It’s been a while (in Eurovision time) since Albania became the most recent country to make their 2012 entry official – but don’t lose hope! We are nearing the next national final, and after that the season is in full swing, with February looking as Frantic as usual.
The aforementioned ‘next national final’ is that of Denmark, and so, in my recent tradition of attempting to post more relevantly, I figured it was a good time to make Denmark the subject of my latest country profile. Here’s a look back at their loooooong history in the contest, with just a week to go until they choose entry #41…
DENMARK: THE STATS
ESC debut: 1957 (3rd place)
No. of entries: 40
Gold medals: 2
Silver medals: 1
Bronze medals: 3
Top 10 finishes: 23
Top 10 success rate: 57.5%
Top 5 finishes: 13
Top 5 success rate: 32.5%
Wooden spoons (last places!): 1
Semi final qualifications: 5/7
Qualification success rate: 71%
My favourite entry: Tell Me Who You Are by Malene Mortensen (2002). Yes, really. I will never understand how this, one of the early favourites, ended up dead last, even failing to beat Francine Jordi and the Greek Terminator (see my last post).
My least favourite entry: In A Moment Like This by Chanee & N’evergreen. Yes, really. There was only one artist with ‘green’ in their name that should have made the top 5 in Oslo. FYI, it was the Welshman singing for Cyprus.
More of the memorable: Dansevise by Grethe & Jørgen Ingmann (1963); Fra Mols Til Skagen by Aud Wilken (1995); Fly On The Wings of Love by the Olsen Brothers (2000); Never Ever Let You Go by Rollo & King (2001); and Talking to You by Jakob Sveistrup (2005).
Their best stage show: DQ by Drama Queen (2007), of course! If you define a great stage show as one that features a gigantic something or other (like Armenia do) then you’ll have to agree with me. If you also define it as one featuring a costume reveal or two, then JACKPOT!
Their best costume/s: I have to admit that Chanee & N’evergreen were well dressed. However I am giving this award to Jakob Sveistrup and his troupe of Merry Men. I wonder if they kickstarted the red/pink trend?
Their best vocalist/s: Hot Eyes (1984, 85 and 88) OR Ronan Keating (2009). I mean Brinck. Obviously.
What I love about Denmark in the ESC: They may be Scandinavian, but they aren’t even close to being a one-trick schlager pony (not that I mind recurring schlager. Or ponies. In fact, I’m very fond of both). Over the years there’s been everything from hypnotic ballads and odes to telephone operators, to retro pop, auto-tuned love songs and stadium anthems from Denmark – really, everything short of hard rock performed by masked monsters (Finland’s got the monopoly on that one). No matter what genre they gamble with, it usually pays off. After a bit of a slump in results during the mid-to-late 2000s, it looks like the Danes are back in top form with two successive top 5 results in 2010 and 2011. Could it be third time lucky in Baku?
What’s your favourite Danish entry of all time?