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Denmark
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Capital city Copenhagen
Population 5,471,000
Area 43,094 km²
Timezone GMT+1
Internet TLD dk
Member station DR
National selection events Dansk Melodi Grand Prix
Appearances
Appearances 41
First appearance 1957
Best result 1st: 1963,2000
Worst result Last: 2002

History
Denmark has competed in the Eurovision Song Contest from 1957 to 1966 and from 1978 to the present day and has a good record, finishing in the top three six times and winning twice. From 1967 until 1977, Denmark didn’t participate in the contest.
Denmark enjoyed mixed success in the 1980s. In 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988 and 1989, Denmark placed well. However in 1982 and 1983 it received some of its worst placings ever. The 1990s were mostly bad for Denmark. It was disqualified from three contests (1994, 1996, 1998), and when present it mostly scored poorly, with the exceptions of 1990, 1995 and 1999.
The most recent Danish victory came in 2000, with the Olsen Brothers defying the odds, to win with “Fly on the Wings of Love”. The Olsens’ win however, is Denmark’s highest scoring ever, with 195 points. Its lowest score ever, was in 1962 with only 2 points.
The Danish qualifying preliminary contest for the Eurovision Song Contest is the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix.
Denmark first participated at the Eurovision Song Contest 1957, held in Frankfurt, Germany. Denmark had wanted to compete at the first contest in 1956, but had submitted their application past the deadline, and did not compete. Denmark was the first Nordic country to participate at the contest, with Sweden, Norway and Finland following soon after. (Iceland, however, did not take part until 1986).
Denmark’s first participants were Birthe Wilke and Gustav Winckler, with the song “Skibet skal sejle i nat” (English: The Ship Is Leaving Tonight). Their performance was controversial as, at the end of the song, the couple performed an 11-second kiss, that caused outcry in some countries. Nevertheless, the performance achieved a respectable 3rd place.
Denmark won Eurovision for the first time in 1963, when Grethe and Jørgen Ingmann sang “Dansevise” (Dance Ballad).
However controversy arose again for Denmark. After Norway announced the votes, Katie Boyle, the host, said that she could not hear them and would go back to them later. However everyone else did hear them, and when Boyle went back to Norway again the votes had been changed, thus changing the outcome of the contest and giving the victory to Denmark at Switzerland’s expense. In fact, the reason why Norway had to announce their votes again was that the Norwegian spokesperson didn’t use the right procedure the first time and therefore there was doubt whether he gave the correct votes on the first occasion.
After the 1966 contest and a record low of 14th place, Denmark withdrew from the contest indefinitely. DR did not view the contest as being quality entertainment. Dansk MGP was not held from that year onwards as well.Denmark’s most successful time at the contest was between 1984 and 1990. During this time Denmark achieved 4 top-five places, with 2 of them being 3rd. The duo of Kirsten Siggard and Søren Bundgaard represented Denmark three times during this period, under the name “Hot Eyes”. In 1984 they sang the song “Det’ lige det” (That’s Just It) and came in at 4th place.Hot Eyes again won Dansk MGP in 1988 with “Ka’ du se hva’ jeg sa’?” (Don’t You See That’s What I Told You?), and competed for Denmark at the Eurovision Song Contest 1988 in Dublin, Ireland. At Dublin they managed to beat their previous placing and came in at 3rd place, losing only to Celine Dion and Scott Fitzgerald (singer).
After 1989 Denmark fell from their high positions of the 80’s, and was relegated from the contest on three occasions in the 90’s. In 1993 Tommy Seebach, who had previously represented Denmark in 1979 and 1981, could only manage a 22nd placing, with Denmark being relegated from the contest in 1994. Aud Wilken sang for Denmark at the 1995 contest with “Fra Mols til Skagen” (From Mols to Skagen) and came 5th, but this high placing could not be repeated in 1996, as Denmark couldn’t even come out of the pre-selection process of the contest.
With another bad placing in 1997, Denmark was forced again to skip the 1998 contest. The abolition of the language rule, where a country could only sing in their official languages, in 1999 brought a return to success for Denmark, when Michael Teschl and Trine Jepsen came 8th with “This Time I Mean It”.
Denmark won the contest again in 2000, when brothers Jørgen and Niels Olsen came from nowhere and stole the title for Denmark, with “Fly on the Wings of Love”. The song went on to enjoy huge success around Europe.
At the 2001 contest, held in Copenhagen, Rollo & King came second with the song “Never Ever Let You Go”. However Denmark fell from above again in 2002 when, despite being a favourite to win the contest, Malene Mortensen came last for Denmark with “Tell Me Who You Are”. This was the first time that Denmark came last. Denmark were again relegated from the 2003 contest.
Since the introduction of semifinals in 2004 Denmark has qualified for the final 6 out of 8 times. In 2010 they came 4th with “In a moment like this” performed by Chanée and N’evergreen and in 2011 5th with “New tomorrow” performed by the band A Friend In London.

