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Denmark: Aussievision's 'Dansk Melodi Grand Prix' 2023 Rankings

Last Week, Danish Broadcaster (DR) released the eight competing songs for 'Dansk Melodi Grand Prix' (DMGP) which will take place on the 11th of February in Næstved, Denmark.

Meanwhile 19 members of the Aussievision team have listened to and ranked all eight songs. They awarded points to the songs in the following order: 1st place - 12 points, 2nd - 10 points, 3rd - 8 points, 4th - 6 points, 5th - 4 points, 6th - 3 points, 7th - 2 points and 8th - 1 point.

The results are very close and exciting so without waiting any longer lets get into the results:

8. Mariyah LeBorg - 'Human' (47 Points)

Highs: 8 points from Hayley

Lows: 1 point from Cooper, Dale, Steven, Fleur and Mike

7. Mickey Skeel - 'Glansbillede' (67 Points)

Highs: 8 points from Guy and Stef

Lows: 1 point from Samuel, Kiel and Mark

6. Frederik Leopold - 'Stuck On You' (100 Points)

Highs: 10 points from Kyriakos and Emma

Lows: 1 point from Oliver and Colleen, 2 points from Tim

"'Stuck On You' gets my 10 points for its pure pop perfection and feel good radio friendly happy vibes. It's not particularly groundbreaking but gee it's an enjoyable listen." - Emma.

"Boy bops are the dish of the day in Denmark this year. I think this is C.U.T.E. Bieber meets Timberlake meets Carly Rae Jepsen." - Mark.

5. Nicklas Sonne - 'Freedom' (114 Points)

Highs: 12 points from Hayley and Kiel, 10 points from Fleur and Hugo

Lows: 1 point from Justin and Guy, 2 points from Cooper and Steven

"No surprises here from this hard rock fan, naturally I'd love this to win. But most importantly, it's a slickly produced song and doesn't sound like a token gusto rock track. And the title and lyrics might just hit a chord with viewers after the last few Covid-impacted years. I can't remember the last time the Danes sent a heavy entry - maybe this is the year. Go Nicklas."- Kiel

"Being a lover of the rock genre (and having seen my fair share of big hair bands in the late 80s/early 90s), it actually makes me particularly picky when it comes to rock at Eurovision. But this – I can't go past - it certainly got my attention – it really stands out from the others that is for sure. Look its a bit on the daggy side, but this guy has a pretty awesome voice! While the Danes picked a pop rock song last year and it didn't work out for them, but maybe this year, this could get them back into the Grand Final!" - Hayley

"Look it stands out, but essentially it is a basic rock song. There is nothing new here. For this, the advantage is that is open for some awesome staging. That is what is going to make this memorable."- Fleur

"Definitely the most impactful of the songs. Rock isn’t necessarily my thing but this has enough pop elements to make it melodic. It has Jorn from MGP 2021 vibes and sounds a bit also like Fall Out Boy. Expect some pyro. I would much rather this at Eurovision than a lot of the numerous other *bland* pop songs."- Hugo

4. Maia Maia - 'Beautiful Bullshit' (122 Points)

Highs: 12 points from Guy, 10 points from Stef, Hayley, Justin, Cooper and John

Lows : 1 point from Kyriakos, 2 points from Emma

"This is a really catchy pop song and has been one of the songs that's got stuck in my head the most from the season so far. It's good quality, contemporary dance-pop that could be at home on the latest Carly Rae Jepsen or Rina Sawayama albums." - Guy

"What a great pop song! The chorus has a great hook, and she really sells it!"- Stef

"I was hooked at the title (how is she going to make it family friendly?) but listening to the lyrics I enjoyed it. I think everyone can relate to the lyrics, which I think is an important aspect to pick up the phone." - Justin

"It is really a bop, more of a girl power anthem type of love song, resembling Demi Lovato's 'Really Don't Care'." - John

"A solid entry but not sure how the song title is going to pass the Eurovision censors if it wins the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix." - Samuel

"Can one say “bullshit” in a Eurovision song? Given that the word appears in the title, how would this work? It’s a decent bop and I really like the lyric “I can taste the lie on your tongue', but why vote for something if the title contravenes EBU rules?" - Steve

3. Eyjaa - 'I Was Gonna Marry Him' (129 Points)

Highs: 12 points from John, Oliver and Emma, 10 points from Dale, Tim and Guy

Lows: 2 Points from Kiel, 3 points Kyriakos, Steve and Samuel

"For those who can't find their "forever" or for those who don't believe in love, this song will really calm your nerves. Denmark made a mistake by sending Anti-Social Media and they didn't qualify. They made it again by sending Reddi and they failed again. They must not fail once again." - John

"Eyjaa's song feels extremely Danish in the best ways - part folk, part pop, with the key change to bring it all together. Maybe it's been done before, but it isn't often done better." - Oliver

"What struck me most with 'I Was Gonna Marry Him' was the beautiful story the sisters told in a distinctive haunting western style - I was hooked from the first line! I loved how both sang a verse on their own before combining for the chorus and second half of the bridge - and of course their harmonies were to die for. This is the most unique song in this year's DMGP line up and I would love to see it go all the way to Liverpool." - Emma

"This is Scandi pop done well with a little bit of a dark vibe that reminds me of some country murder ballads (it's a thing!). I LOVE the whistling and I adore the line "they say that I'll get better in time, but I'm not a bottle of wine" which I can't decide is awful or brilliant, but I love it nonetheless." - Dale

