Wiwibloggs continues our series looking at the countries currently competing at Eurovision and the reasons why we love them. There must be something in the Baltic waters as Denmark continues to wow us each year with its variety of entries that would even outdo the number of flavours found on a smørrebrød.
Denmark first graced the Eurovision Song Contest stage in 1957. Since then, they have participated in the contest 46 times and had their first taste of victory in 1963. After a poor placing in 1966, the Danes pulled the plug and did not appear back on the Eurovision stage until 1978. Thankfully, since their return into the contest, they have been bestowed twice Eurovision glory — in 2000 and most recently in 2013 in Malmö. Here we share 10 reasons why we love Denmark at the Eurovision Song Contest.
1. They left us with Only Teardrops
From the sounds of the flute to folksy barefooted dancing, Emmelie de Forest’s performance left us with “Only Teardrops” of joy with this Eurovision classic. Deservingly so, de Forest’s magical pop melody claimed Denmark’s third Eurovision win in 2013.
2. Their first English performance was a quintessential ’90s pop love feast
With Eurovision abolishing the language rule, which had previously required all entrants to sing in their native tongue, it made way for the Danes to make their English debut a heartfelt one. Despite it being almost a new millennium in 1999, Denmark treated us to the quintessential ’90s romantic pop ballad “This Time I Mean It” by Trine Jepsen and Michael Techl. Good thing their love did mean it as their performance finished eighth.
3. They allowed Vikings to reach Higher Ground
Just when you thought that the world had already gone Viking crazy thanks to the slew of Scandinavian seafaring-themed television shows taking over our screens, the Danes took it up a notch. They sent bearded songful raider Rasmussen on a new-age Viking quest to the Eurovision stage. Together with four other burly Norsemen, Rasmussen took Eurovision to “Higher Ground” with cementing Denmark’s flag in ninth place.
4. They brought a taste of European Vegemite to Eurovision
After Australia’s inclusion in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2015, Denmark decided it too wanted to put some Aussie flair into the competition. In 2017, Danish-Australian pop singer Anja Nissen exercised her vocal gymnastics to sing “Where I Am” in Ukraine.
5. They returned to Eurovision after a long absence
A few years after their first Eurovision triumph in 1963, the Danes withdrew from the contest after placing 14th — a record low for them. All was redeemed in 1978 when Denmark made a thunderous return back onto the Eurovision stage with “Boom Boom” by Mabel.
6. Matching gold outfits
Glossy pastries aren’t the only golden thing to come out of Denmark. In 2006, Sidsel Ben Semmane gave Goldilocks a run for her money as she took to the stage in a matching top and bottom gold outfit to perform “Twist of Love” with similarly dressed back-up dancers. She didn’t win the title but her gold knee-high boots certainly made up for the lack of a shiny trophy.
7. Proving that age is no barrier
Maybe it was a case of seeing two veteran singers strumming on guitars and bonding over love that lead Denmark to claim its second Eurovision win in 2000. Despite being much older than their competitors, the Olsen Brothers’ old-fashioned feelgood love song “Fly on The Wings of Love” was a hit with pop charts around the world, landing at number one in neighbouring Sweden.
8. Giving us a fairy tale romance on stage
It seemed as though Denmark took inspiration from its famous son, author Hans Christian Andersen for its 2010 storybook performance in Oslo. Chanée & N’evergreen lit up our hearts with their almost Disneyesque song and outfits for “In a Moment Like This”.
9. They gave us sky-high hair
With both Jedward and A Friend in London sporting highrise hair in 2011, there surely wasn’t much hairspray left in the Düsseldorf makeup room. Despite coming in fifth place, it seems as though all four of the Danish boyband members had hair better placed with this rock-inspired entry.
10. Suited up synchronised dance moves
Who doesn’t love a cliché love song with cliché pop cultural references and dance moves? Maybe not the jury and public vote but we did (and still do!) Basim blessed us with his upbeat number supported by matching back-up (and suited-up) dancers.
What are your favourite moments from Denmark at Eurovision? Let us know in the comments section below!