She was crowned winner of Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2019 on Saturday. But it turns out that 20-year-old Leonora wasn’t the viewers’ favourite to represent Denmark at Eurovision in Tel Aviv.
National broadcaster DR has just revealed the results from yesterday’s Dansk Melodi Grand Prix super final, which featured Sigmund, Leonora and Julie & Nina. And the numbers show that the jury and the televoters didn’t exactly see eye to eye.
The jury and the televoters had 50 per cent of the vote each, and the jury preferred Leonora and her warm and melodious “Love is forever” and placed her as number one with 24 per cent of the votes. Interestingly, the jury didn’t place fan favourite “League of Light” with Julie & Nina as runner-up, but only put them in third place with 12 per cent. The jury gave Sigmund and “Say My Name” 14 per cent of the votes.
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The viewers, on the other hand, fell in love with the Danish-Greenlandic tune and named Julie & Nina the winners with 23 per cent of the vote. They put Leonora second with 18 per cent, while Sigmund had to settle for only nine per cent of the televote.
The results in total:
- Leonora: 42 per cent
- Julie & Nina: 35 per cent
- Sigmund: 23 per cent
DR: Voting system here to stay
DR’s Eurovision boss Jan Lagermand Lundme is content with the current voting system even though the viewers and the jury didn’t agree on who the 2019 DMGP winner should be.
“This system is what is most viable when it comes to getting far in Eurovision. The people and the jury may focus on different things and that gives a broad focus”, Jan Lagermand Lundme explains to DR’s Grand Prix site.
Confusion about Greenlandic votes
After the show was over many Greenlandic voters complained about the fact that they hadn’t received a confirmation from DR that their text message vote had been registered. That led to a lot of speculation and confusion about whether Julie & Nina had missed a lot of votes which, in the worst case, could have cost them the victory.
However, Jan Lagermand Lundme assures viewers that all valid votes have been registered.
“We haven’t experienced any errors in our text message voting, we would catch that very quickly. And we got a lot of votes from Greenland”, the Danish Eurovision boss says to newspaper BT.
Leonora "Love is Forever" wins Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2019 | REACTIONLeonora has won Denmark's Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2019 with "Love is Forever". She'll sing at Eurovision 2019 in Tel Aviv. We react to the DMGP 2019 superfinal, which included Julie & Nina with "League of Light" and Sigmund with "Say My Name".
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