and can’t resist the impulse to put things in orderly rows. So here’s a bulleted list of the coverage of yesterday’s news story about submissions to #dmgp, taken from a scan of the headlines on ESC Buzz and the #escdk and #dmgp tags on Twitter.

So there you have it. Total: 10. Reportage: 6, journalistic values: 3, snark: 1.

Here’s an old favourite from #dmgp 2009, a vintage year:

“Where words fail…”: spring in Odense

Update, 8pm: another dansk only output from DR on the event. Here’s the gist: it’s gonna be great.

With October come the first signs of the dreaded Danish winter – think grey skies, grey clothes, grey people – but here’s a welcome reminder of spring in the shape of the Danish national final, aka Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, to be held in Odense on 8 March. Hosting duties were officially handed over today, an occasion attended by some old friends:

Yay! See too the video of the boys in action and answering some tricky questions. Despite our encouragement on Twitter, apparently they are “too busy” to enter #dmgp this time around, but we’re sure there will still be sightings in May.

Anyway, back to Odense. All this has never really been news – they kinda booked their spot by not bidding for the big one, and it’s been an open secret since July, but hey! now it’s official. Basically muggins turn, says DR’s Rasmus Ladefoged (great name that), part of a Eurovision spring in Denmark, totally coincidentally taking place on the same day as International Women’s Day and something called Melodifestivalen.

Odense, on the drive through island of Fyn (Funen if you must), is your classic fairy tale Danish town. There’s more to do there than in Herning (there’s more to do anywhere than in Herning), although most of it revolves round Hans Christian Andersen – even the pedestrian crossings get in on the act:

Odense’s Andersen Ampelmann (credit: Kate goes some places)

Anker Boye, the local Boris Johnson and a big cheese in Danish local politics, says Odense is no ploughed field and it won’t all be about Hans Christian – do we believe him? With Eurovision itself going urban it’s hard to imagine being able to avoid marzipan and ducklings.

As both Hans Christian and Abba said let’s let the music speak…1993, the last time #dmgp was held in Odense, marked Tommy Seebach‘s last hurrah. This mashup with son Rasmus doesn’t quite work but is still rather touching:

22nd out of 25, and for singing in the round too.