1957


Denmark took part in the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time at the Eurovision Song Contest 1957, held in Frankfurt, Germany. The Danish entry was chosen during a national final called Dansk Melodi Grand Prix.
Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 1957 was held on February 17, 1957 at the Radiohouse in Copenhagen. The host was Volmer Sørensen.117 songs had been submitted to the broadcaster and six of them were chosen for the national final. Two singers were competing in the selection – Birthe Wilke and Gustav Winckler. Both performed two songs as soloists and they also performed two songs as a duo. A jury of ten people selected the winner and only the top two were announced, which turned out to be the two duets. “Skibet skal sejle i nat” was the overall winner and would become Denmark’s first entry in the Eurovision Song Contest.
Denmark was the first Scandinavian country in the competition. At the Eurovision Song Contest in Frankfurt, the Danish entry was visually one of the most impressive ones that year: to illustrate the content of the song, which is about a sailor who has to say goodbye to a woman he met and fell in love with during a shore leave. The Danish entry was performed ninth (2nd last) on the night following France and preceding Switzerland. At the close of voting, Denmark had received ten points in total placing the country third among the ten participants. Denmark would remain the most successful debuting country in the Eurovision Song Contest until Poland finished second on its debut in 1994. However, Denmark has only received points from three of the other nine countries, most notably five points from the Netherlands.
lyrics

Goodbye then, my lass, stay well
I confess, my heart gives kind of a twinge
While I’m kissing you now
I love you
But the ship is leaving tonight
But the ship is leaving tonight

We met in fun, we courted a little
But what was carelessness, suddenly became serious
And you became everything to me
Now there’s only you
But the ship is leaving tonight
Yes, the ship is leaving tonight

We’re making a plan, we’re dreaming a dream
We’re fighting forward, despite head wind and current
Towards what we want so badly
Then suddenly we see
That the ship is leaving tonight
Yes, the ship is leaving tonight

Evening in the sign of the new moon
Two standing in the dark on the quay
Girl and man
One from the sea, one from land
Everything is said, now they’re just standing there
In silence
Finally she says:

Goodbye then, my friend, take care of yourself
I think, you’ve been so nice and fair
And I’ll be faithful to you
My life became the two of us
But the ship is leaving tonight
But the ship is leaving tonight

Although I’m yours, with mind and body
And now I can make a fuss and resist
Against what I know will happen
And cry and beg
For the ship is leaving tonight
Yes, the ship is leaving tonight

Suddenly the world stops
You hear the signal bell sounding
Your hopes lie broken, every single one
We humans mean so little

The happiness, we think is firm and solid
It’s only on an indefinite shore leave
For everything, we own, must go
We think, it is ours
But the ship is leaving tonight
Yes, the ship is leaving tonight

1958


The Danish National Final was held on February 16, 1958 at the Radiohouse in Copenhagen, the winning song was chosen by a jury of 10 people and only the winning song was announced.Denmark entered Raquel Rastenni with her song “Jeg rev et blad ud af min dagbog” which came 8th with 3 points in the Eurovision final.
lyrics

When you left in anger, I regretted
The fault was mine – reason, well… it tricked me
What we had together, was beautiful and great
Do you know what I’ve done today?

I tore a leaf out of my diary
Every little word I regret, my dear
What’s the use, that I’m wise afterwards
If you think, everything must come to an end?

