Denmark: Follow our LIVE blog from the DMGP 2017 dress rehearsal

The dress rehearsal of the Danish final has just started in Herning and we will be providing you with comments on everything happening live from Jyske Bank Boxen.

This post will contain spoilers about the show, including the performances. So, stop reading now if you want to be surprised at the live final, as we will write a sneak peek of the show.


Melodi Grand Prix 2017 will take place tonight at 20:00 CET.

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There seems to be a slight delay as one of the interval acts is still being rehearsed. The dress rehearsal will most likely start in about 10 minutes.

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The participants’ rehearsals started a day later than usual for Danish finals, so the production is running on a much tighter schedule. For instance, they didn’t start rehearsing the opening and interval acts on stage until yesterday afternoon.

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Speaking of the stage, the budget for DMGP is tighter than usual. Therefore, DR has opted to reuse the stage from last year rather than creating a new one.

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The rehearsal has started! The show starts with a pre-recorded sequence featuring superfan and taxi driver Pia, a character played by acress Mia Lyhne. We first met Pia in DMGP 2004 – now she’s back to interview the hosts, poking fun at co-host Annette Heick’s hairstyle from last year’s final.

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The show starts with all 10 finalists and the presenters performing “Dansevise”, Denmark’s first Eurovision winner from 1963. It’s a great way to start the show, but a lot of people have to be at the right spot at the right time in order for the performance to look good on screen.

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The presenters, Annette Heick and Johannes Nymark, explain the rules. The winner will be chosen in two rounds of voting – first to select 3 superfinalists and then the winner. In both rounds of voting, 50% televoting will be combined with the votes of 5 Danish Eurovision fans, whose votes will account for the remaining 50%.

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Johannes is now interviewing the jury members, who explain what they’ll be looking for.

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All ‘postcards’ feature the participants being interviewed by Pia in pre-recorded sequences. For Danish viewers, this is quite funny.

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Song 1: Ida Una – One
Ida starts the song sitting on the floor, holding a glowing globus in her hands. She is wearing a grey sleeveless dress, similar to the one worn by Emmelie de Forest in 2013. The backdrop is dominated by black and blue during the verses, turning into orange for the chorus. Ida is joined on stage by 4 dancer in a rather static performance. Her vocals are ok, but somewhat shaky.

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Song 2: Thomas Ring – Vesterbro
The only Danish song in the final is performed by Thomas, who is alone on stage, wearing a black jacket, a white t-shirt and black trousers. The staging is very dark during the verses, more colourful during the chorus. The performance is very static, but Thomas is obviously an experienced performer, who is used to performing on live television. Excellent vocals!

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Song 3: Rikke Skytte – Color My World
Rikke, who is the youngest finalist in the line-up, is wearing a white dress with long see-through sleeves and lots of golden necklaces. She starts the song along on stage, but is soon joined by four dancers. The staging colourful, dominated by purple and green. Towards the ending, Rikke and her dancers almost drown in a cloud of heavy smoke, probably unintended. Vocally, this sounds rather flat.

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We now see a pre-recorded sequence with Annette Heick interviewing different people, trying to get the perfect recipe for a viral video. Apparently, some of the ingredients are big emotions, people getting scared, animal babies and big boobs.

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Song 4: Anja – Where I Am
Last year’s runner-up is back! Just like last year, Anja starts the song with her back to the audience, but this time she is all alone on stage throughout the song. Wearing a long red dress, she delivers a rather static, but powerful performance with the strongest vocals of the night so far. The staging is mainly turqouise during the verses and red/orange during the chorus.

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Song 5: Calling Mercury – Big Little Lies
The only duo in DMGP 2017 deliver a vocally solid, but also very static performance on a very dark stage. In fact, it’s so dark that you can barely see their faces. They are joined on stage by a bass player, a drummer and a guitarist, who are all hidden behind screen so that only their silhouettes are seen. This is adds a nice touch to the performance.

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Song 6: Anthony – Smoke in My Eyes
Joined on stage by five dancers, who also pretend to be doing backing vocals, Anthony delivers a vocally solid and very energetic performance, which fits the song very well. The backdrops is mainly golden/orange. Anthony himself is wearing a grey jacket over a very colourful shirt and brown trousers. As expected from a former X Factor winner, the vocals are excellent.

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Song 7: René Machon – Warriors
René starts the song sitting on the stage, which is very dark during the verses, only to get more colourful (mainly pink and turquoise) during the chorus, when he is also joined by four female dancers. Apart from a revolving podium, the performance is rather static until the last chorus. Vocally solid.

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In another pre-recorded sequence Johannes Nymark interviews the finalists of next week’s MGP Junior, also in order to get the perfect ingredients for a viral video.

