Denmark: Follow our live blog from the DMGP 2016 dress rehearsal!

The dress rehearsal of Melodi Grand Prix 2016 will take place tonight at 20:00 CET. We are present at the Forum Horsens to do a live blog from everything happening there!

This post will contain spoilers about the show, including the performances, so stop reading now if you want to be surprised tomorrow. But if you want a sneak peek of the show, read on.

Melodi Grand Prix 2016 will take place tomorrow at 20:00 CET in Forum Horsens, Horsens.

These are the candidates:

  1. David Jay – Rays of Sunlight
  2. Simone – Heart Shaped Hole
  3. Bracelet – Breakaway
  4. Sophia Nohr – Blue Horizon
  5. Veronicas Illusion – The Wrong Kind
  6. Lighthouse X – Soldiers of Love
  7. Kristel Lisberg – Who Needs a Heart
  8. Jessica – Break it Good
  9. Muri & Mario – To Stjerner
  10. Anja Nissen – Never Alone

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Marek Poulsen (Denmark) Marek Poulsen (Denmark) February 12, 20168:02 pm

The dress rehearsal is about to start, a few minutes late.

Marek Poulsen (Denmark) Marek Poulsen (Denmark) February 12, 20168:07 pm

The dress rehearsal has started! The show begins with a pre-recorded sequence which reminds us of the Olsen Brothers and Emmelie de Forest’s victories in ESC 2000 & 2013, both held in Sweden. Will Denmark win in Sweden again?

Marek Poulsen (Denmark) Marek Poulsen (Denmark) February 12, 20168:11 pm

We’re now inside the arena. The presenters, Hilda Heick, Annette Heick and Jacob Riising perform a humorous cabaret-style opening act with the dancers.

Marek Poulsen (Denmark) Marek Poulsen (Denmark) February 12, 20168:14 pm

The presenters explain the format of the show and the voting rules. We are then introduced to the members of the expert jury, who will have 50% of the say in the first voting round.

Marek Poulsen (Denmark) Marek Poulsen (Denmark) February 12, 20168:15 pm

It’s time for song 1, “Rays of Sunlight” by David Jay.

Marek Poulsen (Denmark) Marek Poulsen (Denmark) February 12, 20168:19 pm

David Jay is joined on stage by 4 male dancers, who perform an energetic dance routine. David is wearing a white shirt underneath a black jacket and black trousers, while the dancers are dressed in black trousers and pink turtleneck shirts. The vocals are strong throughout. We see some fireworks when the last chorus kicks in.

Marek Poulsen (Denmark) Marek Poulsen (Denmark) February 12, 20168:20 pm

Time for song 2, “Heart Shaped Hole” by Simone, who is the bookmaker’s favourite for winning.

Marek Poulsen (Denmark) Marek Poulsen (Denmark) February 12, 20168:25 pm

Simone starts the song alone on stage, standing on a podium underneath a silver heart. She is wearing an elegant and very sparkly silver-coloured dress. During the second verse, she walks down from the podium and is joined by a male-female couple of dancers performing a jazz ballet routine. Silver confetti falls down from the roof during the last chorus. During the first verse, Simone sounds quite nervous, but quickly recovers to deliver a strong vocal performance. The performance feels a bit flat, though.

Marek Poulsen (Denmark) Marek Poulsen (Denmark) February 12, 20168:25 pm

Now over to the green room, where Hilda Heicks chats with David Jay. She then explains that viewers will be able to chat with the performers during the show at DR’s website.

Marek Poulsen (Denmark) Marek Poulsen (Denmark) February 12, 20168:27 pm

Time for song 3, “Breakaway” by Bracelet.

Marek Poulsen (Denmark) Marek Poulsen (Denmark) February 12, 20168:32 pm

Bracelet are donning a typical band setup, joined by two male dancers. The backdrop and lighting are pink, with the band members dressed mainly in black, blue and silver. We have fireworks when the key change kicks in. Also very strong vocals for this performance.

