Leonora Colmar-Jepsen (known by the singular name Leonora) will represent Denmark at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv with her song “Love Is Forever”. It’s a quirky finger-clicking ballad and its heartwarming message will leave you smiling.

Danish broadcaster DR chose Leonora through its tried-and-tested Dansk Melodi Grand Prix selection show. She survived a field of ten finalists, and then a superfinal against much more established artists Sigmund and Julie & Nina, both of whom were considered strong favourites.

With Leonora’s performance in the second semi-final drawing closer by the day, we’ve gathered a list of ten facts that you need to know about Leonora. Lad os gøre det (Let’s do this)!

1. She hails from Hellerup

Her mix of style and simplicity was cultivated in this wealthy residential suburb to the north of the capital, Copenhagen. With a population of just under 18,800, one might think that Hellerup is a sleepy hamlet with not much going on. But Hellerup was home to the famous Tuborg brewery. It was an independent company for almost a hundred years before it merged with the better-known Carlsberg in 1970. Hellerup is also renowned for its boutiques and as a playground for the well-to-do as they cruise about on their yachts and boats…sign us up!

Interesting fact about Hellerup: It is also home to a popular science centre called the Experimentarium which was featured on Time Magazine’s list of the World’s 100 Greatest Places in 2018.

2. She has many passions

Her Instagram and Pinterest accounts reveal that Leonora is a young woman with many varied passions in life. A trip through her Instagram will reveal a love of friends, nature, figure skating, and provide a chronicle of her journey through Denmark’s Eurovision selection. A stroll through her Pinterest account uncovers a treasure trove of content, with everything from workout/training tips and inspirational quotes, to music (a fondness for former One Direction singer Harry Styles is very evident), fashion/photography, skating, and food/drink — everything from easy to prepare healthy dishes to decadent desserts. Leonora is obviously a foodie who doesn’t mind indulging. Give her a follow.

3. She supports others’ Eurovision journeys

Leonora was in attendance for both the dress rehearsal and the final of neighbouring Sweden’s Melodifestivalen and showed her support to everyone, even taking pictures with Hanna and Liamoo, Wiktoria and winner John Lundvik, who will join her in Tel Aviv.

4. Danish media has given her high-pressure nicknames

During DMGP, various media outlets christened her “The new Emmelie” (after Denmark’s Eurovision 2013 winner, Emmelie de Forrest) and “The Danish Lena” (after Germany’s Eurovision 2010 winner). It remains to be seen if Leonora can give Denmark its best finish since Emmelie’s win.

5. “Love is Forever” includes multiple languages

In her Eurovision song, Leonora effortlessly transitions through four languages — English, Danish, German and French. While this is the most languages included in one Eurovision song in a long time, it pales in comparison to three others. The entry that used the most languages is “It’s Just A Game”, sung by the Bendik Singers for Norway in 1973. It was performed in English and French, with some lyrics in Spanish, Italian, Dutch, German, Irish, Serbo-Croatian, Hebrew, Finnish, Swedish and Norwegian – a staggering 12 languages.

Bulgaria’s 2012 entry, “Love Unlimited”, had an equally mind-blowing 11 languages. Sung predominantly in Bulgarian, it also contained phrases in Turkish, Greek, Spanish, Serbo-Croatian, French, Romani, Italian, Azerbaijani, Arabic, and English. And the 1969 Yugoslav entry “Pozdrav svijetu” was mostly sung in Croatian, but included words in Spanish, German, French, English, Dutch, Italian, Russian, and Finnish. That’s nine languages!

6. Leonora isn’t afraid of paying her dues

While other up-and-coming artists with dreams of worldwide stardom might baulk at starting small, Leonora has written many of her own songs (which she hopes to release on an album), and has performed in cafés, libraries, and small school concerts throughout her homeland.

7. Her songwriting team boasts formidable credentials

The songwriters behind Leonora’s “Love Is Forever” include none other than Danish singer/songwriter Lise Cabble. She has written more than ten songs for DMGP and Eurovision performers over her decades-long career. This includes the 1995 Danish song “Fra Mols til Skagen”, co-written with Mette Mathiesen and performed by Aud Wilken. Her most notable credit is, of course,  “Only Teardrops” — the winner of Eurovision 2013. It was co-written with Julia Fabrin Jakobsen and Thomas Stengaard and performed by Emmelie de Forest.

