23
February
2019

Melodi Grand Prix 2019: Leonora wins Danish Eurovision ticket

Melodi Grand Prix 2019: Leonora wins Danish Eurovision ticket

Leonora will represent Denmark at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest

Leonora will represent Denmark at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. The Danish population decided that the song “Love Is Forever” is the one that should make them proud in Tel Aviv, Israel in May.

After three years with disappointing results, Denmark got back on track last year. The juries didn’t appreciate Rasmussen’s Higher Ground and placed it very low. The TV viewers however did love the energetic viking song, and reduced the jury disaster so much, that it finished as a combined 9th. Denmark was back in the top 10 they hadn’t been in since 2014 on home soil in Copenhagen.

Contents

  • 1 The songs
  • 2 The show
  • 3 The result
  • 4 Denmark at the Eurovision Song Contest
Tonight, 10 acts fought for the honour of representing the country at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest – and a chance to show Europe their talent.

The songs

(Read about the participants in our Get To Know article).

Simone EmelieAnywhere (Written by Jeanette Bonde, Fred Miller og Fredrik Sonefors)

First up on stage was Simone Emelie. She is alone on stage, dressed in a cute short yellow dress. Near the end of the song, pyrotechnics rain down. She moves around a little, but not much. It’s a simple performance, which fit to a simple song.

Jasmin GabayKiss Like This (Written by Lise Cabble, Clara Sofie Fabricius, Fredrik Sonefors)

Sparkling colours on the backdrop in purple, pink and blue sets the atmosphere for this latino song. She starts alone on stage dressed in a pink outfit. Soon one dancer joins her, then the next and before we know it, she has five dancers with her on stage. Jasmin herself doesn’t move around a lot so it is up to her dancers to give the latino vibe.

Rasmus FaartoftHold My Breath (Written by Martin Skriver, Tim Schou, Thomas Agerholm, Sebastian Owens, Benjamin Rønn, Marcus Elkjer)

Here we have a musical kind of song, which matches with that Rasmus delivers a simple, but stunning performance where all attention is on the song. He is alone on stage in a very blue set. Lightballs floods around in the background, sometimes they are up, sometimes they are down.

Marie IsabellDancing With You In My Heart (Written by Greg C. Curtis, Miguel Garcia, Petrus Wessman, John Ballard)

Just like Jasmin, Marie Isabell also use plenty of colours in her performance. This is more simple though. She is alone on stage dressed in a dress which is short at the front and long at the back. A wind machine bakes the long sleeve moves as she walks around.

SigmundSay My Name (Written by Christoffer Stjerne, Abigail F. Jones)

Where other performances so far have been quite simple, that is not at all the case for Sigmund. He starts laying down on a bed, he is raised up and five dancers – in bondage – are revealed. Sigmund himself is dressed in white outfit with colourful striped. The backdrop for this one makes one think of the tunnel used in the video to Michael and Janet Jackson’s Scream. This song will do well with the younger audience in particular.

HumørekspressenDronning Af Baren (Written by Christian Kroman, Søren Schou, Chang Il Kim, Peter Lützen)

How much do the Danes love a good beer? In a campaign, Tuborg promised free beers on bars all across the country if this song would win the Danish final. Humørekspressen however didn’t actually need the extra attention in order to stand out. The band are in their band formation with instruments. In the background you see a woman – their queen?. As she turns around and walk to the front, we see that the woman is a drag queen!

Julie & NinaLeague Of Light (Written by Julie Berthelsen, Nina Kreutzmann Jørgensen, Marcus Winther-John, Joachim Ersgaard)

Wind machine is used a lot for this performance where they are both dressed in blue dresses. They walk around and meet each other – like a classic Eurovision duet. It’s a solid performance and their vocals are spot on, yet something seems to be lacking… or perhaps it is just because it is too classic Eurovision that one misses that little twist. Nevertheless, it’s hard to put a finger on anything as it is all perfect. A sure super finalist.