Marek Poulsen (Denmark) Marek Poulsen (Denmark) February 12, 20168:34 pm

We are now shown a pre-recorded sequence featuring Hilda Heick and her husband, Keld, who has co-written several Danish Eurovision entries over the years. Hilda is obviously the one who wears the trousers in their family. Emmelie de Forest and the Olsen Brothers also appears in the video, revealing how Hilda has had a big hand in their Eurovision winning songs.

Marek Poulsen (Denmark) Marek Poulsen (Denmark) February 12, 20168:36 pm

Time for song 4, “Blue Horizon” by Sophia Nohr.

Marek Poulsen (Denmark) Marek Poulsen (Denmark) February 12, 20168:39 pm

Sophia starts the song sitting on a chair, joined on stage by a bass player and a drummer, and lots of white trees. Black, white and blue colours dominate the staging, with Sophia wearing a bohème-style greyish dress and a cream-coloured shawl. Generally strong vocals, though Sophia missed quite a few of the high notes.

Marek Poulsen (Denmark) Marek Poulsen (Denmark) February 12, 20168:40 pm

It’s time for song 5, “The Wrong Kind” by Veronicas Illusion.

Marek Poulsen (Denmark) Marek Poulsen (Denmark) February 12, 20168:45 pm

Veronica is joined on stage by four female dancers, who also pretend to be doing backing-vocals. The performance is energetic and very colourful. She wears a blue baseball jacket over a pink top and a golden knee-lengh skirt. Veronica has been suffering from a throat infection, but still manages to deliver a strong vocal performance.

Marek Poulsen (Denmark) Marek Poulsen (Denmark) February 12, 20168:46 pm

Back to the green room, where Hilda talks first to Simone and then to Muri & Mario.

Marek Poulsen (Denmark) Marek Poulsen (Denmark) February 12, 20168:47 pm

Sophia starts the song sitting on a chair, joined on stage by a bass player and a drummer, and lots of white trees. Black, white and blue colours dominate the staging, with a backdrop featuring close-up shots of Sophia herself. She is wearing a bohème-style grey dress and a cream-coloured shawl. Generally strong vocals, though Sophia missed quite a few of the high notes.

Marek Poulsen (Denmark) Marek Poulsen (Denmark) February 12, 20168:50 pm

It’s time for another tongue-in-cheek video sequence, with Hilda playing the role of a very strict coach to several former DMGP participants, including Birthe Kjær, Stig Rossen, Dario Campeotto, Babou, and Søren Poppe of Rollo & King.

Marek Poulsen (Denmark) Marek Poulsen (Denmark) February 12, 20168:50 pm

Time for song 6, “Soldiers of Love” by Lighthouse X.

Marek Poulsen (Denmark) Marek Poulsen (Denmark) February 12, 20168:55 pm

The performance starts with a close-up of group member Johannes Nymark, before Søren Bregendahl is also introduced. For the chorus, the camera zooms out to reveal the entire band. They deliver a typical boyband performance with strong vocals. The guys are all wearing black, with the staging dominated by colours. Fireworks for the last chorus.

Marek Poulsen (Denmark) Marek Poulsen (Denmark) February 12, 20168:55 pm

Time for song 7, “Who Needs a Heart” by Kristel Lisberg.

Marek Poulsen (Denmark) Marek Poulsen (Denmark) February 12, 20168:56 pm

Veronica is joined on stage by four female dancers, who also pretend to be doing backing-vocals. The performance is energetic and very colourful. She wears a blue baseball jacket over a pink top and a golden knee-lengh skirt. Veronicas has been suffering from a throat infection, but still manages to deliver a strong vocal performance.

Marek Poulsen (Denmark) Marek Poulsen (Denmark) February 12, 20169:01 pm

Wearing an elegant grey dress adorned with lots of beaded strings, Kristel is joined on stage by a violinist, four backing singers and lots of heavy smoke. The staging is dominated by white, black and grey colours, turning orange for the last chorus. During the second chorus, the backing singer start moving around on segboards. Very emotional performance featuring the strongest vocals of the night so far.