8. Her love of fitness and skating isn’t just a hobby

During the DMGP process, Leonora was working as a figure skating trainer and choreographer. Gotta pay those bills!

9. She’s an international ice queen

Leonora was previously a two-time Danish national junior champion in ladies’ singles (2015-2016), as well as a national junior champion in ice dancing in 2017. She also competed on the international stage, making appearances for Denmark at the ISU Junior Grand Prix at Riga Cup 2015 in Riga, Latvia and the 2016 World Junior Figure Skating Championships in Debrecen, Hungary.

10. It runs in the family

Leonora isn’t the only talented one in her family. She won her 2017 Danish title with her younger brother Linus. Linus himself has skated nationally and internationally, winning a Danish national junior bronze medal in 2017. He also competed at the 2019 World Junior Figure Skating Championships a week ago in Zagreb, Croatia. He represented Spain in ice dancing with his partner, Sofia Val. Amazingly, 16th March was also his 18th birthday.

Do you have enough love for Leonora? Do you think she can come close to equalling Rasmussen’s ninth place from Eurovision 2018? Let us know in the comments below.

Read more Eurovision 2019 facts here.

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An American ESC Fan
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I like her song a lot, it’s really cute and she has a nice voice. She’s also really pretty! I wish Denmark luck in Israel in May 😀

Denis
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Denis

She is giving me Switzerland 2011 vibes. Cute and all but who votes for cute?

Elsa
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Elsa

This girl has the charisma of a mackerel.

Tonton Fée
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Tonton Fée

L’amour est pour toujours ;))))

Jon Hola Sand
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This is the type of additional content that’s educational and interesting – thank you.

ESCFan2009
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ESCFan2009

Leonora got a picture with Hottie LIAMOO? #Jealous

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Quite possibly, Leonora is one of my favourite artists to ever enter Eurovision. 🙂
(But most of you knew that already.)

Darren
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Darren

It’s a nice and quirky song. Leonora is stunning too.

However, Denmark remind of Ireland this year too. Nice and upbeat, but lacking the ooomph to push it over the line. Like Ireland, this will come down to staging.

But having both Sweden and Norway in your semi is of course an added advantage.

Marc
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Marc

Denmark will get at best 7 points from each Swedish and Norwegian televote so that’s 14 points which is not a lot.
14 points could make the difference tho.. like in 2017 when Anja only got 5 points from televoting but without them she wouldn’t qualified. You never know xD

Darren
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Darren

This is true, but the odds, realistically are in Denmark’s favor.

Una
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Una

I am pretty certain that all Den, Nor and Swe have a huge advantage being together but the juries play an important role there too. “Our 12 points go to our neighbours …” but I cannot forget last year when Denmark gave 12 to Germany (the Danish connection since Michael was educated in Danish) and Sweden to Cyprus (all Swedish team except for the singer). Plus Cyprus uses the same formula. I think that actually this time one or two countries will loose the 10-12 points from the jury, probably Norway. Denmark has 4 languages and more appealing to the… Read more »

Marc
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Marc

Nordic juries will probably act like last year. They will go vote a lot for Sweden as expected but I don’t know for Denmark. And Norway might follow Higher Ground trend. I only see Sweden to be honest.

As for their televoting will probably go like this:
– Norwegian:
12p to Lithuania
10p to Sweden
8p to Netherlands
7p to Denmark
6p to Switzerland

– Swedish:
12p to Norway
10p to Netherlands
8p to Switzerland
7p to Denmark
6p to Lithuania

– Danish
12p to Sweden
10p to Netherlands
8p to Norway
7p to Switzerland
6p to Ireland

esc stan
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esc stan

What a queen

Nguyet Huynh
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Nguyet Huynh

My top 5 this year <3 Good luck Denmark

Nikki
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Nikki

She’s my guilty pleasure this year. Such a lovely song.