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Friday, February 4, 2011

Denmark goes international

DR has revealed the ten entries taking part in the 2011 edition of Dansk Melodi Grand Prix - a big event since the Danes really upscaled their national finals again in the last few years.

Given the grand production of last year's national final, not to mention the excellent (if still, in my eyes, a bit surprising) fourth place achieved in Oslo, one would think that the crème de la crème of Danish entertainment would fight it out this year.

But no, the ten finalists contains rather a large number of non-Danes as writers, co-writers and performers. Even DR's own blogger Johann Sørensen point this out: Why have unknown Englishmen and Americans sing, was it impossible to find suitable Danish singers?

The same criticism was around in Germany in the late 60's and early 70's, when ARD sent Wenche Myhre (Norway), Siw Malmkvist (Sweden) and Gitte (Denmark) to represent them.

I'm sure that a Finnish entry composed by the Pet Shop Boys and performed by Madonna would score well. It just wouldn't feel all that Finnish.

I hope the good people of DR know what they are doing.

The most well-known foreigner in the starting block is Jenny Berggren, former vocalist of Ace of Base - one of Sweden's biggest pop exports ever. There is even a logical link, as Ace of Base were signed to a Danish label after being rejected by the main labels in their native Sweden. Time for Jenny Berggren to give something back?

Jenny Berggren - Here I Am

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