Try to forgive me, even if it is hard
Then I’ll promise you, that it will never happen again

I tore a leaf out of my diary
You do the same, my friend

If you hate me, really, you have a reason
My jealousy, I was more than mean
Do try to forgive, that I was bad
And if you’re great enough, well then forget

I tore a leaf out of my diary
Every little word I regret, my dear
What’s the use, that I’m wise afterwards
If you think, everything must come to an end?

Try to forgive me, even if it is hard
Then I’ll promise you, that it will never happen again

I tore a leaf out of my diary
You do the same, my friend
You do the same, my friend

1959


Denmark was represented by Birthe Wilke, with the song ‘”Uh, jeg ville ønske jeg var dig”, at the 1959 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 11 March in Cannes, France. “Uh, jeg ville ønske jeg var dig” was chosen as the Danish entry at the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix on 12 February. Wilke had previously come third for Denmark in the 1957 contest in a duet with Gustav Winckler, who was one of her competitors in the 1959 DMGP.
On the night of the final Wilke performed second in the running order, following France and preceding Italy. Like most of the other songs in the contest it was somewhat old-fashioned in style with no hint of contemporary chart music, but Wilke gave an energetic and engaging performance. At the close of voting “Uh, jeg ville ønske jeg var dig” had received 12 points, placing Denmark 5th of the 11 entries. The Danish jury awarded its highest mark of 4 to France.
lyrics

If you love fully, you love entirely
You’re no divided nature
And you’re faithful, faithful to amour
Then I want to be loved back
Therefore listen to me, my friend

For ooh, I’d wish I were you
Ooh, how I’d love me
Pat my cheek and stroke my hair
And give me sun and spring
A thousand kisses and a thousand caresses
I’d often grant myself
So ooh, I’d wish I were you
Ooh, how I’d hug me
What a whirl and what a life
And what a perspective
Yes, ooh, I’d wish I were you

That’s why I ask you: If you walked the same path
And if you met you in the play of the kisses
If, on the other hand, you were me
When we are ninety, we’ll say: Who’s who’s?
Enchanting you, I sing like now:
Da doo da da dey da doo

So ooh, I’d wish I were you
Ooh, but if one day, you ask me to marry you
Then I’ll say: You know, it went as it should
Then you’ll marry me
So ooh, it was good that you were you

That’s why I ask you: If you walked the same path
And if you met you in the play of the kisses
If, on the other hand, you were me
When we are ninety, we’ll say: Who’s who’s?
Enchanting you, I sing like now:
Da doo da da dey da doo

So ooh, I’d wish I were you
Ooh, but if one day, you ask me to marry you
Then I’ll say: You know, it went as it should
Then you’ll marry me
So ooh, it was good that you were you

1960


Denmark was represented by Katy Bødtger, with the song ‘”Det var en yndig tid”, at the 1960 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 29 March in London. “Det var en yndig tid” was chosen as the Danish entry at the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix on 6 February.
On the night of the final Bødtger performed 4th in the running order, following Luxembourg and preceding Belgium. In style the song owed more to stage musicals than to contemporary music, and Bødtger complimented its rather quaint, old-fashioned sound by performing in a 19th-century fashioned gown, complete with bonnet and parasol. At the close of voting “Det var en yndig tid” had received 4 points (2 from Norway and 1 each from Luxembourg and the United Kingdom), placing Denmark joint 10th (with Sweden) of the 13 entries. The Danish jury awarded its highest mark (4) to contest winners France.
lyrics

Imagine what romance and charm there once was in the world
Then you’d dance briskly to music by Lumbye
And sweet tralulaley, yes

Yes, that was when
You’d go courting on the old banks
With crinolines and sunshades
And the whole world didn’t know grudge and malice
It was a lovely time

And if a girl was asked out, she’d go to her mother
And say “May I…”, no matter how old she was
And the gentleman and the lady would go to a café
It was a lovely time

That was when everything was so nice
It was wonderful in the king’s old city
That was when life was so happy
You just walked around being cheerful

Yes, that was when
You’d go courting on the old banks
And the city was asleep when it stroke twelve
And there was nobody
Who’d dream of fights and conflicts
It was a lovely time
It was a lovely time