Teit SamsøStep It Up (Written by Christoffer Stjerne, Lise Cabble, Nanna Larsen)

Starting in the middle of the arena, Teit makes a long walk to the stage. He interacts a bit with the audience on the way. On stage, he is joined by a bunch of dancers in colourful outfits. He himself is dressed all in black – until he gets a golden jacket on. Very solid performance. Could he be a surprise for tonight?

LeonoraLove Is Forever (Written by Lise Cabble, Melanie Wehbe, Emil Lei)

The top favourite starts on the floor next to a gigantic chair. Later she is lifted up on the chair where she sits down. She looks very tiny on that big chair – the world certainly gets big around her. She is joined by two backings who joins her via latters on each their side of the chair. They end sitting on the chair all three together with Leonora in the middle. A stylistic performance which we will certainly remember. Again, a sure super finalist.

LeeLooThat Vibe (Written by Laurell Barker, Ludvig Hilarius Brygmann, Maria Marcus)

We end with LeeLoo. She provides her uptempo song in a club atmosphere. She has four female dancers with her and a DJ in the background. All of them – including LeeLoo is dressed in purple glittering outfits. A good ending soon, but it lacks something to beat other songs which actually stand out.

See alsoDanish Melodi Grand Prix 2019 final in pictures (dress rehearsal)

The show

Host city for this year’s Danish final were the Jutland city Herning. It’s the 5th time the city hosts the national final. The city was also in the run to host the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest. The arena, Boxen, has a capacity of around 10,000 spectators for such shows creating a fantastic atmosphere. Remember when Emmelie de Forest won the Danish final in 2013? That was also here in Boxen. Contrary to most other Danish finals, the weather almost created spring. No snow in sight.

With Greenland represented tonight, let’s just make it clear: Yes, televoting also included Greenland. At 20:00 CET when the time kicked off, it was 16:00 afternoon on Greenland.

Our hosts for tonight’s show were Johannes Nymark (Former Eurovision participant from Lighthouse X) and Kristian Gintberg. As performance consultant (a kind of backstage hosts) we had Stig Rossen and his assistant. Stig Rossen took part in the Danish final in 1988 and 2007, and is Denmark’s biggest musical star known internationally from his role as Jean Valjean in Les Misérables. In the clips shown before each performance, we learned that his assistant got his job because he knew that Stig Rossen in 1997 played that performance for the 1000th time in London – in total he managed to get into the skin of prisoner 24601 more than 1500 times.

As interval acts, all four hosts took part in a Melodi Grand Prix medley where they were joined at the by Chanée and N’evergreen (Denmark 2010) and it course resulted in everyone singing In A Moment Like This. Only two of the songs in this medley weren’t Danish winners, but instead 80’s classics; Stig Rossen’s Rock og Rul og Danse I Måneskin.

Rasmussen later performed his winning entry from last year; Higher Ground.

As small clips, two Danish politicians also took part in the entertainment. These were the Prime Minister and the Minister of Finance.

The result

In Denmark the result was made up by a combination of televoting (both SMS and APP voting) and jury. The four persons fan jury used in recent years was replaced by a 10 people mixed jury. Another change in voting was introduced as well as in both rounds, a 50/50 combination were used, instead of 100% televoting in the second round.

Beforehand, it seemed like Julie & Nina and Leonora would reach the super final, and then it was harder to predict the third one.

The three acts, which after the first round of voting made it to the super final were:

  • Say My Name (3rd place with 23%)
  • Love Is Forever (1st place 42%)
  • League Of Light

Denmark at the Eurovision Song Contest

When Emmelie de Forest won the contest in 2013, she secured Denmark their third victory after Grethe and Jørgen Ingmann’s Dansevise from 1963, and Olsen Brothers’ Fly One The Wings Of Love from 2000.

