In the world of Eurovision, we’ve come to rely on National Selection shows to help select a country’s representative for the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest. Denmark’s selection show, Dansk Melodi Grand Prix organised by Denmark’s Radio (DR) is no exception.
It’s not always the case, but sometimes despite everyone’s best efforts, the best song doesn’t always win. In this article I discuss the song that should’ve won. You can read other articles in the series here.
Denmark in Eurovision
Denmark has had mixed fortunes over the 45 times it has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest with 3 wins since 1957 and only one final place finish with Tell Me Who You Are performed terribly by Malene Mortensen in Tallinn, Estonia in 2002 . In recent years Denmark has gone from winning the competition in 2013 with Emmelie De Forest’s Only Teardrops to failing to qualify beyond the treacherous semi-finals in 2015 and 2016 with Anti Social Media’s pop/rock anthem The Way You Are and the boyband pop-ness of Soldier’s of Love by Lighthouse X.
Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2017
Dansk Melodi Grand Prix is an annual music competition organised by Danish public broadcaster Denmarks Radio (DR), which determines the country’s representative for the Eurovision Song Contest. The festival has produced three Eurovision winners and thirteen top-five placings
Ten songs competed in the final, where the winner was determined over two rounds of voting. In the first round, the top 3 songs based on the combination of votes from a public vote and a five-member jury panel qualified to the super-final. In the super-final, the winner was determined as well by the combination of votes from the public and the jury panel
In all fairness Anja Nissen, a Danish-Australian singer-songwriter who became famous when she won the third series of The Voice Australia in 2014, really was the most talented performer on the night. She brought an energy to Where I Am which was completely absent in the studio version. It rightly won over some mediocre performances of some seemingly early noughties pop songs and uninspiring tunes. Where I Am is a powerful pop ballad but it frustratingly failed to keep my interest throughout the performance. I won’t say listening to the song feels like the longest three minutes of my life but it is one of the blandest songs I’ve heard in any of the National Finals this year. In actual fact before I saw it live, I wanted any other song to win the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix! Literally anything!
This said, I think it’s a stronger song than recent previous entries. So hopefully it’ll get through the semi’s and storm the final. I can see it standing out against the likes of Lucie Jones’ Never Give Up On You and Levina’s Perfect Life but it doesn’t seem to me to be a winner.
What should Have Won
If it wasn’t for Anja’s professional performance and stunning live vocals on the night, the song wouldn’t have progressed to the Superfinal of the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2017. Having said this, her win is as much to do with a poor performance of Ida Una’s song One as it is with the quality of the song she entered with.
This always seems to be the case. And as I keep getting told, the live performance and whole package is what wins Eurovision, not just a good song.
One was my favourite of all the studio versions of the ten finalists in Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2017 and I was excited to see it performed. Although a little disappointed with the live performance and staging I still feel it was a stronger song for Eurovision. At least this song is interesting. A little cheesy, yes. A bit formulaic, yes. But come on…it’s a feel good song with a drum beat and key change! That beats the drab Where I Am hands down!
Yet again, another song that fails to enter the consciousness of all but the most ardent Eurovision fan. I’m not a fan of the song you’ve chosen but I can appreciate a talented singer when I hear one! Good luck to Denmark in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.