He has come to Lisbon to sail away with the Eurovision trophy. But Rasmussen and his fellow Vikings were knocked off course during the first rehearsals in Lisbon today. The problem was snow — or rather the wrong kind of snow.

According to Head of the Danish Eurovision delegation Jan Lagermand Lundme, the snow effect at the end of “Higher Ground” didn’t in any way live up to the team’s needs and expectations.

“The production team here in Portugal doesn’t get us and the snow we saw today became way too romantic and Christmasy,” he told DR’s Grand Prix site. “We want Jonas standing in a real blizzard, and they must fix that.”

From silk to soap

The blizzard effect is nothing new. During Dansk Melodi Grand Prix Rasmussen was also shrouded in snow, but that snow was made of white silk, whereas the Portuguese production team has chosen to use something more akin to soap.

“Because the soap-like snow is much lighter it falls down in a sweet and cosy way, and that just doesn’t work,” the Danish Eurovision boss says.

The lighter snow also meant that Rasmussen got some of it in his mouth during his rehearsal, which threw him off course for a second. But the strong Viking doesn’t need to worry. The Danish delegation has brought lots of the silky snow with it from home and Jan Lagermand Lundme is determined to get that snow on stage.

“Our own snow is heavier and falls down in a different way and we need to have that on stage — even if I myself have to force it down the machine that is blowing it out”.

What do you think about Denmark’s blizzard problems? Does the snow give the intended effect on stage or should it be scrapped? Let us know in the comments box below. 

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35 Comments on "Oh snow you didn’t! Denmark says RTP’s ‘soapy’ flakes don’t create the blizzard they need"

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zero gravity
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One more year with production problems. Many delegations have staging problems and the sound isn’t the best.

drag kvinna
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Danisss lengwitsss is useless

Wesley Gibson
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If you need the snow so badly, the song must really suck!!

Daniel_2017
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My thought exactly!

Álex
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Totally wrong. The stage presentation has to be well prepared at such an important occassion. Imagine Euphoria without the snow. It would’ve lost part of its magic.

Yellowman96
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Or Loreen standing still on stage singing her song ??? people are sooo naive to think the song itself can pull them through

Maria
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One of my favorites.

Mike
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I totally get that and how I wish Polish HoD would at least once fight for a perfect performance like that! Staging is everything in ESC and that’s totally understandable, hope they get that sorted 🙂

Siki
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This is my favorite article ever.

Ever.

“Our own snow is heavier and falls down in a different way and we need to have that on stage — even if I myself have to force it down the machine that is blowing it out”.

If this isn’t the epitome of Eurovision, Idk what is.

Geeky Monky
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Ygritte to Jon Snow: “No fluffy snuh, HARD snuh!”

Jon
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”We’ll give the world a show….It begins to snoooooow»…… ……………….. ……. I can’t stop laugh …………………………………………… …………………………………………… [Måns]: Step 3! Show the viewers your country’s ethnic background by using an old traditional folklore instrument that no-one’s heard of before [Petra]: No, no – in this case, it’s proven much more efficient to not use a young model. Go with an old man instead. A beard helps! [Måns]: This instrument is called a Swedish kvinnaböske – a small roundish piece from the horn family, inherited from the Vikings. Just make something up. No-one will know!…… ………… Step 7! The song. Everything… Read more »
iria
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It looks like they were using the snow reserved for Spain. LOL

Kit Kat
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“The lighter snow also meant that Rasmussen got some of it in his mouth “… Of course, we all know it won’t happen with blizzard heavy snow…

opus1612
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Last year they were complaining that they didnt’ t have enough pyro…now they want extra snow effects.i presume in the next year they will ask for a 50m olympic pool or somethin’ to have synchronized swimmers performing.

What about focus on the song and singing it well?The viewers and production would appreciate it.

Thiago
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Does anyone remember the smoke from Georgia’s Warrior a few years back? There was so much the next performance was covered in smoke too. Repeat with snow this year? Who performs after Denmark? haha

KuhKatz
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Well its the Russian Mountain, would lift this mess up too.

Nicolas
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Snow never happens in Lisbon. What would they expected lol

L’oiseau
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LOL Certainly not a blizzard!…

Guy
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Just sayin’ but…. Jan Lagermand is not the Danish HoD

Dan
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This is so Danish, lol. Our snow is better than yours! Good luck Danmark!

Jaki
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No amount of snow will save that terrible performance.

eee
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Why dont they just use white confetti?

florin
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they should bring JON SNOW… this is a real SNOW

Geeky Monky
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Damn. You won the pun match.

Wait… Jon Snow and Daenerish.

(Cause they’re danish, get it?) 🙂

William Lee Adams
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Not gonna lie. This made me LOL. THANK YOU!

florin
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with welcome. 😀

Jo.
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Instead, they got Jon Ola Sand.

Geeky Monky
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Jo,

He’s a sand snake? :O
Ohmagawd, they be among us.

Geeky Monky
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These vikings are such snowflakes.

I actually think they should complain as much as needed until they get the performance as they envisioned it. But I just had to make that joke. 🙂

Geeky Monky
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So danish. They even brought their own snow with them. Ahaha

Don’t mind me, I’m just having fun on my own.

Sabrina
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I’m glad that they’re working to bring a real blizzard then, because this snow works for Ireland’s entry but not so much to Denmark’s. Oh, and congratulations for the pun, Marlene, it really made me laugh!

Robyn Gallagher
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From the press room, the “snow” they used in the rehearsals did not look like snow. It was light and fluffy and gently fluttered down, rather than falling like fierce Viking snow.

MonsieurMadameDouzePoints
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MonsieurMadameDouzePoints

Uhm okaaaay? First of all with all the silk it will be much harder to remove the Snow, remember Loreen? They always had to either delay or have A break Because it took too much Damn Time to clean up! I think the Snow is fine. They should not complain so much geez…. It’s not like he’s gonna win anyway so whatever.

Frisian esc
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Well denmark is the fourth act down the road so a switch to the green room with one of the hosts would actually be very logical if we look back to other eurovisions.

Catriona Colville
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So because they can’t win, then they shouldn’t bother trying to get the performance perfect? They literally made one complaint. A valid one at that. The weather effects of the final chorus are important to create the atmosphere of actually being near the sea in bad weather. Its critical to the visual aspect.