Denmark – The Danish national broadcaster’s official website announced today that music experts from Germany, Norway, Russia and Azerbaijan will join the jury of Dansk Melodi Grand Prix this year. DR spokesperson Jan Lagermand Lundme said that Denmark was close to win the contest in recent years and with the new format they’d try to make it all the way in 2012. They thus follow in the footsteps of Sweden, where international juries made up half of the result of Melodifestivalen in 2011.
DR hopes that the international jury will make the result more unpredictable and will choose a song with international appeal for Denmark. The jury will attribute 50% of the final result. It was also revealed that the national final on January 21 will be divided into 2 phases. First all artists perform their song and the jury and audience will have their vote. Then the three most voted acts advance to the super final.