All of our readers likely know that Emmelie de Forest won the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2013 with the song “Only Teardrops”. They also likely know that Emmelie performed “Rainmaker” at Eurovision 2014, that her single “Drunk Tonight” came with a sizzling video of Miss de Forest in a bikini, that she has been romantically involved with a man who is 22 years older than her, and that her sexy flutist from Malmö is a personal trainer who uses the name @pumpsticks on Instagram. However, based on a totally unscientific wiwibloggs survey, the typical Dane doesn’t even know who the hell Emmelie is.

Let me explain. During a recent trip to Copenhagen, wiwiblogger Deban Aderemi put random locals (and a few tourists) on the spot by asking them to identify Emmelie after seeing two large photographs. They did not perform well. Foreigners we can maybe understand. But we were shocked when the majority of Danes could not identify their nation’s most recent Eurovision winner. 

You can watch the video below. Are you surprised that the locals struggled? What would happen if we ran the Emmelie test in your country? Surely everyone in Russia, Norway, Sweden and Austria can recognise their most recent winners…

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Alex
Alex
5 years ago

not surprising as Emmelie is not popular in the country. Rainmaker became a moderate hit due to Eurovision, but her album flopped and Only Teadrops went only Gold (Eurovision winning songs sell way more than that in home countries). I don’t know if Danes don’t care about Eurovision or they don’t like her music. They did not deserve to win in 2013. Norway or Netherlands should have won.

Jacob
Jacob
5 years ago

I think 1 out of 4 is a pretty high score. Considering she is a singer. The score would probably be higher if you would let the people hear the Only Teardrops song instead of a picture. I don’t know from 90% of the singers on my ipod how they look like, even though I like them.

Krinos
Krinos
5 years ago

I like how you put a picture of Michele for the “no” answers, haha.

Jak
Jak
5 years ago

It is same for the most winners (sadly including Loreen; but sure that Swedes could recognise her) of 2010s except Lena, Conchita and Mans.

It is like the songwriters were the real winners in 2011, 2012 and 2013; they have been having much more succesful careers than the performing artists’.

Álex, from Spain
Álex, from Spain
5 years ago

I can’t believe what I’ve just seen 🙁
How can’t they know who their Eurovision winner is? And some people saying she is the winner of the Melodi Grand Prix, but they don’t know what happened next?! Do they even know their country hosted the Eurovision last year? O_O

mawnck
mawnck
5 years ago

In my country? They wouldn’t recognize Conchita or Loreen either.

itallo
itallo
5 years ago

kkkkkkkkk, não pude deixar de perceber que alguma brasileira sem noção ao fundo estava perguntando cade o celular e a bolsa. Com certeza se fosse no brasil e algum dinamarquês perguntasse isso eu responderia “esqueça sua bolsa e seu celular foram roubados!”

Chris
5 years ago

I’m not really surprised. But I think that if they held up a picture of any of the Danish winners there would have been the same response.

Chris
Chris
5 years ago

Frankly speaking, it is very odd. Of course, we cannot rely on any valid surveys here, but still it is really surprising. We should take into consideration that it is Denmark! Not the UK, France, Italy or Austria where few cares about Eurovision. The country where the ratings are very high every year. How is it possible that they do not associate Emmelie? Very mysterious. Does it also mean that they do not know that Copenhagen hosted Eurovision one year ago? The comparison with the Olympic Games is not very relevant. The winner of the Eurovision is only one, in… Read more »

Leaf
Leaf
5 years ago

Bland winner bla bla……In my country (once in every few months) they play “Only Teardrops” on the radio……Plus the song is not that bland AND totally deserved to win in 2013….

Yuri Kus
Yuri Kus
5 years ago

I think half of the “no” answers is because of poorly selected photo (the second one in black-and-white), it is very difficult to recognize Emily on it.

Anfrufrafrafra
5 years ago

Would love you to do this at every place you visit! So interesting 😀

Huh
Huh
5 years ago

Kind of early, though. Emmelie is still fresh in their local music scene. I’d still give her a few years otherwise it may now be safe to say that Eurovision is getting unpopular even to countries like Denmark!

Adam
Adam
5 years ago

Aw, i guess its a bit disappointing. She’s at the very least a really talented songwriter and she’s still young, maybe her time at fame will still arrive 🙂 if you were there about a month and a half ago you couldve asked me as a tourist and i wouldve got it right!

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
5 years ago

It was a very disappointing winner but I am surprised that Danes are not able to recognise her. Considering how terrible their last two entries have been, I would have thought that she would be even more highly thought of now!

RL
RL
5 years ago

Asking tourists at tourist locations…

Deniz
Deniz
5 years ago

Mans is awesome and his song is still playing in my country (The netherlands, but you probaly all know by now) along with Belgium and oir own song. And suprisingly I always hear the instrumental version of Sweden 2008 Hero on TV shows too.
and some more too.

Alice
Alice
5 years ago

@Robyn: I can remember Tom Daley! And Zara Phillips! And…that’s about it, really.

But yeah, I’m not surprised most Danes can’t remember Emmelie. Compared to some of the recent winners, ‘Only Teardrops’ was a bit bland, and again, her career hasn’t really gone anywhere. Seems she peaked at Eurovision :/

Robyn Gallagher
Admin
5 years ago

I guess unlike Måns and Conchita – who were well known in their home countries before Eurovision – Emmelie was a relative unknown when she won DMGP. But not only that – after she won Eurovision, her pop career didn’t really go anywhere. If she’s going to be recognisable, it’s for a thing she did two years ago, so she’ll only be remembered by those interested in Eurovision and/or DMGP.

How many of your country’s medal winners from the 2012 Olympics can you now remember?

Eloa
Eloa
5 years ago

@Oostenrijk i will respectfuly disagree with you about Sweden 2015. In my country it’s still charting pr?ty high and also made the contest seem more serious and respected (again). And also it’s not the first hit by Mans Zelmerlow, at least not in the Baltic-countries (Scandinavia, Baltics, Poland, Russia, Germany). It’s far for bland.

cheesecake
cheesecake
5 years ago

Quite surprising, especially because I thought Eurovision was a very big deal in Denmark.
Great video, you should do more of that!

MirkoJoshua
MirkoJoshua
5 years ago

“Do you recognise…”
“No, thanks”
How kind ahah

Oostenrijk
Oostenrijk
5 years ago

Along with Russia 2008, Azerbaijan 2013 and Sweden 2015 a superbland winner of our times.

yay
yay
5 years ago

well it’s not like she achieved anything after the victory. The song wasn’t a hit either. Still a little bit surprised but not *wtf* surprised.