“Here are the foreigners…”. Ekstrabladet Jan.15th 2012

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Article published on www.ekstrabladet.dk 15.01.12

Written by Pernille Christensen.

Link to original article:http://ekstrabladet.dk/flash/kultur/article1691191.ece

Translated by Marianne Saietz

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Here are the foreigners, who will find the danish Grand Prix-winner

Last years winner-duo, Ell & Nikki, are in the international jury, who will help finding the danish Grand Prix-winner

When danish MGP on Saturday will take place in Aalborg, there will, for the first time in danish Grand Prix-history,  be an international jury, participating in finding the winner.

Now, Denmarks Radio ( DR ) has put names and faces on the foreign musical professionals, who are going to take part in finding the song that will represent Denmark at Eurovision Song Contest in Azerbaijan in may.

Azerbaijan, Germany, Norway and Russia are the last four winner-nations and it is precisely from these countries, the jury-members are coming. In lead of the juries are former Grand Prix-winners and acknowledged musicians.

A good melody

One of them is norwegian Alexander Rybak, who won in 2009. He has a clear perception of how a good Grand Prix-song should sound.

“I will look for the melody.  For people who can tell a story through their melody and of course, that melody needs to bee good” – says Rybak to www.dr.dk

While the international jury is new in danish Melody Grand Prix, Sweden has used it for years – and Alexander Rybak thinks it is a brillant idea.

Song to the heart.

– “People should know, that it is a whole group of people from Norway, who will take part in the decision, so when we choose the best song, it will surely be the song who wins our hearts” ,  he says.

It is far from only, the international jury, who decides, who will win on Saturday. When the nine songs have been sung, a danish jury and the viewers choose 3 finalists. The votes of the jury and the votes of the viewers count 50 % each. The final is decided by a mix of viewers votes and jury-votes. The viewers votes count 50 % While a combination of the danish and the international juries votes count the last 50 %.

The danish artists who are going to perform the nine songs and the hosts of the MGP in Denmark. Photo: Linda Johansen

These are the members of Denmarks international jury on 21.1.2012

AZERBAIJAN
Nikki – Chairman of the azerbajdjan jury. Won the Eurovision Song Contest with Ell with the song ‘Running Scared.
Ell – Won the ESC together with Nikki in 2011.
Isa Melikov – Music Producer behind the great TV shows in Azerbaijan.
Dilara Kazikova – Popprincess and former participant in Azerbajdjans Grand Prix.
Aysel – Singer who stood for the ESC in 2009 in Azerbaijan together with Iranian-Swedish Arash and the song ‘Always’.

GERMANY
Oceana – Chairman of the German jury. R’n’B, Funk-Soul-star and TV host.
Rüdiger Brans – lead singer of Rock’n’Roll band The Baseballs.
Peter Bergener – Music Journalist and known ESC fan from Wuppertal.
Roger Cicero – Represented Germany in ESC in 2007 with ‘Frauen regier’n die Welt’.
Mike Rotges – Music Producer for Kylie Minogue and Tom Jones, and the man behind hit of Infernal ‘From Paris to Berlin’.

NORWAY
Alexander Rybak – Chairman of the Norwegian jury. Winner of ESC in 2009 with the song ‘Fairytale’.
Venche Knutzon – singer with more top10 hits and former participant in the Norwegian Melodi Grand Prix.
Omer Bhatti – Pakistani-Norwegian hip hop artist and close friend of Michael Jackson.
Kjell Petter Askersrud – Working for Universal in Oslo and is one of the great veterans of the Norwegian record industry.
Bjørn Johan Muri – Norwegian singer and former Eurovision participant with the highest selling single in Norway in 2011.

RUSSIA
Alexei Vorobjev – Chairman of the Russian jury. Represented Russia in ESC in 2011 with the song ‘Get You’.
Lera Masskva – Russian popsinger who was nominated as best female singer at the MTV Russian Music Awards.
Yuri Medianik – known classical musician who plays violin and accordion.
Anna Kulikova – One of Russia’s upcoming singers who are not yet known by the general public.
Juri Gradov – A great Russian singer with the classical repertoire. Replaces Mario Durand.

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