Fyr & Flamme will represent Denmark at Eurovision 2021 in Rotterdam with their song “Øve Os På Hinanden”.
The Italo-disco duo of Jesper Groth and Laurits Emanuel earned the right to represent the Scandinavian nation by winning Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2021 over seven other competitors.
And now we’ve compiled 10 facts about Fyr & Flamme. Let’s do this!
Denmark at Eurovision 2021: Facts about Fyr & Flamme
1. They met in 2017
While the musical output from Fyr & Flamme is relatively new, Groth and Emanuel know each other for a while now. In 2017, both friends caught up in a Danish “Friday bar”, and went over the idea of starting a musical project. Fueled by a shared love of retro aesthetic and Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, they have been making music ever since.
2. Jesper is an accomplished actor
One half of this duo is a staple of Danish film and TV. Jesper graduated from the Danish National School of Performing Arts. His CV includes movies such as I blodet, Journal 64 and Retfærdighedens ryttere, and many television series. As an actor, he has picked up nominations for The Roberts, the Danish Oscars, for Best Supporting actor in television in 2019, for Klaphat, and one for Best Actor in 2021, for Sygeplejeskolen.
3. Laurits has an extensive background in music
Laurits Emanuel is quite a veteran of the Danish music business. An accomplished alum from the Danish Music Conservatory, Emanuel has been one of two long-time lead singers with the band The Grenadines.
4. They released their first single in 2020
In July 2020, the Fyr & Flamme project soared with the release of their debut single “Menneskeforbruger” (Maneater). The retro-synth explosion spelt success fortune for the duo — airplay on both P3 and P4, thousands of streams, live performance on nationwide TV and first place on the ‘P3 List’ for two weeks in a row. All of this culminated in a record contract with Universal Music. “We had not expected at all that all this would happen. I knew very well that it was a good number, but not necessarily that it was such a hit,” Groth stated.
5. They have always sung in Danish
It has been no secret that “Øve Os På Hinanden” was the first Danish-language song to win DMGP since 2005. And it will be the first song performed completely in Danish at Eurovision since 1997. Fyr & Flamme make it clear that the energy and specific message they want to give to the listeners blooms from the Danish language and culture. “We make songs according to Scandinavian traditions. I can not imagine at all how we should be able to translate our songs. Our dreams since we were little were born from Danish-speaking songs, so we want to keep that energy going,” they say.
6. Their singles have all been chart smashes
“The thing that made us get a breakthrough in Denmark is the way that we stay true to ourselves,” Groth stated. And their neon train has not stopped since. “Menneskeforbruger” kickstarted it all. Their debut single peaked at #12 in the Danish charts, which paved the way for their follow-up “Kamæleon”. It out did their first step, reaching #7. And most notably, “Øve Os På Hinanden” became the first DMGP winner in nine years to go straight to #1 prior to its Eurovision participation.
7. Their sound is inspired by Dansk Melodi Grand Prix
While they are proud of their ’80s revival style, Jesper and Laurits revealed that the main inspiration for the band’s inception was the same Danish national final. “We both have a strong love affair with the Grand Prix. My mother has often asked me if I should join, but I have never really dared to send in a song – until I met Jesper,” Laurits explains. Fyr & Flamme actually submitted a song for DMGP 2018, however, it did not make the final cut.
8. Their fans go crazy for them
Going by the self-description “teenage idols your parents can understand”, the duo aren’t struggling in their social outreach one bit. “It’s fun to see how some of the older ladies write to tell us our music is on their training playlist, but then they hear their kids also listen to them! The dream is that when we come on tour in Denmark, we will arrive in caravans and be received by people of all ages!”
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9) They have a list of must-listens
Being big fans of the 1980s, Jesper and Laurits have no shortage of song suggestions for their fans. These evergreens serve as both their inspirations and must-listens to show the world the true flavour of Danish Retro:
- Laban – ‘Kun et sekund’ (1985)
- Münchener Freiheit – ‘Tausendmal du’ (1986)
- Lars Muhl – ‘One More Minute’ (1986)
10. They’re in it for the long run
Some have questioned the staying power of Fyr & Flamme, considering their existing careers outside the band. But both Jesper and Laurits are adamant that they’re in it for the long run. “We spend all our waking time being serious about this. There are not many others who make the kind of music we do,” Laurits explains. “People really want me to choose between acting and music, but I do not get to. I just want to do both, and if we have at least one song that becomes a pub staple or gets replayed in 20-30 years time, we will have done it,” Jesper said. “It’s probably also very cool to end up as a modern Tommy Seebach or Hilda Heick, who participate in the Grand Prix year after year. Then you always know what to do in March!”
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