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  • Writer's pictureFleur Menezes

Denmark: Aussievision's 'Dansk Melodi Grand Prix' 2021 rankings

Last week the artists and songs for Dansk Melodi Grand Prix (DMGP) 2021 were announced. It will be the first time since 1999 that DMGP will be held in a TVstudio.

This year the contest will be decided by televote only.

The Aussievision team have ranked all eight entries and we now have the results. The team's rankings in reverse order are:

8. Mike Tramp - 'Everything Is Alright' (42 points)

  • Highs: 12 points from Liv, 8 points points from Dale

  • Lows: 1 point from Emma, Hugo and Ford

"Mike Tramp is an iconic, experienced performer AND previous Eurovision contestant - we know historically the Danish public reward their 'golden oldies' at DMGP when they decide to return...he's brought a very strong country inspired song with the highest production in the studios. In a national final saturated with 80s/90s throwbacks I think the public and juries will reward a more organic to artist song like 'Everything is Alright'. With clever staging I think he has a very strong chance of taking out the contest." ~ Liv "A wonderfully written soft rock song with some country rock elements. I really enjoy this. It's quality and this old crooner should put on a great performance." ~ Dale

" Love me a country song. This song is something I would listen to. The message of the song is good. Though it just sounds like a generic country song, there is nothing unique about it." ~ Kyriakos

"I'm not a fan of the country rock genre at the best of times but this is just too middle of the road. The backing vocals give this a bit of life but given that it's all sung in the one key, we're not seeing anything groundbreaking here." ~ Emma

"Props for coming back after a long time between drinks, but can this be any more generic, heard it all before. Frankly I find this quite boring and very forgettable, and it sounds like every other song in the same genre. Making up the numbers in my opinion; can’t see this doing any damage." ~ Hugo

"Country music unfortunately really isn't my type, and this sounds like it came straight out of Tennessee." ~ Ford

"Not a bad song overall and if you like your country music this may appeal to you. However I find it never gets out of 3rd gear and it was all very predictable." ~ Mike

7. Claudia Campagnol - 'Abracadabra' (44 points)

  • Highs: 12 points from Dale, 8 points from Mike

  • Lows: 1 point from Josh, Liv and Fleur

"Oooh this is a high quality Scandi ballad. A well produced and well sung emotive ballad that Claudia conveys well. I am draw in by both the melodic composition and the emotive lyrics. This was a stand out for me even if the words 'Abracadabra' in a song cheapens it slightly." ~ Dale

"Claudia has a beautiful voice but this is very Disney style musical theatre. Nothing wrong with that, but it's all a bit melancholy. Unless she has amazing staging, I can't imagine many people picking up the phone to vote for this one." ~ Emma

"I can't find anything much to say except that Claudia has a wonderful voice. The song on the other hand I find to be boring, dated and filler. It gives me vibes of the non-qualifier for Malta in 2017 'Breathlessly' but with most of the good parts taken out. I can't see this song placing above the last two spots in the final." ~ Josh

"This takes WAY too long to get going - I kept finding my concentration drifting and even with two listens I can't recall ANYTHING." ~ Liv

"This song just took too long to go anywhere. I'm not big on ballads to begin with but this lost me within the first minute " ~ Fleur 6. Chief 1 & Thomas Buttenschøn - 'Højt over skyerne (High above the clouds)' (51 points)

  • Highs: 10 points from Ford

  • Lows: 2 points from Steven, Liv and Mike, 1 point from Kyriakos

"Look, this honestly was such a close race for first that there's every chance that by the time DMGP rolls around I may have changed my mind. The song sounds so fun, it's definitely a great contender." ~ Ford

"This upbeat 70's disco inspired song brings at least some catchiness to the table. I feel like middle of the road here, but it definitely has some redeeming qualities to pass at over the halfway mark for me. The broken down bridge section is quite pleasant and I wish the duo well." ~ Josh

"This songs just has great energy and makes me smile. It's a little cheesy but it's uplifting and I can't help bop along to it. It has a throwback sound that works time in and time out. Enjoyed it!" ~ Dale

"This song is pretty fun, and pretty middling. I don’t mind when it’s on, but I don’t remember much of it either. I like the vocal harmonies, but it’s a bit too generic to put this any higher." ~ Hugo

"I love 70s music, so it's no surprise that I somewhat enjoy this. It's not the greatest disco throwback that I have heard but for me it is a pleasant listen." ~ Fleur

"The energy this song gives is great! Unfortunately, it sounds like a Bruno Mars B-side song. It is nearly a decade too late. It's all about the 80's now..." ~ Kyriakos

5. Nanna Olivia - 'Hvileløse hjerter (Restless hearts)' (52 points)

  • Highs: 12 points from Mike, 8 points from Fleur

  • Lows: 2 points from Kyriakos, Emma and Hugo

"Scandi pop with a cracking 90’s bassline. This brings me so much joy! The song itself is a nice mid tempo number with a simple chorus that sticks. It is a little linear in its overall flow and Nanna will need to bring a ‘moment’ to the live performance if it’s to stand out on the night." ~ Mike

"This starts well and perks my interest, but I needed more as the song went on. It’s a bit too “pared back”, with minimal instrumentation. However, I do - as ever - love that it’s in Danish." ~ Steven

"A very safe and pretty EDM, ballad type thing. It's been done before but is pleasant." ~ Liv

