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!

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Hellooooo
Hellooooo
1 month ago

Well… Since you have spoken, they’ve raised up…

Alex
Alex
1 month ago

wow can’t believe Anja’s song flopped even after the victory in the national final. I think Denmark has lost their interest in ESC or perhaps there is lack of inspiration the recent years. They used to do well between 2010-2014. Regarding this number 1 ESC entry, it’s great news. The song is in Danish and the duo is hugely successful as they had 1-2 previous hits as well. They are massive in streaming. It’s nice to see a hit going to ESC which shows the locals are supporting their entry. I don’t think it matters now whether it qualifies to… Read more »

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
1 month ago

typical case of a song with massive national appeal that’ll likely fail to translate to international success. at least they got their career in denmark, which is amazing for them.

Tonks
1 month ago

I like Danish entry it reminds me on old Elton John’s songs. And I like that they sing in Danish.

lasse braun
lasse braun
1 month ago

this is a serious blog post?
even my 70+ old mother does not like it and she likes “schlagermusik” a lot. 😀

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
1 month ago
Reply to  lasse braun

How do you explain the song at the top of the chart then?

Kuhkatz
Kuhkatz
1 month ago

We all know they wont win but also that they likely wont get to the left side of the scoreboard.

But entries like this is what I love about Eurovision. Its something that doesnt crack your tops but you still enjoy it because of the performers and their positivity on stage. And of course I wouldnt mind to see them qualifying as for such entries performing it twice is already a success.

Robin
Robin
1 month ago

it’s my favourite of the year tbh!! im a big fan of 70/80s fun european songs and i feel like this song just hits EVERY mark.. i am absolutely convinced this will come top 10!

Tonks
1 month ago
Reply to  Robin

I think they can be a dark horse this year

Spill the Tea
Spill the Tea
1 month ago

I LOVE their entry. It’s very Danish and represents well their country. I also love their other singles. Go check them out!

OpenUpForKhazakstan
OpenUpForKhazakstan
1 month ago

I’ve said from day one this is a great song. Love this for them!!

12345
12345
1 month ago

They won’t qualify. But they deserve a big “good luck” like every other contestant.

Joe
Joe
1 month ago

Good for them! I think it’s a fun, underrated entry.

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe

What I have to appreciate is that the vast majority of NFS this year had pretty decisive victories. Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Croatia, Lithuania, Estonia, Finland, i’m pretty sure France as well: however you feel about the entries themselves, the people knew what they wanted and made it abundantly clear. When every year usually sees somebody unsatisfied, it means a lot that the people from those countries enjoy and believe in what they send, and fundamentally that’s what matters the most, no matter how we international fans may feel about the outcome. The internal selections are a little more split, I’d… Read more »

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe

How many years have had this many landslide victories in the NFS? I’m racking my brain about the selections since I started following Eurovision, and I remember there being a couple last year (Estonia, Georgia in terms of artist selection, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland) but not a ton. Certainly I’ve never seen a win by the margin of an act like Blind Channel or The Roop before.

mrjeffster
mrjeffster
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe

All true… only in Denmark’s case, they barely eeked out a victory.

Tom
Tom
1 month ago

It’s an amazing entry!

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago

I absolutely love it! I love it love it love it! It’s all fun and good vibes!

dfjgnjgnd
dfjgnjgnd
1 month ago

My favourite entry of the year.

WannaEatMySpaghetti
WannaEatMySpaghetti
1 month ago

This is my last place of the year BUT what matters the most is that Danish are happy with their entry. Let’s just hope they are not expecting too much in May.

Candy
Candy
1 month ago

If the staging is the same this is a real last placer

Alex
Alex
1 month ago
Reply to  Candy

they really need to make an effort – i hope they won’t give up and just do a boring show

destiny stan account
destiny stan account
1 month ago

i swear, if denmark makes the final with mediocrity for the 4th time in a row, i’m gonna lose it

Joseph Shaulov
Joseph Shaulov
1 month ago

Higher Ground was anything but mediocrity

Doris
Doris
1 month ago

This is the best danish entry since 2013.

Marcus
Marcus
1 month ago

Exactly my words.

