Historically, the five Nordic nations — Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark and Iceland, have often been considered a powerhouse group when it comes to Eurovision. Between them, they have bagged 13 victories. Iceland remains the only Nordic nation without a Eurovision victory under their belt. That duck was arguably on the line last year with Daði Freyr being one of the hot favourites with “Think About Things”. He is back again of course this year with an ode to his wife “10 Years” but is this the best Nordic entry this year?
The Nordics at Eurovision 2021 are offering fans an eclectic smorgasbord of songs to enjoy – from pop, violent pop, nu-disco and more. But which entry is you favourite? Here is a reminder of all five Nordic tracks for this year’s contest and let us know in the poll below. As always, you can vote for as many acts as you want, but you can only vote once.
Eurovision 2021 – Nordic entries
Denmark: Fyr & Flamme – “Øve os på hinanden”
Fyr & Flamme won Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2021 after beating seven other entries in a vote decided wholly by the public. The duo consisting of Jesper Groth and Laurits Emanuel released their debut single “Menneskeforbruger” in 2020. They released “Kamæleon” soon after, setting their brand as firmly retro, synthy, colourful and danceable. “Øve Os På Hinanden” (Practice On Each Other) is a self-composed dance number about inviting your love to dance, forgetting our own internal insecurities and just enjoying the rhythm of the music. It’s not about being an expert dancer, it’s all about letting go.
Finland: Blind Channel – “Dark Side”
Blind Channel won Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2021 beating six worthy opponents in one of the best-staged editions of UMK ever. The violent-pop group finished first with both the international jury and the televoters. “Dark Side” is an anarchic anthem to parties in the dark, so say Blind Channel before adding that it perfectly condenses the core of the group. “We want to show that even if life is darker and harsher, you can still have fun. This song is for all those who feel outward and inadequate, who have sometimes made up their minds to raise the middle finger and shout.
Iceland: Daði Freyr – “10 Years”
“10 Years” was revealed on a special episode of RÚV’s Straumar, which was solely dedicated to Daði and the gang. Just like its predecessor, “10 Years” is a disco banger, packed with warm and light-hearted humour. But it has a deeper meaning, diving into Daði’s relationship with his wife, mother of his child and fellow Gagnamagnið member, Árný Fjóla Ásmundsdóttir. As the title says, the couple has been together for ten years.
Norway: TIX – “Fallen Angel”
After five semi-finals, a second chance round, and a 2.5-hour grand final of Melodi Grand Prix 2021 it was TIX who came out on top with his winning track “Fallen Angel”. The track is written by TIX himself and is a synthpop ballad about unrequited love. It uses biblical imagery to convey the idea of a crush that one can never have because they believe they can’t match up. “How could she ever love someone like me? She’s out of reach”. He describes himself as the “fallen angel” and “there’s no way I’ll ever reach up to Heaven to you”.
Sweden: Tusse – “Voices”
Tusse won Melodifestivalen 2021 with “Voices” after a landslide victory, beating second-placed Eric Saade by 57 points. “Voices” is an electro-pop song, with a slightly dark feel to it. The chorus frequently mentions the lyrics “a million voices” — a phrase that did especially well for Russian singer Polina Gagarina at Eurovision 2015. The “Voices” lyrics are about unity, hope, perseverance and freedom.
Poll: What is your favourite Nordic entry at Eurovision 2021?
Who did you vote for? Which Eurovision 2021 songs from the Nordic region were your favourite? Let us know in the comments below!