International betting agencies are not feeling Denmark’s chances at ESC 2021. They currently have Fyr & Flamme‘s song “Øve os på hinanden” as the ninth least likely to win Eurovision with odds as high as 499/1.
But foreign indifference is not stopping the party at home. As the official Eurovision blog from Danish broadcaster DR reports, the duo are riding a wave of momentum domestically. In fact, their song has become the first DMGP winner to top Denmark’s Hitlisten prior to Eurovision in nine years.
Its nostalgic schlager feel and endless burst of positivity has pushed it past the likes of “Save Your Tears” from The Weeknd” and “Drivers License” from Olivia Rodrigo.
In 2012, DMGP winner Soluna Samay spent one week at the top with her song “Should’ve Known Better” prior to ESC. Emmelie de Forest did manage to top the charts with her 2013 song. But that was only after “Only Teardrops” won Eurovision in Malmö.
So why all the success this year? Well the DR blog makes the point that Danes may be feeling isolated and sequestered during the pandemic, suggesting the song provides a sort of alternative dance floor.
As we point out in our reaction video below, the duo had buckets of charisma on the DMGP stage, and were bang on-trend when it came to the 80s inspired staging.
As for the bookies, lead singer Jesper isn’t so bothered about all that. He told DR:
“There are some who sit and design their number specifically to win Eurovision, and Laurits and I have not done that. Then we would not have won at home either. That way, it’s a fun competition.”
“The criterion for success is to get down there and surprise. We believe in [our act] and we will go down there to defend our song. We have received many positive responses, so I do not think we will be the number one shock.”
The DR blog has helpfully pulled out the placements of all recent winners, which we are reprinting below.
Dansk Melodi Grand Prix: Winners’ peak chart positions
- 2020: Ben & Tan, ‘Yes’ – Nr. 30 on the hit list / Eurovision canceled
- 2019: Leonora, ‘Love is Forever’ – Nr. 16 on the hit list / 12th place in Eurovision
- 2018: Rasmussen, ‘Higher Ground’ – Nr. 9 on the hit list / 9th place in Eurovision
- 2017: Anja, ‘Where I Am’ – Did not get in the top 40 on the hit list / 20th place in Eurovision
- 2016: Lighthouse X, ‘Soldiers of Love’ – Nr. 12 on the hit list / Did not make it to the Eurovision final
- 2015: Anti Social Media, ‘The Way You Are’ – Nr. 38 on the hit list / Did not make it to the Eurovision final
- 2014: Basim, ‘Cliché Love Song’ – Nr. 2 on the hit list / 9th place in Eurovision
- 2013: Emmelie de Forest, ‘Only Teardrops’ – Nr. 1 on the hit list / 1st place in Eurovision
- 2012: Soluna Samay, ‘Should’ve Known Better’ – Nr. 1 on the hit list / 23rd place in Eurovision
- 2011: A Friend in London, ‘New Tomorrow’ – Nr. 2 on the hit list / 5th place in Eurovision
We’d love to hear what you guys in Denmark think about the song’s success! Why do you think that it has performed so well on the charts, especially compared to former DMGP winners? Let us know down below!