4. Jean Michel - 'Beautiful' (67 points)

  • Highs: 12 points from Hugo and Guy, 10 points from Steven

  • Lows: 2 points from Ford and Fleur, 1 point from Dale

"Slightly generic melody and lyrics (as is the case with all the songs), but I like this one. Nice production, and I like the instrumental in the chorus. My only reservation is the live performance, as instrumental hooks can sometimes fall flat. While this song doesn’t set the world on fire, it’s my favourite of the bunch." ~ Hugo

"This is really slick. It's got some good dance breaks and really catchy hooks. Together with the great vocals, it sounds like a hit - ready for commercial radio." ~ Guy

"Three key ingredients (a gorgeous voice, polished production and a radio-friendly sound) mean that this “Swedish sound” empowerment song is well constructed, well performed and well... just very solid. If a feel-good ballad is the goal, then this ticks every box." ~ Steven

"There's a lot of throwback nostalgia to the 80s happening in the Danish selection but unfortunately for this song, it sounds like its from 2017 which weirdly dates it even more than a 1985 inspired number. The trop bop, pop drop chorus has been killed off in contemporary music for good reason. Not to be resurrected. Kill it with fire " ~ Dale

3. The Cosmic Twins - 'Silver Bullet' (73 points)

  • Highs: 12 points from Josh, 10 points from Dale and Fleur

  • Lows: 3 points from Emma, 1 point from Steven and Guy

"The only true bright spark in this final for my tastes. Catchy and breezy europop song. I feel like it does lack some elements that I can't quite place my finger on. A revamp to tweak things and make the song less monotonous is needed in my opinion. The bridge/sax solo does a great job of adding a different element to the song but I believe it still needs something added vocally. The pair will certainly draw comparisons to Jedward and I agree, although The Cosmic Twins seem to be a more sophisticated and less novelty version." ~ Josh

"A pleasant 80’s pastiche that is a little more modern in its execution that some of its competitors. A healthy dose of Eurodance is thrown in to boot. The lyrics are a little clunky, especially in the chorus. This very much has the 80’s sound that is so prevalent in many of this year’s National Finals." ~ Mike

"There are good retro/vintage sounding tracks and then, sadly, there’s this. Lyrically, it’s pretty bad (“I’ve been hurt before, in the dirt before), and I think the title was chosen for no other reason than it sounds cool - it has no real connection to the song. The boys’ accents in English are also a little strange. I feel mean saying this, but I don’t want to hear this again." ~ Steven

2. Fire & Flame - 'Øve os på hinanden (Practice each other)' (87 points)

  • Highs: 12 points from Kyriakos, Emma and Steven, 10 points from Josh and Liv

  • Lows: 3 points from Hugo

"Plucked straight from the 80's, I absolutely love this entry. The beat is great and it really makes me feel like I am in a time warp to the Eurovision of the 80s.For me it the most punchy song out of the selection from Denmark this year." ~ Kyriakos

"This is so dated it could be straight out of Eurovision 1985 but for some reason this is the song I most want to listen to again. I love how it stays true to the genre - it really does sound as if it could have been released in the mid 80's and not 2021 and I'd love to hear an English version. To get the most out of this, they really need to embrace the 80's vibe in the staging - I think that's the only way they'll have a chance to get through." ~ Emma

"Straight from an 80s soundtrack comes this “dancefloor” filler. There are so many positives for me: it has a great beat, I love that it’s in Danish, and it just makes me smile. If appropriately performed, styled and staged - with knowing recognition that it’s an homage to the past - then I really will “lose my mind” (as per the lyrics)." ~ Steven

"This is one HARDCORE schlager throwback piece - I love that they didn't just sprinkle in the 80s/90s vibes, they SATURATED it. Could be tricky to nail live but is a very enjoyable studio." ~ Liv

"I had no idea how to rank this. I absolutely LOVE this track if it were the Denmark entry from 1985. This is 80s Eurovision, not 80s inspired, and I LOVE that. But in a 2021 selection, I had to drop it down a few places as it's just too... literal?" ~ Dale

"Wow, this is straight out of the 1980s. It would have done well in 1985 but it's now 2021. This is not a throwback, it's a leftover. As fun as it would be to see, it would not be Denmark's best choice to send." ~ Fleur

1. Emma Nicoline - ‘Står lige her (Standing Right Here)' (90 points)

  • Highs: 12 points from Ford and Fleur, 10 points from Hugo

  • Lows: 2 points from Dale

"This song is so bopping. I honestly don't know how else to describe it. I am really excited to watch the Danish national final and see how this performance is staged." ~ Ford

"It may have a dated feel to it but the slight EDM beats gives it a more contemporary edge. I love that it's in Danish. I really enjoyed listening to this and hence it get my douze points or should I say 'tolv point'. I am really looking forward to see how it comes together on stage." ~ Fleur

"Love love the Danish language. Bit of a retro vibe with the synth and bass line, and I’m here for it. Nice melody and thoroughly enjoyable." ~ Hugo "Just missed my top spot by a whisker. Love the 80’s inspired power ballad vibe of this. Emma’s vocal really suit the track and with some creative/cool staging this could really be compelling. A lot will depend on the final 30 seconds of the live performance, hopefully it can find another gear." ~ Mike Dansk Melodi Grand Prix will take place on 6 March 2021 and will be telecast on DR 1 and DR TV.


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