Danmarks Radio have unveiled this year’s Melodi Grand Prix hopefuls competing to represent the nation in Tel Aviv.
The Betfair market was quite optimistic for a Danish win until about 10-days ago when the price started to drift.
The lineup – in running order – is as follows:
- Simone Emilie – Anywhere
- Jasmin Gabay – Kiss Like This
- Rasmus Faartoft – Hold my Breath
- Marie Isabell – Dancing with You in My Heart
- Sigmund – Say My Name
- Humørekspressen – Dronning af Baren
- Julie & Nina – League of Light
- Teit Samsø – Step It Up
- Leonara – Love is Forever
- Leeloo – That Vibe
I struggle to get through most of these songs. They are either unsuitable, underdeveloped, or they are poor pastiches which is a common trait for Denmark.
Rasmus’s Hold My Breath stands out as a powerful challenger if the juries overlook the repetitive elements – it’s wonderfully moody and dramatic though – could be good on TV if his vocal holds up. Leonara’s song was flagged up a while back, but it doesn’t really do much for me. It’s an inferior Suitcase and would get lost in what is expected to be a competitive Eurovision semi-final 2. Why the French and German? Jasmin appears to have the only competent upbeat song, yet it really depends on how strong her vocals are and how well she can sell the song – not everyone can burn like Eleni Foureira. Julie & Nina have a very scandi sounding song and are also capable of making the super-final – this sort of song is very appealing to Danish televoters.
Over the last few years the winners have come from slots 3, 4, 6, 7 & 8, so the fact Leonara is so late doesn’t guarantee her the win, it just means she will more than likely make the super-final. Last year slots 2 and 3 made the super-final and ended up 1st and 2nd overall. I would go for one of slots 2 and 3 with 7 and 9 making the super-final.
I might sit out this year’s Melodi Grand Prix, given the lack of contenders or even a song that is remotely enjoyable to listen to. Having said that, it’s worth waiting until some rehearsal reports are posted, as that may unearth some last minute value in the markets. The final will take place on February 23rd.
Please MGP 2020, give us some creativity.