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. We are taking a day trip from Copenhagen to Paris to sample Leonora with her multilingual entry “Love Is Forever”. Are we feeling the love? Read on to find out.

Leonora — “Love Is Forever”

“Love Is Forever” reviews

Antranig: I can already see a song containing the lyrics “don’t get too political” being sandwiched between Armenia and Azerbaijan in the running order. All jokes aside, this is a respectable entry by a very talented vocalist. My only concern is that it is extremely forgettable. After listening to all ten songs, I remember very little of “Love Is Forever” other than “that French song”. That won’t bode well in a sea of 26 songs at Eurovision. This song is a bit too safe and more than a bit too basic for my liking.

Score: 5/10

Jordi: What a breath of fresh air! Leonora’s “Love is Forever” captures attention from the very first note, with the spot-on ukulele joining her offering. Leonora’s angelic yet personal tone shines second per second. It’s sweet but vibrant, beating in a pleasant pace following an enchanting melody. Her language change manages to keep the listener’s attention by adding dynamism. Such an exquisite composition.

Score: 7/10

Oliver: A cute and breezy number performed by a very capable and fitting vocalist. This song definitely hits the mark when it comes to less is more. There are no illusions or tricks or gimmicks — “Love Is Forever” is just a simple yet accessible song with a simple yet accessible message. It is reminiscent in some aspects to Finland’s 2011 entry into the contest but a tad more uplifting too. Finally, the icing on the cake was the inclusion of multiple languages towards the end, which added another layer of sweetness to what was already a very sweet song.

Score: 8.5/10

Luis: It puzzles me that this is one of the best options Denmark has. Leonora’s “Love Is Forever” is as pleasant as it is forgettable. She’s got a beautiful voice and her song is a beautiful lullaby which could come from any moment in the past 50 years. Sweetness and simplicity are always appreciated but I’d rather have a bit more spice. Extra points for the French.

Score: 6/10

Patrick: Honeycomb, cotton candy and loads of love — Leonora sounds like the cutest little flower in a big garden of colourful flowers. Now usually I would start complaining about how simple it is and how she is trying so hard to be sweet — but actually none of that is true because it all makes sense. Simplicity rules sometimes and Leonora won’t need a big show to impress. Let her sit on a park bench with Paris in the backdrop — people will eat her up and vote for her. This is definitely a contender and it shows that love could really be forever.

Score: 8.5/10

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:

Cinan: 7.5/10

Natalie: 7.5/10

Julian: 4.5/10

Robyn: 7/10

Florian: 5/10

Deban: 7/10

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 4.5 and a high of 8.5.

Wiwi Jury Verdict: 6.72/10

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Evan
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Evan

This is a twinge “Manic Pixie Dream Girl,” but it’s sweet and could be staged well. I do wonder whether it might be too quiet for the Eurovision stage.

up!
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This is cute and I love the switch to other languages in the end. It brings a little what I would call Yael Naim-flair (although not reaching quite the same level)…
In a very weak Danish preselection, this actually is my favourite…

Gwendal
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Best Danish entry of the year, and that’s a bad one. SRSLY, Denmark?

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Skiwalko

“Love is forever” – very nice, warm entry, in the spirit of hygge. That’s the one I imagine myself listening to while sitting next to the fireplace with friends and family. And she can skate, it would be a cool concept to have her singing and skating at the same time, with nice choreography and story being told.

Héctor
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Héctor

“Love is forever” wouldn’t be out of place in a romantic musical or comedy. It is enjoyable for one listen, but it may be too sweet and get an overdose. Also, stop with those cheesy titles… “Love is forever”? Better choose another title, we’ve already heard that a million times.

Una
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Una

It’s the only song from DMGP that’s caught my attention this year. It feels bland and safe and unoriginal sound wise. It feels like I’ve heard it a thousand times from across the pond. But strangely I like it a lot. The lyrics are cute despite being very generic. And I love that I understand most of it with all that Danish, French and German. So this is my winner from Danmark and I will listen to it again and I can’t wait to see it live. Lykke til!

Polegend Godgarina
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sounds like something sys bjerre would record. i stan

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Purple Mask

It’s the Danish equivalent of “That’s how to write a song”. This really is the definitive formula of how to write a song. It’s so perfect in its construction – there is not a single note, harmony or rhythm out of place that I can fault on a technical level. The vocal on the other hand goes noticeably flat in the Choruses, so Leonora herself must know to work on this for DMGP. In theory, this is my favourite to win in Denmark. In practice, it will entirely depend on Leonora’s likeability factor on stage. That’s a lot of performer… Read more »

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Agree whith you .In practice, it will entirely depend on Leonora’s likeability factor on stage. That’s a lot of performer pressure. I wish her well.
Karen lost DMGP 2012 with Universe because that (song by Lissa Cable )

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Hrvatska

I know it’s a bit not, given the subject but Raiven after the situation in the ema officially confirmed that he is not going to try to participate in the Eurovision in the coming years. RTV Slo needs to improve ema or choose internally, because, from year to year, this is increasingly causing controversy

Colin
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Colin

Love is Forever – The song is so sappy and typical that I should think it’s awful. Still, it somehow comes off as quite cute. I know, I’m in shock myself… I mean, when you look at the lyrics and tempo, this has no right to work and yet, surprisingly it does! Sure, it’s way too safe to go far at ESC, but it creates an endearing moment. – 7/10

Porsteinn
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Porsteinn

It’s nothing special but very charming nonetheless. And that’s more that I can say than about the other Danish songs.

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Briekimchi

This is the entry that I cannot stand! This type of female vocal has surely been done to death by now?
This is actually the favourite… and considering Starlight actually came second last year, annoying doesn’t seem to bother the Danes much. Mortifying.

PP77
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PP77

Love is forever and Starlight compose Lisse Cable, woman who gave Denmark first and two times 5th place in ESC.
I think Lorena is winner DMGP this year.In ESC from 6 to 10 place in final (with juries 4-7, with televote 7-10)