Marek Poulsen (Denmark) Marek Poulsen (Denmark) February 12, 20169:01 pm

Next up is song 8, “Break It Good” by Jessica.

Marek Poulsen (Denmark) Marek Poulsen (Denmark) February 12, 20169:05 pm

Jessica delivers a laid-back, summery and very colourful performance, joined on stage by a female DJ and two female dancer. Later on, a male dancer joins the girls. The backdrop is green during the verses, turning orange for the chorus. Everyone on stage is dressed in very colourful outfits. Once again, we are treated to a strong vocal performance.

Marek Poulsen (Denmark) Marek Poulsen (Denmark) February 12, 20169:06 pm

Time for song 9, “To hjerter” by Muri & Mario, the only entry in the line-up which is sung in Danish.

Marek Poulsen (Denmark) Marek Poulsen (Denmark) February 12, 20169:11 pm

Wearing white and black, Muri & Mario are standing at the front of the stage throughout the song, with two dancers performing aerial acrobatis in the back.For the second chorus, we also briefly see a guitar player standing in the green room, who joins them on stage towards the end of the song. Silver confetti falls from the roof during the last chorus. Shaky vocals.

Marek Poulsen (Denmark) Marek Poulsen (Denmark) February 12, 20169:11 pm

Time for song 10, “Never Alone” by Anja Nissen.

Marek Poulsen (Denmark) Marek Poulsen (Denmark) February 12, 20169:16 pm

Wearing a black knee-length dress, Anja starts the song standing with her back to the audience. She turns around and is joined by three male dancers and two female backing singers for an energetic performance. Wearing a black knee-length dress. The backdrop is mainly red and orange. Very strong vocals throughout and lots of fireworks during the last chorus. Overall, people in the press centre seem to agree that this is the most likely winner!

Marek Poulsen (Denmark) Marek Poulsen (Denmark) February 12, 20169:16 pm

All 10 songs have now been performed, and it’s time for the first recap.

Marek Poulsen (Denmark) Marek Poulsen (Denmark) February 12, 20169:21 pm

Wearing white and black, Muri & Mario are standing at the front of the stage throughout the song, with two dancers performing aerial acrobatis in the back.For the second chorus, we also briefly see a guitar player standing in the green room, who joins them on stage towards the end of the song. Silver confetti falls from the roof during the last chorus. Muri & Mario look a bit nervous and their vocals are quite shaky.

Marek Poulsen (Denmark) Marek Poulsen (Denmark) February 12, 20169:22 pm

MGP Junior takeover! The 10 participants of next week’s MGP Junior final are now on stage to perform this year’s MGP Junior theme song.

Marek Poulsen (Denmark) Marek Poulsen (Denmark) February 12, 20169:23 pm

Wearing a black knee-length dress, Anja starts the song standing with her back to the audience. She turns around and is joined by three male dancers and two female backing singers for an energetic performance. Wearing a black knee-length dress. The backdrop is mainly red and orange, and very effective. Very strong vocals throughout and lots of fireworks during the last chorus. Overall, people in the press centre seem to agree that this is the most likely winner!

Marek Poulsen (Denmark) Marek Poulsen (Denmark) February 12, 20169:24 pm

The voting is now over.

Marek Poulsen (Denmark) Marek Poulsen (Denmark) February 12, 20169:24 pm

Fake superfinalist number one is song 3, “Breakaway” by Bracelet.

Marek Poulsen (Denmark) Marek Poulsen (Denmark) February 12, 20169:25 pm

The second fake superfinalist is song 6, “Soldiers of Love” by Lighthouse X.

Marek Poulsen (Denmark) Marek Poulsen (Denmark) February 12, 20169:26 pm

The last fake superfinalist is song 10, “Never Alone” by Anja Nissen.

Marek Poulsen (Denmark) Marek Poulsen (Denmark) February 12, 20169:28 pm

Another pre-recorded sequence with Hilda, now with a Swedish couple who seem to be willing to do everything in order for Sweden to win Eurovision 2017, which is of course to be held in Denmark.