After the 2013 victory, the Danish fans didn’t have much to cheer for. Both Anti Social Media (2015) and Lighthouse X (2016) failed to reach the final, and in 2017, Anja Nissen came 20th in the final, although it has to be added that in the running order, she was sandwiched in between the two favourites Italy and Portugal.

Denmark has taken part 47 times – with a break from 1966 to 1978. Since the introduction of televised semi-finals one could be eliminated from in 2007, the country has missed the final four times. Their 43 appearances in the final has resulted in 26 top 10 results.

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23
February
2019

MARUV will represent Ukraine in Tel Aviv

MARUV will represent Ukraine in Tel Aviv

Maruv will represent Ukraine at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv

One of the most successful countries, Ukraine will be represented by MARUV with the song named Siren Song this year in Tel Aviv. The decision comes after Ukraine held its national final this evening.

Tonight’s show featured contestants with some of the biggest names in the Ukrainian music industry. The final six acts who fought for the chance to represent Ukraine in Tel Aviv, Israel this May had qualified via two semi-finals.

Contents

  • 1 The Songs
  • 2 The Show
  • 3 The Results
  • 4 Ukraine at the Eurovision Song Contest

The Songs

Freedom Jazz – Cupidon

First up, the winner of the second semi-final, a group of three Freedom Jazz appears in a helicopter in colorful dresses with knotted bows on the front. Their outfits and retro styled performance match the fun & upbeat jazz song about a cupid’s love. Towards the end, the performance is accompanied by 3 backing vocalists playing trumpet. Danylko noted that the performance was not exactly what the song seems to be about.

Yuko – Galyna Guliala (Galyna Walked)

One of the stand-outs of this evening, Ukrainian electro-folk band YUKO sing a song about a girl named Galyna and how she mesmerizes everyone with her beauty. The song is performed fully in Ukrainian with ethnic elements showcasing YUKO’s consistency in vocal abilities. The performance features the singer dancing across the stage, little cartoons dancing in the red backdrop and 3 backing vocalists dressed in Ukrainian national costumes. Jamala praised the freedom of the performance. FIlatov also gave positive review of the performance.

MARUV – Siren Song

MARUV’s performance of her Siren Song was of the main highlights of the evening. As the winner of the first semi-final, her performance was the most anticipated among the fandom. Siren Song is a club banger with a catchy hook, fierce instrumental and an attitude. Compared to the semi-final performance, MARUV slightly changed the song by adding more singing in the beginning and guitar instrumental at the end. The performance involved a lot of dancing & wrapped it up with MARUV and the dancers playing the guitar. Based on the judges critiques, MARUV’s performance lacked vocals but had a great instrumental.

Brunettes Shoot Blondes – Houston

This is the fourth attempt of the band to represent Ukraine. The band appears behind a piano performing a song about an argument between the two with the hope to start over again. The song references the famous quote Houston, We Have a Problem used to describe an unforeseen problem. Throughout the performance, the stage is lit and, at some points is shown from different camera angles to give the performance a spacial vibe. The band received mostly positive reviews and was praised for showing something new and different.

KAZKA – Apart

Going into semi-final 2, the band was one of the main favorites to win it. However, the band did not live up to the expectations and came 3rd with the juries and televoting combined. Their song is about love and bond between a couple and has ethnic elements mixed with the modern sound accompanied by one of the members playing flute. The performance is ethereal and, towards the end we see a person’s shadow and birds flying in the backdrop. Jamala was mixed about the band’s performance noting the singer’s shaky vocals but liking the style. Danylko praised Ukrainian authenticity of the band.

Anna Maria – My Road

The band of twin sisters Anna Maria delivers a power mid-tempo ballad about letting go of problems and carrying on with life. Their voices are strong and in sync and there’s an evident connection between sisters on stage. Overall, the performance was strong and engaging.

The Show

Just like last year, the winner of the national final was chosen by a 50/50 voting system. Half of the votes were given by the general public and the other half by the expert jury.