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Song 8: Sada Vidoo – Northern Lights
Wearing a mirror dress and a blue wig, the living doll Sada Vidoo appears to be standing in a musical box during most of the song. The performance is static, but looks dynamic on screen and has very strong vocals. The staging is dominated by blue colours, which fit the mood of the song very well.

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Song 9: Jeanette Bonde – Hurricane
Wearing a dark blue tunic over a black tops, Jeanette delivers a vocally solid performance, which builds very dynamically. The song is shot in black and white during the first verse, becoming gradually more colourful during the first chorus. When the beat kicks in halfway through the song, there’s an effect of breaking glass on screen. The staging is rather dark during most of the song, turning orange for the last chorus, which also features a wind machine.

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There seems to be some technical issues right now. Johanna Beijbom’s introduction postcard has been played, but the technicians haven’t finished setting up the stage for her show.

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Song 10: Johanna Beijbom – A.S.A.P.
The last finalist is on now! Standing on a glittery podium with a glittery microphone stand, Johanna delivers an energetic performance. Joined on stage by four male dancers in sparkly outfits on a stage bathed in pink colours, Johanna is wearing a black long-sleeve top with a very deep neckline and sparkly tights. Vocally, Johanna was generally strong, but failed to hit the high note towards the ending.

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Time for the first recap.

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Johannes Nymark now interviews the jury members again.

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Annette Heick is now in the green room, interviewing first Jeanette Bonde and then René Machon.

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The voting is over.

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We now see another pre-recorded video, based on the “viral video” ingredients gathered by the presenters earlier on. The message is ‘vote for Denmark’.

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Once again, the rehearsal has been interrupted due to technical issues.

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We’re back. Time to reveal the fake superfinalists in random order.

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The first fake superfinalist is song 3, “Color My World” by Rikke Skytte.

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The second fake superfinalist is song 4, “Where I Am” by Anja.

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The third and last fake superfinalist is song 1, “One” by Ida Una.

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The presenters once again interview the jury members.

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The second round of voting starts now. The three superfinalists are going to perform their songs again.

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Fake superfinalist 1: Ida Una – One
Ida is on stage again to perform her song once more. Vocally, she is better now.

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Annette is now interviewing two people who are stand-ins for Kirsten Siggaard, who represented Denmark in ESC 1984, 1985 and 1988, and Søren Poppe, who represented Denmark on home ground in ESC 2001. Other former DMGP winners will be interviewed later.

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Fake superfinalist 2: Rikke Skytte – Color My World
It was probably a wise decision to call out Rikke as a fake superfinalists. Apparently, she had some issues with her in-ear monitors during her first performance. Her vocals are a bit better this time around.

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Trine Jepsen (ESC 1999) and Gry Meilstrup (ESC 1983) are now being interviewed by Annette Heick in the green room.

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Fake superfinalist 3: Anja – Where I Am
Delivering another strong performance, Anja’s doesn’t hold back by any means.

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Time for a recap of the 3 superfinalists.

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The rehearsal has once again been interrupted to sort out some technical issues.

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In the superfinal, each jury member has one vote, which will account for 10% of the total score. This means that if more than 2 jury members have the same favourite in the superfinal, the jury favourite is almost certain to win.

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The rehearsal is back on again. The presenters remind us that the voting is still open.

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The voting has ended and now it’s time for the interval act, which will be a celebration of the most memorable songs in Danish Eurovision history.

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The rehearsal has once again been interrupted due to technical issues.

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We now see a montage of several Eurovision classics, among them “Kloden drejer” (1983), “New Tomorrow” (2011), “Det’ lige det” (1984), “Denne gang” (1999) and “Lige der hvor hjertet slår” (1991). This is followed by another montage of songs that didn’t manage to win DMGP, but still have become classics.

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The presenters now perform a medley of Danish Melodi Grand Prix and Eurovision classics. This is well-performed and very entertaining. Halfway through, they’re joined by a lot of dancers.

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17 years after winning Eurovision, the Olsen Brothers are back to perform their Eurovision winning song. They perform the first half of the song in Danish, the second half in English.

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Time to reveal the fake results!

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With 25% of the fake vote, the fake third place goes to song 1, “One” by Ida Una.

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The presenters start over with the revelation of the fake results.

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With 25% of the fake vote, the fake third place still goes to song 1.

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The song in fake second place has received 33% of the fake vote, the winner got 42 %.

The fake winner of the dress rehearsal is song 3, “Color My World” by Rikke Skytte, who will now reprise her song.

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The winner’s reprise concludes the show.

About Marek Poulsen (Denmark)

Marek Poulsen (Denmark)
I'm Marek from Denmark, a Eurovision follower for as long as I remember. I've attended every Danish final since 2011, and Eurovision in 2013 and 2014, but I also follow many other national selections. Professionally, I work with digital communication in the public education sector.

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