Marek Poulsen (Denmark) Marek Poulsen (Denmark) February 12, 20169:29 pm

Another humourous pre-recorded sequence with Hilda, now with a Swedish couple who seem to be willing to do everything in order for Sweden to win Eurovision 2017, which is of course to be held in Denmark.

Marek Poulsen (Denmark) Marek Poulsen (Denmark) February 12, 20169:30 pm

The jury is dismissed. In the superfinal, the winner is decided by televoting alone. The voting is re-opened.

Marek Poulsen (Denmark) Marek Poulsen (Denmark) February 12, 20169:33 pm

Bracelet reprise their song. They seem even more confident on stage this time around and smile a lot more, delivering another strong vocal performance. They audience inside the arena obviously like the song.

Marek Poulsen (Denmark) Marek Poulsen (Denmark) February 12, 20169:37 pm

In another pre-recorded sequence, former Danish Eurovision commentator Jørgen de Mylius and singer Isam B explain what Denmark’s first ESC winner, “Dansevise”, means to them and what has made the song an evergreen in Danish music.

Marek Poulsen (Denmark) Marek Poulsen (Denmark) February 12, 20169:41 pm

Time for the second fake superfinalist, Lighthouse X, to reprise their song. It is now obvious that they were holding back during their first performance. They are very popular with the audience. At several points during the song, you can hear the sound of screaming girls.

Marek Poulsen (Denmark) Marek Poulsen (Denmark) February 12, 20169:42 pm

Back to the greenroom, where Annette talks to Mich Hedin Hansen aka Cutfather, who was in charge of selecting the 10 entries competing in Melodi Grand Prix 2016.

Marek Poulsen (Denmark) Marek Poulsen (Denmark) February 12, 20169:46 pm

Fake superfinalist number three, Anja Nissen, delivers a reprise performance, which once again showcases her vocal abilities. She reveives a standing ovation from the audience.

Marek Poulsen (Denmark) Marek Poulsen (Denmark) February 12, 20169:46 pm

Time for tonight’s second recap, this time featuring only the three superfinalists.

Marek Poulsen (Denmark) Marek Poulsen (Denmark) February 12, 20169:49 pm

At this point, there will be some kind of surprise during the actual live show.

Marek Poulsen (Denmark) Marek Poulsen (Denmark) February 12, 20169:49 pm

The presenters are now ready to announce tonight’s fake winner.

Marek Poulsen (Denmark) Marek Poulsen (Denmark) February 12, 20169:50 pm

Song 3 by Bracelet has finished 3rd with 33% of the votes.

Marek Poulsen (Denmark) Marek Poulsen (Denmark) February 12, 20169:50 pm

The fake winner of tonight is either Lighthouse X or Anja Nissen.

Marek Poulsen (Denmark) Marek Poulsen (Denmark) February 12, 20169:51 pm

With 34% of the votes, Lighthouse X are the fake winners of the dress rehearsal.

Marek Poulsen (Denmark) Marek Poulsen (Denmark) February 12, 20169:52 pm

Last year’s winners, Anti Social Media, will be here tomorrow to present the winner’s award to the winner.

Marek Poulsen (Denmark) Marek Poulsen (Denmark) February 12, 20169:52 pm

The show is over. Tomorrow, the winner will reprise the winning song once again.

Marek Poulsen (Denmark) Marek Poulsen (Denmark) February 12, 201611:07 pm

In collaboration with Mette and Michael from Good Evening Europe, we conducted a poll among the dress rehearsal audience after the dress rehearsal was over, asking 349 people about their favourites.

This was the result of the poll:

  1. Lighthouse X – 48.7 %
  2. Anja Nissen – 21.5 %
  3. Bracelet – 11.5 %
  4. Sophia Nohr – 7.4 %
  5. David Jay – 2.9 %
  6. Simone – 2.3 %
  7. Muri & Mario – 2.3 %
  8. Jessica – 1.7 %
  9. Veronicas Illusion 1.1 %
  10. Kristel Lisberg – 0.7 %
Please remember that Bracelet, Lighthouse X and Anja Nissen got to perform their songs twice, which may have affected people’s opinions of the songs.

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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