This year’s songs for Dansk Melodi Grand Prix hit iTunes and Spotify at midnight last night. It quickly became apparent that another country could be eliminated from the list of potential Eurovision contenders.
The three most popular of the 10 songs will advance to the super final. The winner will be determined by televoting and a 5-person fan jury panel.
- Ida Una – One
- Thomas Ring – Vesterbro
- Rikke Skytte – Colour My World
- Anja – Where I am
- Calling Mercury – Big Little Lies
- Anthony – Smoke In My Eyes
- René Machon – Warriors
- Sada Vidoo – Northern Lights
- Jeanette Bonde – Hurricane
- Johanna Beijbom – ASAP
The makeup of the entries is higher this year, but the better songs are still inferior to Heart Shaped Hole and Suitcase, the two preferred winners in 2015 and 2016.
Ida Una’s One is radio friendly, but rather repetitive and in need of greater development. A song that relies too heavily on too many whoooos and ahhhhhs, or in this case the word One dragged out to fill nearly ten syllables, just smacks of lazy ass writing. It has the pacing and rhythm that tends to appeal to Danish televoters, but this is so lame.
Continuing the tropical house vibe, Thomas Ring performs the only Danish language song. With an international jury, this sort of song would tend to be ignored, but a fan jury might be swayed by the 2011 X Factor winner.
Rikke Skytte probably has the real coffin slot here being followed by 2016 runner-up, Anja. Colour My World is another song bereft of stronger writing with the song title being repeated ad nauseum. Where I Am starts like a 90s Soul II Soul release, but builds into a solid pop ballad, albeit slightly beige and monotonous.
Despite DR hinting that bands and duets would be banned this year, Calling Mercury serve up the delicate Travis-inspired Big Little Lies. Given male bands have won the previous two contests, it would be foolish to write off Calling Mercury’s chances. However, the subtle nature of the song might see it forgotten after Anthony’s lively Smoke In My Eyes. Anthony was one half of duo Anthony Jasmine who won the 2014 series of X Factor. From the linked video, it’s clear Anthony is more than capable of performing upbeat songs, and with a Basim-type presentation, he could be dangerous with this chartable song.
René Machon returns to MGP having previously taken part with Tina, who performed G:son’s Mi Amore, which finished 7th in 2015. He appeared to be intimidated by the occasion, so the same could happen again this year. Warriors is rather generic anyway and will likely be forgotten with Sada Vidoo following in slot 8.
Living doll, Sada Vidoo is well known in Denmark and comes to Melodi Grand Prix with the most unique song. The are some nice layers to Northern Lights, but it sort of feels like Agnete’s Icebreaker, in that the transition to chorus requires a drop in tempo, though less jarring than the Norwegian non-qualifier. It’s a good song, but I think there are better choices for Eurovision, given Denmark has first half semi final draw.
Jeanette Bonde’s Hurricane has the best chorus in my opinion, but like so many of the entries in this final, the song feels so under developed. The chorus and middle eight have impact, but the verses are nonexistent.
ASAP = Can’t Get You Outta My Head. Peter Wallevik has written for Kylie Minogue, so it comes as little surprise to hear some similarities in Johanna Beijbom’s song. ASAP is a bit of a dance floor track than a standout contest song, but the chorus is well worked, extremely infectious and the staging could greatly elevate it. Johanna’s vocals are reliable too, so from the pimp slot it should be making the super final. Crazily, Johanna is one of three contenders available at 25/1 from BET365. Christmas has come early!
There isn’t a clear front runner here, which is why it’s unwise to hit the short priced favourites so early. Instead, it’s worth looking at the running orders of the past few years for a pattern:
Super-finalist slots (winners in bold)
2016: 2, 6, 10
2015: 7 (no super-final)
2014: 2, 8, 10
2013: 6, 8, 10
2012: 1, 9, 10
2011: 1, 4, 6, 10
There tends to be a super-finalist from the first two slots, then one from the mid-to-late slots of 6-9, then the pimp slot. In 2015, DR’s preferred winner was Anne Gadegaard in slot 8, and in 2016 they were blatant in their favouring of Anja from the pimp slot.
2016 aside, DR tends to plant their main contender just before the end, so slots 6-8 should be of interest and this year that points towards Anthony and Sada. In my opinion, Anthony has the most chartable song, so he looks ridiculously long at 25/1 available from BET365. Likewise, Jeanette is also a very high at 25/1 given she has a contemporary pop song. The British centric betting markets already familiar with Sada from X Factor will probably dismiss her as a joke act, so her odds may drift in play if the presentation appears too esoteric. If pitched against two commercial pop songs in the super-final, Sada’s quirkiness could stand out.
The main thing you should be looking for in play is producer favour, which has been clear throughout 2012-2016. Who gets the confetti, gold staging and Danish flag unfurled on stage? These are past examples, but one of the acts will be elevated above the others to ensure the chosen one travels to Kiev in May.
Who would be the best option for Eurovision?