"It’s almost Danish Timoteji which is brilliant but not quite. It has a good country folk style tune to it that is quite nice and interesting. I would normally have reservations for a song like this, but the key change does actually help elevate it a bit and if Systur can go through last year then I think Eyjaa has a chance" - Tim

" This song has beautiful melodies, and their vocals blend really well. While a couple of lines of the lyrics are a little questionable and I'm not generally a fan of whistling in songs, I completely see past these things because the overall package comes together so well." - Guy

"Eyjaa's "They say I'll get better with time, but I'm not a bottle of wine" lyric should be in contention for one of the best phrases of the season." - Justin

2. Søren Torpegaard Lund - 'Lige her' (141 Points)

Highs: 12 points from Justin, Dale, Colleen, Steven and Stef, 10 Points from Mark, Oliver, Kiel, Samuel and Mike

Lows: 1 point from Hugo, Tim, John and Emma

"The most atmospheric song I've heard this season—if the staging is right and the vocals are on point, I actually think this is a contender for a Top 5 finish at the Grand Final. This not winning DMGP would actually disappoint me." - Justin

"This is really beautiful. An intimate soft pop song that wouldn't be out of place winning Eurovision in the 50s or early 60s. I love that style being presented by a young performer like Søren and if Denmark choose this, I could see it bringing something that would stand out in its simplicity at the main contest and could do rather well." - Dale

"You don't need to understand Danish to feel swept away by 'Lige her' I'm carried by every word. It's so sweet, soothing and timeless."- Colleen

"Søren’s beautiful voice combined with a gentle melody that’s almost a lullaby lend 'Lige her' an old-time sound that I find irresistible if well executed. It’s the sound from a different era, but then again I’m an oldie myself." - Steve

"Something about this song is so special! In an interview he mentioned that this song is an homage to the old Danish entries from the 50s and 60s, and I think it is so effective. It's a gorgeous song, the Danish language really shines, and I truly love this."- Stef

"Does Denmark have their very own Jude York? Classic, warm and quality. This could well charm the socks off a nation." - Mark

"A very classy tune with an old-school vibe. The chorus actually reminds me a bit of Denmark’s first ever Eurovision entry in 1957: Birthe and Gustav’s ‘Skibet skal sejle i nat’. I love the music box vibes and good to hear when the Danes sing in their native tongue." - Samuel

"Starts subtlety and builds nicely. This feels like a very good quality composition, but I worry it may not translate to the bigger stage." - Mike

"I initially thought I'd hate this, but it's actually really beautiful and stripped back, and has the potential to be Denmark's Salvador Sobral moment. This really stands out and could be a HUGE left of centre contender to win Eurovision if he is chosen." - Kiel

1. Reliey - 'Breaking My Heart' (154 Points)

Highs: 12 points from Mark, Samuel, Cooper, Kyriakos, Mike, Fleur, Hugo and Tim, 10 Points from Colleen and Steven

Lows: 1 point from Stef, 2 Points from Dale and Hayley

"Every charting male-led pop song since the turn of the decade has gone into a blender, and 'Breaking My Heart' is the end result. And yet... the end-product feels absolutely charming, youthful and packed full of hooks. Reiley has a radio hit on his hands. Don't discount cute commercial boy-pop at DMGP this year!" - Mark

"If Felix Sandman and Duncan Laurence has a child who lives in the Faroe Islands, it's Reiley. This song is pop-boy perfection and I'm obsessed with it. The production is clean, memorable and a catchy number that stands out in what is usually a very beige national final out of Denmark. If Reiley can sing this live, then I don't think there's any other choice but to send him!" - Cooper

"'Breaking my heart' seems to follow on from the 80s revival vibes that Fyr og Flamme effortlessly pulled off two years previously. It's a genre I have come to love so much at Eurovison." - Colleen

"The most stimulating song in the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix line-up this year. ‘Breaking My Heart’ encapsulates what Denmark does best in Eurovision: good, solid, catchy pop." - Samuel

"'Breaking My Heart’ gets my 12 points! For me Reiley’s entry is the freshest and most contemporary entry out of the lot. I love the bridge and the catchy auto-tuned chorus. Curious to see how this song translates live." - Kyriakos.

"From the opening bars, 'Breaking My Heart' gave me Troye Sivan vibes - a plus in my book! It offers a blend of electro-pop that I enjoy, with decent lyrics and a catchy chorus." - Steve

"The song has a good overall vibe and is very radio friendly. Feels modern and relevant. The vocal manipulation on his vocals may come across odd live however." - Mike.

"For me this is the most memorable song in this year's selection. It's pleasant and I like the 80s vibes. Not sure how it would go at Eurovision. It needs something extra, but it has some potential." - Fleur.

"Simply the best song in this lineup. A predictable pop song, catchy melody, nice voice, nice beat. I like the voice layering bit at the start of the chorus. Sounds straight out of the LAUV or Troye Sivan textbook. Not sure how this would go at Eurovision, but in the studio it’s my favourite. Not blowing my socks off though." - Hugo

"There is something in this song that is quite quaint and catchy. It has a bit of a risk to it which I think would be great for Denmark. I don’t know how the voice modulations sections will go live but it’s exciting to get some variety" - Tim.

So, there we have it, Reliey is deemed the favourite by the Aussievision team, but will the young Faroese singer be able to replicate his victory on the 11th of February? Stay tuned to find out.

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