The expert jury consisted of 2016 Eurovision winner Jamala, singer and producer Yevhen Filatov and singer Andriy Danylko, who represented the country in Eurovision 2007 under his stage persona Verka Serduchka.

The interval acts were Jamala with her new song Solo and this year’s French representative Bilal Hassani with his song Roi. 

The Results

The results of the Ukrainian national final were as follows:

DrawArtistSongJuryTelevoteResultsRanking
1Freedom JazzCupidon64102nd
2YukoGalyna Guliala4155th
3MaruvSiren Song56111st
4Brunettes Shoot BlondesHouston2354th
5KAZKAApart3583rd
6Anna MariaMy Road1236th

Ukraine at the Eurovision Song Contest

Since making its debut in 2003, Ukraine has had an excellent reputation at Eurovision. It has never failed to qualify for the grand final and has had a total of nine top 10 placements. Six of these have been in the top 5.

Ukraine has won the contest twice. Ruslana was the first artist to bring the Eurovision crown to Ukraine in 2004 with her song Wild Dances. Jamala won the contest with 1944 in 2016when the competition was in Stockholm. Jamala came second in both the jury and the public vote, but came in first place overall.

Last year, Ukraine was represented in Lisbon by Melovin who brought Ukraine 17th place.

You can watch MARUV’s performance of Siren Song in the following video.

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23
February
2019

Joci Pápai will make his Eurovision comeback for Hungary in Tel Aviv.

Joci Pápai will make his Eurovision comeback for Hungary in Tel Aviv.

Joci Pápai

The sixth and final live show from Hungary’s A Dal 2019 was on tonight. 8 acts competed for the right to represent their country at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv. Here’s how the night went.

Tonight was Hungary’s grand final for A Dal 2019, their national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. The winner Joci Pápai will get to represent Hungary later in May in Tel Aviv, Israel. The show, which consists of three heats, two semi-finals and one grand final ended up tonight. Returning 2017 Eurovision artist Joci Pápai was picked by a mix of expert juries and public votes.

Contents

  • 1 The Show
  • 2 The Songs
  • 3 The Results
  • 4 Hungary at the Eurovision Song Contest

The Show

The shows were hosted by Bogi who took part in A Dal 2013, 2014 and 2015 as well as Freddie who won A Dal 2016 and represented Hungary in Stockholm.

The show opened with both presenters singing a medley of their respectable entries. The show also has 4 expert juries reviewing each entries after they present their songs. The four judges are Lilla Vincze, Feró Nagy, Misi Mezó and Miklós Both.

The Songs

The Middletonz – Roses

First up is Middletonz, which comprises as a lead singer Kallay Saunders who of course is well-known by Eurovision fans for his entry in 2014. The song is a modern pop/hip hop style with dubstep sounds for the chorus. The song sways from some simplistic slowed down verse and some full-out energy chorus. This feels like watching a rollercoaster and overall not a bad entry. The crowd sure seemed to like it.

Gergő Oláh – Hozzád bújnék

Second is Olah with his song Hozzád bújnék. Interestingly this song did not make it to the grand final last week. After some reviews, previous qualifier Petruska was disqualified as it was established their song Help Me Out of Here was plagiarized. This led the producers to bring back this entry which only barely didn’t make it last week. Hozzád bújnék is a ballad sang well by Gergő Oláh but far from his best entry. He had entries in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Bogi Nagy – Holnap

Third song here is Bogi with a beautiful ballad, Holnap (Tomorrow). Bogi is sitting on a big hoop swing wearing a beautiful gown. The swing eventually lifts up and reveal this super long dress as a projector shows images of what looks like her from her childhood all projected on her dress. Her voice is nice and clear and she sings the song well.

Fatal Error – Kulcs

Next is Fatal Error with Kulcs. This is another hard rock entry for Hungary. With last year’s entry it’s not surprising to see bands trying to reproduce that success. Fatal Error shows a pretty strong performance with pyros and light shows. It’s definitely a change of pace from the two previous ballads at this point of the show.

