En route to winning the Danish series of The X Factor back in March, Emilie Esther tackled Sia, Lady Gaga and Beyoncé. The 16-year-old shined bright — and Danish national broadcaster DR couldn’t resist basking in her glow. As Emilie made clear in a recent interview with Her & Nu, DR has offered her one of the 10 coveted spots in the final of Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2016 — Denmark’s national selection for Eurovision.
And while Emilie is definitely interested, she hasn’t yet committed. “It’s a little complicated,” she said. “Of course I would like it, but there’s also my school, which I have to do.”
She already knows the challenges that musical competition can bring to an education. During her four months on the X Factor, she had a personal tutor but has found it difficult to get back on track afterwards.
Her X-Factor mentor, Remee, is known for writing Eurovision tunes. He started his journey with Germany’s No Angels (“Disappear”) in 2008, returned with Soluna Samay (“Should Have Known Better”) in 2012, and took a third turn with Anti Social Media (“The Way You Are”) in 2015. If young Emilie accepts the gig, Remee is expected to compose her entry.
Melodi Grand Prix 2016 will take place on 13 February 2016.
Despite winning The X Factor, Emilie has struggled to gain traction in the charts: Ekstrabladet went as far as to call her a “flop”. (It’s a curse that has struck pretty much all of the Danish X Factor winners after the first winner Martin Hedegaard). Her EP didn’t crack the TOP 40 on the Danish charts and she’s currently preparing a comeback under a different name: Saveus. (Save y’all from what?!)