Denmark 2016: our review for the DMGP songs; vote for the winner
EDITORIAL – The 10 songs of Denmark’s national final Melodi Grand Prix 2016 are out. This means that we now can listen and review the hopeful songs fighting for a ticket to Stockholm. We don’t know the running order of the songs yet, but in a random order we will review the participating songs:
David Jay – Rays of Sunlight
This song is written by a former runner-up of Melodi Grand Prix Bryan Rice and will be sung by RnB singer David Jay. This is actually a great singer and the song is not bad, but it seems like it doesn’t go far enough. It is a typical Danish Eurovision up-tempo song and that is not a bad thing, but it requires a great show to survive in the competition.
Simone – Heart Shaped Hole
Simone is already known in the Eurovision world in Denmark. She participated in 2010 and came in fourth and in 2013 she came in third. Now she wants to win. And what a song. “Heart Shaped Hole” starts up mystical and develops all through the three minutes. Her vocals are amazing – live too – and the song is definitely a candidate for the win. I’m looking forward to see how she will perform it on stage. With dancers or other show elements? But keep an eye on Simone on the 13th of February.
Muri & Mario – To Stjerner (Two Stars)
The only song sung in Danish. This can be an advantage for Muri & Mario. The song is very cool and not a typical Danish song in Eurovision. I won’t be surprised if Denmark selects Muri & Mario. The duo has released several hit singles in Denmark and that can help them to get many votes. Many Danes misses the time when all songs were sung in Danish and they will probably vote for this. Maybe the song is too anonymous, but if the shine on stage they can go all the way.
Sophia Nohr – Blue Horizon
Sophia Nohr participated in X Factor Denmark last year and now she is back trying to win a trophy again. Her song is very interesting. She sings very well and the song is not typical Eurovision material and maybe that is what it takes to win? I like the song, but it might not stand out enough compared to the other 9 songs and that is a shame.
Veronicas Illusion – The Wrong Kind
Girl power! This actually sounds like a girl group, but there is only one. Veronica must deliver power on stage and maybe that will affect the vocals? This is a good party hit, but I don’t see it as a winner. We have seen this kind of songs in the competition before and they usually don’t do very well.
Lighthouse X – Soldiers of Love
The three guys from Lighthouse X enter the Eurovision stage with a typical boy-band song. The song is fine and the vocals are good, but I see the boys standing next to each other with a microphone stand in front of them on stage. I hope they won’t do that and try to think new in performing a boy-band song. Are we done with boy-bands? Probably not, but I don’t this them winning in Denmark.
Kristel Lisberg – Who Needs A Heart
Melodi Grand Prix requires a ballad. And here it is – and a good one. Ballads usually don’t win in Denmark, but this could prove me wrong. Kristel sings this very well and it is a very emotional song which can be performed beautifully in Horsens. I hope her vocals live are as great as the studio version. If the Danes are in the ballad mood, then Kristel will go to Stockholm!
Jessica – Break It Good
Jessica sings a very modern song and this will do well in radio stations. I have trouble seeing it live on stage. This could disappear and I think back to songs like this in history and they didn’t do well. Maybe a good stage show can lift this song. The song is not bad it self, but compared to the competitors this is far behind.
Bracelet – Breakaway
Sweden enters Denmark. This song is written by Jimmy Jansson, who we know from Swedish Melodifestivalen and the band member Rebecca Krogmann, Charlie Grönvall & Felix Grönvall. And yes, the brothers Charlie and Felix are sons of Sweden’s Nanne Grönvall. This song is actually great. I like how there are two guys and a girl in this band. I think this can go very well and with the right performance, Bracelet can capture a lot of young people’s votes.
Anja Nissen – Never Alone
Rumours say that Emmelie de Forest was going to sing this song, but in stead we will see The Voice Australia winner Anja Nissen on stage. Her parents are Danish-born and now she will return to her parents home country trying to represent Denmark in Eurovision. “Never Alone” is written by Emmelie de Forest and MoZella (Maureen Anne McDonald) who has written songs for Madonna and Miley Cyrus. I really like this song and I think this can do very well both in Denmark and in Eurovision. After seeing Anja in The Voice Australia we can hope for a great stage show. Her vocals are amazing and hopeful the Danes will welcome her to Denmark with open arms (and lots of votes).
DID YOU KNOW?
Denmark will selects its song for Eurovision on February 13th at Melodi Grand Prix 2016 in Forum Horsens. Last year Anti Social Media failed to qualify for the Grand Final in Vienna with “The Way You Are”.