Joci Pápai – Az Én Apám

Another previous Eurovision artist is next. 2017 participant Joci Pápai presents us with a ballad this time. Just as last time, he brings us so much emotion and passion. This is a song I’ve listened to a lot as a studio version as it’s been available on streaming services for some time, but Joci really brings the live version to a new level.

Gergő Szekér – Madár, repülj!

Sixth song of the night is Madár, repülj! from Gergó Szekér. The song this odd mix of hip hop and a classic song. The mix is quite interesting, and the vocals are pretty good, but without really knowing what the song is about it’s difficult to get into a song like this.

Acoustic Planet – Nyári zápor

Next is Acoustic Planet. They received most of their points from the juries as the juries only gave them 9 points or more so far in the competition. The song has a pop-country vibe to it with the band’s instrumentation. The song is fairly radio-friendly sounding but it’s missing something to truly make it special.

Bence Vavra – Szótlanság

Final song of the night is from Bence Vavra. His performance has a lot of elements from Origo from 2017. In fact, his and Gergő Szekér both had that similar staging with a female dancer on stage with them. Bence’s song is pretty catchy but the staging is very odd. The dancer walks in and out of a bunch of doors on the stage for no real reasons. The biggest hope here is that the song itself isn’t bad at all, and a lot of improvements can be made to staging before Tel Aviv.

The Results

The juries first gave their results from the performances. Joci Pápai, Bogi Nagy, Acoustic Planet and Bence Vavra all moved to the top 4 based on their points with Pápai leading the pack with 26 points. Before we were given the results from the public, last year’s winners of A Dal AWS gave a performance of their song Viszlát nyár. They started with an acoustic version which led to the proper version.

After their performances, the public votes were revealed. Joci Pápai was ultimately the winner of A Dal 2019!

Hungary at the Eurovision Song Contest

In 1993, the EBU expanded the list of countries eligible to take part in the Eurovision Song Contest. Hungary entered but did not manage to make it to the contest that year. 1994 would see their first entry with Friderika Bayer with the song Kinek mondjam el vétkeimet? To this date, the song remains the best result for Hungary with its 4th place. Since 2011, the country has never failed to reach the grand final including top 10 entries in 2013, 2014 and 2017.

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23
February
2019

Danish Melodi Grand Prix 2019 final in pictures (dress rehearsal)

Danish Melodi Grand Prix 2019 final in pictures (dress rehearsal)
  • Location Boxen, Herning, Denmark
  • Photographer Wouter van Vliet
  • Date Sat, 23 February 2019

Enjoy the 2019 Danish national final in pictures. A big show with ten great artists, good hosts and an entertaining show, that is what the viewers and the audience are served.

  • Leeloo – That Vibe
  • Leeloo – That Vibe
  • Leeloo – That Vibe
  • Leeloo – That Vibe
  • Leeloo – That Vibe
  • Leonora – Love Is Forever
  • Leonora – Love Is Forever
  • Leonora – Love Is Forever
  • Leonora – Love Is Forever
  • Leonora – Love Is Forever
  • Teit Samsø – Step It Up
  • Teit Samsø – Step It Up
  • Teit Samsø – Step It Up
  • Teit Samsø – Step It Up
  • Julie & Nina – League Of Light
  • Julie & Nina – League Of Light
  • Julie & Nina – League Of Light
  • Humørekspressen – Dronning Af Baren
  • Humørekspressen – Dronning Af Baren
  • Humørekspressen – Dronning Af Baren
  • Humørekspressen – Dronning Af Baren
  • Humørekspressen – Dronning Af Baren
  • Sigmund – Say My Name
  • Sigmund – Say My Name
  • Sigmund – Say My Name
  • Sigmund – Say My Name
  • Marie Isabell – Dancing With You In My Heart
  • Marie Isabell – Dancing With You In My Heart
  • Marie Isabell – Dancing With You In My Heart
  • Rasmus Faartoft – Hold My Breath
  • Rasmus Faartoft – Hold My Breath
  • Rasmus Faartoft – Hold My Breath
  • Jasmin Gabay – Kiss Like This
  • Jasmin Gabay – Kiss Like This
  • Jasmin Gabay – Kiss Like This
  • Simone Emelie – Anywhere
  • Simone Emelie – Anywhere
  • Simone Emelie – Anywhere
  • Hosts: Johannes Nymark og Christian Gintberg
  • Hosts: Johannes Nymark og Christian Gintberg
  • Opening Act (DMGP 2019)
  • Opening Act (DMGP 2019)

