The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — has travelled to Denmark to review the songs competing in Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2019. Today our focus is on Humørekspressen with the song “Dronning af baren”. Did we get the humour? Read on to find out.
Humørekspressen — “Dronning af baren”
“Dronning af baren” reviews
Natalie: Let’s get the obvious out of the way first — if Denmark want to bring the contest back to Copenhagen, this song isn’t the one to do it. And it doesn’t come close to Rasmussen’s magic. But for singing along to with a flagon of fine ale, it gets full marks. It’s a real blissful romp through Danish love and that deserves a lot of respect. For a regretfully monolingual Aussie, it’s not that accessible and gets a bit boring and repetitive, but the heart and soul is undeniable.
Julian: I’m not sure what to think about “Dronning af baren”. It kind of entertains me and I like the Danish language on one hand, but on the other hand this song goes nowhere. It doesn’t develop during the 3 minutes and I can’t imagine any staging that could elevate this song so much that many people would vote for it. It’s funny when it’s on but nobody will miss it when it’s off.
Robyn: “Dronning af baren” would be terrible as a Danish Eurovision entry, but I’m very happy to see it in DMGP. Humørekspressen are a dansktop band and that’s a genre that should be represented at DMGP. The song itself doesn’t have enough international appeal to work as a Eurovision entry, but it will be a wholesome addition to the national final.
Florian: This song doesn’t really belong to this year’s Dansk Melodi Grand Prix. It sounds more of a throwback to years I’m happy we’ve moved beyond by now. On the other hand, they’re bringing some Danish flavour in the competition which has to be appreciated. Overall, this has its place in the national selection but shouldn’t go anywhere further than that.
Deban: “Dronning af baren” speaks blue rinse in spades. Even when judging this by schlager standards, it sounds like a tired rehash song from the cassette era. Humørekspressen have notched an impressive catalogue of hits in Denmark between all four individual members. Unfortunately, their appearance here at Dansk Melodi Grand Prix adds little value to the playlist.
In our Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2019 Wiwi Jury, we have 11 jurors but only room for 5 reviews. The rest of our scores can be found below:
Before calculating the average score, the highest and lowest scores are dropped. This is to remove outliers and reduce potential bias. We have removed a low of 2 and a high of 6.