The Eurovision Song Contest is hugely popular in Denmark and Sweden and in February and March the national selections take place on both sides. It is all about finding out who and which songs will represent Sweden and Denmark in the Eurovision Song Contest in the Ukrainian capital Kiev in May. And it IS a big thing.
Some refer openly to Eurovision as gay Christmas while others see it as a guilty pleasure that is best kept quiet. And yes, there are also people who really do not like the glitter, camp and often questionable songwriting skills that are classic elements of the Eurovision Song Contest. Nevertheless it remains a concept that tends to gather a big part of the gay community around big tv screens both in bars and cafés as well as at home.
Dansk Melodi Grand Prix
Denmark calls the national selections for “Dansk Melodi Grand Prix” and opposite to their Swedish neighbours the Danes only need one night to decide who will represent them in Kiev, Ukraine.
The Danish broadcaster DR is organising the Melodi Grand Prix 2017 which is being held in Herning in Jutland on 25 February and transmitted live on DR. 10 songs from 10 quite different artists have been selected by industry professionals and was revealed on January 19.
While the Danish national selection does not have well-established names competing this year, one of the more interesting artists to look out for is Sada Vidoo who rose to fame in the British X Factor in 2016 with an audition that has now been seen by more than 2.5 million people on YouTube. Sada Vidoo describes herself as a living doll and she will perform the song “Northern Lights” in the Danish Melodi Grand Prix 2017.
In case you have not already been invited to a private Grand Prix party in Copenhagen, most of the gay bars in town will be showing the Melodi Grand Prix on big screens.
Loreen and Charlotte Perrelli are back
In Sweden the national selections are called “Melodifestivalen” – or simply “Mello” – and it takes an impressive 6 shows in a periode of 5 weeks for the Swedes to decide which artist and song will get the honour of representing them in the Eurovision Song Contest.
On February 4 the first preliminary round will be held in Gothenburg and on February 11 the second preliminary round will take place in Malmö Arena. After two more preliminary rounds and a “second chance” the big national final is ready to go down on March 11 in Friends Arena in Stockholm.
This year the Swedish national selections include previous Eurovision winners Loreen and Charlotte Perrelli making Eurovision fans speculate that Sweden is going all in to once again win and bring the Eurovision Song Contest back on Swedish soil in 2018. Loreen put most of Europe into a state of “Euphoria” in 2012 while Charlotte Perrelli gave Sweden a Eurovision victory back in 1999 with the song “Take Me to Your Heaven”.