Review: “Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2021” – (Denmark)

Denmark will choose its act for Eurovision 2021 via the mechanism of “Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2021”.

Along with the last decade, Denmark has had a diverse fortune in the contest.
They have reached the Top 5 on 5 different occasions: 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2018 (including a victory in 2013). However, they didn’t qualify for the final in 2015-2016.

8 artists will compete in the Danish national selection this year. The results will only be determined by public voting.
In this post, I will review the competing songs.

#1. Chief 1 and Thomas Buttenschøn – Højt over skyerne (Eng: High above the clouds)

It’s a Schlager pop song. The current version is in Danish, however it seems that the singers would like to translate it into English. The song starts with vocal improvisations and percussions playing.
Chief 1 is playing Tambourine. The first verse melody is based on guitar playing. The voice of Thomas Buttenschøn has a different and unique color. The chorus is more rhyhmic and it contains a beat that makes you happy. They sing the chorus together.
The beat from the chorus is included in the verses as well. This time, Thomas opens the verse.
The bridge part of the song is unfortunately the weakest one: the singers just speaking alongside the music.
In my opinion, their voices combine very well. However, the song doesn’t seem original to my ears.
The main element is the beat that leads the song but it is too repetitive. The song lacks any peak or melody change.

#2. Nanna Olivia Hvileløse Hjerter (Eng: Restless Hearts)

It’s a Pop- R&B song in Danish. The song starts with the sound of finger snapping and keyboards playing. Nanna sings the song with mannerism and a clear voice. The part before the chorus includes processed and pre-recorded backing vocals. The chorus is more rhythmic and contains a strong beat that’s basically built on drums playing and soft digital production. The end of the chorus relies on a specific phrase that repeats again and again. The next verse has a richer production and a stronger beat compared to the first one. Thereafter, we have a little change in the melody which is refreshing .
The song ends with a fading effect.
To sum up, it’s a decent radio-friendly song, performed by a good singer. The production is contemporary. However, I’m not sure how effective the song is for Eurovision.

#3. The Cosmic Twins – Silver Bullet

It’s an electro dance song with wide influences of the 1980’s music.
The song strards with an instrumental section of saxophone. Thereafter, there is an electronic beat that becomes one of the main elements of the song. The first verse is being performed in a mid-low fragile voice. The bridge is faster and quite short. The chorus starts at a slow rate that becomes stronger. The third verse is faster. They sing the second chorus together with pretty similar but different voices. The end of the song is being controlled by beautiful saxophone playing and soft singing.
The style of the song reminded me a little bit of Depache mode (the electro dance part in fact). In my opinion, the song is catchy and has great staging potential. It is a bit dated and yet I consider the production quite modern.

#4. Claudia Campagnol – Abracadabra

It’s a singer-songwriter ballad. Claudia has a warm voice with impressive range.
The melody is pretty based on piano playing. She sings the song in a very specific way: using a higher voice at the end of the lines. The chorus is a little bit faster and the melody has a lighter character. Claudia shows how excellent her voice is in the chorus. The second half of the song includes cello/violin playing which elevated the value of the song.
Towards the end, she sings falsetto and closes the song by reciting the main phrase of the song.
My problem here is that the song may be too personal or dated for some listeners.

#5. Mike Tramp – Everything is alright.

It’s a vintage rock country song. The melody is based on guitars playing.
There is a use of the echo effect, as Mike sings the backing vocals for himself.
It’s difficult to talk about the verses and chorus separately since the song has a united structure.
Mike is an excellent performer that stays faithful to himself and to his genre which I respect.
Towards the end, we can hear more of the guitar stringing.
The song seems to me more American than Danish. It’s one of those songs that we can definitely hear in American romantic comedies movies.
I’m not sure about the chances at Eurovision. For sure, it will be more likeable by jury than televoting.
I hope the song will have a proper staging. My main concern here is that this genre isn’t everyone’s favorite.

#6. Fyr & Flamme – Øve os på hinanden (Eng: Practice On Each Other)

It’s a disco dance pop song which is performed in Danish. The song is highly influenced by the 1980’s music. The song starts with an instrumental section based on guitars playing and electric keyboards. The first verse contains a cyclic beat alongside keyboards playing. One singer sings the lead vocals, while the other does the backing vocals. They sing the chorus together. The melody in the chorus is based on a thin production and drums playing. The next verse includes the disco elements in the production as well as the same. After the chorus, there is almost a constant instrumental part that is being changes towards the end where there’s a key change.
The song is catchy, but I think it is quite repetitive at some point. In this case, the chorus is much stronger than the verses.

#7. Emma Nicoline – Står lige her (Eng: Standing Right Here)

It’s a Scandinavian mid-tempo pop song. I would tag it as the most contemporary song in the running.
The introduction is based on electronic keyboards. She sings the first verse with an emotional voice.
Before the chorus, we have bass and drums playing. The chorus is powerful and its melody relies on a variety of musical instruments. The second verse is more rhythmic as the beat gets stronger.
While the chorus after is pretty similar to the first one. In the third verse we come through a change in the melody: the song transfers into a pure contemporary pop. During the last part of the song, we can hear an echo singing.
Although the song is modern, it has elements of electro pop from the 1980-1990 music.
The arrangement is just great and let’s not forget the fact the song is in Danish. The song is catchy, relevant and memorable.
this is just the way to being a radio-friendly song without being boring. This is proof that there are radio-friendly songs that can fit Eurovision.

#8. Jean Michel – Beautiful

It’s a midtempo pop ballad. The song starts with a fast electronic beat alongside keyboards playing.
The first verse is being performed slowly at the beginning and little be little it accelerated.
I found the chorus too predictable and generic. The lyrics just let me down, considering the fact they just include cliches: “We are beautiful, we’ll make it through it all / Knowing we’re perfect just the way we are”. But what bothered me the most here was the choice to include the digital production element at the end of the chorus instead of singing. I see it as a lazy decision. The second verse is much more rhythmic and contains some backing vocals. The song is memorable, but the fact it is generic defated the advantage of being memorable. The song could be one of Denmark’s safest choices for Eurovision 2021.
Jean has a warm and beautiful voice.

My Ranking

  1. Emma Nicoline – Står lige her
  2. The Cosmic Twins – Silver Bullet
  3. Mike Tramp – Everything is alright.
  4. Fyr & Flamme – Øve os på hinanden
  5. Claudia Campagnol – Abracadabra
  6. Nanna Olivia – Hvileløse Hjerter
  7. Jean Michel – Beautiful
  8. Chief 1 and Thomas Buttenschøn – Højt over skyerne

My Prediction

Denmark is one of the countries that traditionally chooses the safest choices, or shall I say sometimes generic. Therefore, I suspect that Jean Michel may win the national final.
The other options will be: Fyr & Flamme, The Cosmic Twins.

Denmark will compete in the second half of semi-final 2 at Eurovision 2021.

You can find all the relevant information on our Eurovision 2021 homepage:

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Doron Lahav is 28 years old guy who lives in Israel. Doron watches Eurovision Song Contest since early 2000s. Doron works as a Data Scientist and also shows interest in singing and writing.

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