Kosey
Kosey
1 month ago

There are so many people sleeping on this entry. I have said all along that this one will definitely make the final. It will be a televote magnet, loads of fun, engaging performers, sing-a-long nostalgic tune. There is very little else like it in the competition and it will stand out a mile.

There is an argument to say the juries will trash it, but I don’t think significantly so as to knock this one out in the semis.

Wake up people!!

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago
Reply to  Kosey

Why would the juries trash it?

Kosey
Kosey
1 month ago
Reply to  Whisker

I am only judging this based on the feedback from this site and previous voting experience. A lot of people seem to suggest that it is kitsch (as opposed to sweet), old-fashioned (as opposed to retro) and comes across a little like a joke act (as opposed to a fun, uplifting entry). Juries have form for being pompous and judgmental about these sort of entries (there are far too many entries to list who have fallen foul of the artsy mafia) and my concern is that this is in their classic sweet spot – however, i believe there should be… Read more »

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago
Reply to  Kosey

I see, thanks. I really like the way you put it. I hope the juries will become more progressive in general and in line with the 80s trend in particular, it’s been popular this year. I for one can’t wait for Denmark and Greece.

EurofanSF
EurofanSF
1 month ago
Reply to  Kosey

I hope you are right – very catchy chorus and love that they are sticking to their choice to sing in Danish.

Lolek
Lolek
1 month ago

While it isn’t mine (or most peoples) favourite song in this year’s contest, I really appreciate that Denmark sent a Danish language song. I certainly don’t dislike this song either. It makes for enjoyable, light listening. Good on you Denmark. 🙂

Candy
Candy
1 month ago
Reply to  Lolek

The Danish language is the only good thing in the whole song

NickC
NickC
1 month ago

Certainly it has more local and not international appeal.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 month ago

Even though I doubt it’s chances for qualification, it’s nice to know that it is at least beloved in its home country.

notyourtoy
notyourtoy
1 month ago

Well, I personally have it as one of my worst entries, but in the second semifinal it has the ability to get enough votes for the final, if they bring a good performance and especially, if countries like Moldova flop in Rotterdam. Remember, in 2019, none expected that Lenora would reach the finals. But they did it!

And they were placed much higher than many people’s favourites Greece, Spain, Malta, France and Cyprus

NickC
NickC
1 month ago
Reply to  notyourtoy

I expected Leonora to do very well. I expect this one to fail miserably.

notyourtoy
notyourtoy
1 month ago
Reply to  NickC

In my opinion it’s a massive downgrade after Ben & Tan, but there’s not only the youth voting. There are also older people that might appreciate that

NickC
NickC
1 month ago
Reply to  notyourtoy

I am old. I lived through 80s. Thats why i know it will fail. Because compared to what we enjoyed back in the day, this looks like a joke

Alex
Alex
1 month ago
Reply to  notyourtoy

Leonora was such a local/family bait entry. Her televote really improved on Saturday with locals.
UK, Germany or Italy went from giving nothing in that SF to give her points in the final.
Fans in my country really hated it and they didn’t understand how she was in the final yet she came 11th in our televote.

Candy
Candy
1 month ago
Reply to  notyourtoy

She was a clear qualifier to me even tho I didn’t like her song but this is so much outdated and being in Danish no one will understand them and their message(if the song has one). Love is forever had a really strong message that’s why it olaced that better

James
James
1 month ago
Reply to  Candy

“Outdated”.

Making 80’s inspired songs is kinda the thing Fyr og Flamme does actually.

Kris
Kris
1 month ago
Reply to  Candy

Didn’t she barely qualify though?

Joaquim
Joaquim
1 month ago

Actually this is my number 1 this year. Something that stands out and is fun. I can’t believe the bookies don’t believe in it. Mind my words, this might not be the surprise winner but will definitely do better than what people think.

James
James
1 month ago

I find it hard to believe that “Who I Am”, the most Top 40 radio-friendly of Denmark’s recent entries would not crack an actual Top 40 chart.

Alex
Alex
1 month ago
Reply to  James

That song had 0 impact.
Who I am got 5 points with televote in its semifinal.
And was the 1st time Denmark didn’t get any single point from a Nordic country in a final with public. None voted. Anja was saved by Aussies to get 0.