You might also want to see our videos where we challenged all ten participants to a fun game of Finish The Sentence. This offers a great way to get to know the artist quite a bit more… In case you want to know just who can win, you might also want to read our article with reasons each act can make it to the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest.

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23
February
2019

Danish Melodi Grand Prix 2019 final – dress rehearsal

Danish Melodi Grand Prix 2019 final – dress rehearsal
  • Location Boxen, Herning, Denmark
  • Photographer Wouter van Vliet
  • Date Sat, 23 February 2019

Enjoy the 2019 Danish national final in pictures. A big show with ten great artists, good hosts and an entertaining show, that is what the viewers and the audience are served.

  • Leeloo – That Vibe
  • Leeloo – That Vibe
  • Leeloo – That Vibe
  • Leeloo – That Vibe
  • Leeloo – That Vibe
  • Leonora – Love Is Forever
  • Leonora – Love Is Forever
  • Leonora – Love Is Forever
  • Leonora – Love Is Forever
  • Leonora – Love Is Forever
  • Teit Samsø – Step It Up
  • Teit Samsø – Step It Up
  • Teit Samsø – Step It Up
  • Teit Samsø – Step It Up
  • Julie & Nina – League Of Light
  • Julie & Nina – League Of Light
  • Julie & Nina – League Of Light
  • Humørekspressen – Dronning Af Baren
  • Humørekspressen – Dronning Af Baren
  • Humørekspressen – Dronning Af Baren
  • Humørekspressen – Dronning Af Baren
  • Humørekspressen – Dronning Af Baren
  • Sigmund – Say My Name
  • Sigmund – Say My Name
  • Sigmund – Say My Name
  • Sigmund – Say My Name
  • Marie Isabell – Dancing With You In My Heart
  • Marie Isabell – Dancing With You In My Heart
  • Marie Isabell – Dancing With You In My Heart
  • Rasmus Faartoft – Hold My Breath
  • Rasmus Faartoft – Hold My Breath
  • Rasmus Faartoft – Hold My Breath
  • Jasmin Gabay – Kiss Like This
  • Jasmin Gabay – Kiss Like This
  • Jasmin Gabay – Kiss Like This
  • Simone Emelie – Anywhere
  • Simone Emelie – Anywhere
  • Simone Emelie – Anywhere
  • Hosts: Johannes Nymark og Christian Gintberg
  • Hosts: Johannes Nymark og Christian Gintberg
  • Opening Act (DMGP 2019)
  • Opening Act (DMGP 2019)

You might also want to see our videos where we challenged all ten participants to a fun game of Finish The Sentence. This offers a great way to get to know the artist quite a bit more… In case you want to know just who can win, you might also want to read our article with reasons each act can make it to the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest.

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23
February
2019

Video: Danish finalists in a challenging Finish The Sentence

We caught up with the 10 acts taking part in this year’s Danish Melodi Grand Prix final. They faced a special deck of cards, which they weren’t prepared for.

All ten participants were given six cards with a beginning of a sentence, which they are asked to finish. One of them were specifically selected for them – while they drew the other five randomly from a little box. With these cards the acts gets questions they don’t expect and you get to know them a bit better.

In the playlist below, take a look at our videos. Watch them all – or click through to your favourite artist:

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