On Thursday, the BBC opened its submission period for its 2017 national selection, and already it has attracted the attention of one previous Eurovision winner — though this time as a songwriter. Danish artist Emmelie de Forest, who won Eurovision 2013 with “Only Teardrops” — revealed on social media that she has been attending a songwriting camp focused on writing for the British national selection.
Denmark’s third Eurovision winner posted a series of videos and photos to her Snapchat account (emmydeforest) which showed her hard at work at Medley Studios in Copenhagen.
The caption on the photos described Emmelie as being at the “Writing Camp for Eurovision songs for the UK Eurovision #medleystudio #copenhagen”
It’s not known if the songs created at the Danish songwriting camp will be entered along with the public submissions, or whether they will be considered as part of the BBC’s direct liaising with industry experts.
In the BBC’s earlier press release, music industry consultant Hugh Goldsmith said the British team were looking for a song that “will need to combine emotive lyrics and memorable melodies with a brilliant production.”
While Emmelie de Forest did not write her 2013 Eurovision winning song “Only Teardrops”, she is an experienced songwriter. Emmelie co-wrote most of the songs on her debut album Only Teardrops, and the later singles “Drunk Tonight” and “Hopscotch”.
She is also known for co-writing the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2016 entry “Never Alone”. The song had originally been intended for Emmelie herself, but she passed it on to the Danish-Australian singer Anja Nissen.
The song was plagued with controversy, when it was discovered that Emmelie had performed “Never Alone” at a live gig before the 1 September deadline. However, the EBU eventually gave the go-ahead and “Never Alone” became one of the frontrunners to win DGMP 2016. The song made it to the superfinal, where ageing boyband Lighthouse X eventually won with their song “Soldiers of Love”.
While Denmark has not qualified for the Eurovision final in the past two years, they have placed in the top 10 four times in the past decade — something the UK last achieved in 2009. Perhaps a little Danish songwriting talent is what Britain needs to get its groove back.
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