Last edited 1 month ago by Alex
EurovisionBenny_AUT
EurovisionBenny_AUT
1 month ago
Reply to  Alex

In 2002, Denmark didn’t get any points from the Nordic countries either with public.

Alex
Alex
1 month ago

True, second time. Norway or Iceland weren’t voting in 2002 but they still might not have voted it.

James
James
1 month ago
Reply to  Alex

Domestic market-wise is what we have to look at, not how well it did in Eurovision per se.

Candy
Candy
1 month ago
Reply to  James

That is not a radio-friendly song. Even the results showed it

James
James
1 month ago
Reply to  Candy

Compared to all the entries that came after it, this is the one closest to what can be considered “radio-friendly” outside the context of it being a Eurovision song, with its entire composition having CHR (contemporary hit radio format) written all over itself.

And given that Anja was already popular going into her second try in DMGP following “Never Alone”, a crack in the domestic radio charts in Denmark would have made sense and yet it didn’t.

Kris
Kris
1 month ago
Reply to  James

2016 was more radio friendly as was 2020.

Kris
Kris
1 month ago
Reply to  James

Who I am was dull , dull songs aren’t considered radio-friendly ! As explained by its televote and domestic performance even

James
James
1 month ago
Reply to  Kris

Being “dull” is subjective. On objective terms, the song was made as if it was meant to be heard on the radio. That is what is meant as “radio-friendly” because “Who I Am” is a CHR-type track that was likely made for radio and not necessarily for ESC. For it to not chart in local charts is an anomaly. While I would agree that “Yes” also falls under the category of CHR/Top 40, “Soldiers of Love” clearly is not, format-wise, but managed to still gain traction in the domestic chart regardless. Songs written for Eurovision in general tend to be… Read more »

Kenny03
Kenny03
1 month ago

I’m prepared to be down voted for this, but Fyr og Flamme are in my top 10! It’s such a fun song, and really catchy even though I don’t know a word of danish. I feel like they need to improve their stage show, but if they do then they could get into the final 🙂

Doris
Doris
1 month ago
Reply to  Kenny03

This is the Eurovision we want and not swedish melfest rejects like Malta.

ESCalator
ESCalator
1 month ago

This song is so awkward that even the singer’s mouth was moving uncontrollably at the end of the performance.

Candy
Candy
1 month ago
Reply to  ESCalator

Lol this so true

Mette
Mette
1 month ago

I’m from Denmark and I’m not feeling the song either. I mean it isn’t bad, I just don’t think it’s a hit or an ESC winner. I’d be surprised if it get to the finals, BUT I’ll still cheer for them!

Last edited 1 month ago by Mette
zheng
zheng
1 month ago

I like the fact that some songs are top in their countries, although they are not supported by esc fans

Spill the Tea
Spill the Tea
1 month ago
Reply to  zheng

I remember when Deban interviewed people in the streets of Copehagen years after ESC 2013 and they recognized Emmelie de Forest as “the winner of Dansk Melodi Grand Prix” only. They didn’t even know she had won the whole thing. lol

EurovisionBenny_AUT
EurovisionBenny_AUT
1 month ago

I believe that this will do better than most Eurofans estimate. I think that it will qualify with the help of the televotes – potentially also with the juries, and even do better in the televoting than Sweden in the final.

It’s just a very fun song, especially the post-chorus with the brass section.

Doris
Doris
1 month ago

If Sweden have sent Clara instead of this standard piece of deja vu and heard then it would have regain the televote approval.

Candy
Candy
1 month ago

I think Sweden will get more points this year and probably be the jury winner. Honestly I’d be very dissapointed if a song like this with a staging like this will get more televoting points than a song like that with a voice like his amd with a staging like that

Henry
Henry
1 month ago

They did not hate you in 2012 and 2015..

zach
zach
1 month ago

yeah srry denmark but it’s gonna be a no

cats and dogs eurovision
cats and dogs eurovision
1 month ago

wtf is going on? ? it’s my last place..

James
James
1 month ago

Because it’s not everyone else’s last place, perhaps?