Then there was not a car
And no Bellevue
And the ladies’ smiles were shy
With appeal and sweet tralulaley, yes

Yes, that was when
You’d go courting on the old banks
With crinolines and sunshades
And the whole world didn’t know grudge and malice
It was a lovely time

And if a girl was asked out, she’d go to her mother
And say “May I…”, no matter how old she was
And the gentleman and the lady would go to a café
It was a lovely time

That was when everything was so nice
It was wonderful in the king’s old city
That was when life was so happy
You just walked around being cheerful

Yes, that was when
You’d go courting on the old banks
And the city was asleep when it stroke twelve
And there was nobody
Who’d dream of fights and conflicts
It was a lovely time
It was a lovely time

1961


Denmark was represented by Dario Campeotto, with the song ‘”Angelique”, at the 1961 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 18 March in Cannes, France. “Angelique” was chosen as the Danish entry at the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix on 19 February.The 1961 DMGP is noted for the fact that all of Denmark’s previous Eurovision representatives – Birthe Wilke, Gustav Winckler, Raquel Rastenni and Katy Bødtger – returned for another try.
On the night of the final Campeotto performed 13th in the running order, following Norway and preceding eventual contest winners Luxembourg. At the close of voting “Angelique” had received 12 points (8 of which came from Norway), placing Denmark joint 5th (with Italy) of the 16 entries. The Danish jury awarded its highest mark of 4 to Italy.
lyrics

You are so wonderful, Angelique
What are the stars compared to your pretty eyes?
Your voice sounds like the sweetest music
And your soul is made of dream and romance

If I wore Shakespeare’s poetry hat
I’d be writing poems to you day and night
And if I wore Caruso’s cape
Then I’d sing and sing for you

And I’d paint you lovely and bashful
If I could paint as Rembrandt could
And I’d worship you on a violin
If I could play like Menuhin

But all the Muses said no
I don’t master singing and string playing
Just let me dream a little of you, Angelique
So I feel as just a single little pawn
In the mosaic of you life

Around the world there are wonderful girls
Some have the soft, and some have the fiery look
But if I searched in all of the most wonderful countries
I’d never find anyone so beautiful as you, Angelique

If I wore Shakespeare’s poetry hat
I’d be writing poems to you day and night
And if I wore Caruso’s cape
Then I’d sing and sing for you

And I’d paint you lovely and bashful
If I could paint as Rembrandt could
And I’d worship you on a violin
If I could play like Menuhin

But all the Muses said no
I don’t master singing and string playing
Just let me dream a little of you, Angelique
So I feel as just a single little pawn
In the mosaic of you life

Angelique, you, my wonderful Angelique
My Angelique

1962


Denmark was represented by Ellen Winther, with the song ‘”Vuggevise”, at the 1962 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 18 March in Luxembourg City. “Vuggevise” was chosen as the Danish entry at the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix on 11 February.The DMGP was held at the Tivoli in Copenhagen, hosted by Svend Pedersen. Five songs remained after the disqualification, with the winner chosen a by jury. It is not known how many jury members there were, nor the means by which songs were scored. Previous Danish representatives Birthe Wilke and Dario Campeotto were among the other participants.
On the night of the final Winther performed 5th in the running order, following Austria and preceding Sweden. Each national jury awarded 3-2-1 to its top 3 songs and at the close of voting “Vuggevise” had received 2 points (1 each from Italy and Sweden), placing Denmark joint 10th (with Norway and Switzerland) of the 16 entries. The Danish jury awarded its 3 points to Sweden.
lyrics

Now all people all over town are just about to say goodnight
He, you know who, is rustling with his umbrella
Now it happens, darling

The Sun pulled down the curtain
Look, now today became yesterday
Hurry into the country of sleep
So that your dream will be long

Hurry into the country of play
Just as fast as you can
Meet the funny little girl
You once told me about

Meanwhile, mum will be thinking of all the grey and boring
That grown-ups worry about
And deletes all sorrows from the long list
So tomorrow morning it will be empty

Hurry into the country of play
Just as fast as you can
Hurry into the country of sleep
So that your dream will be long

So, now you must lie very quiet
Quiet as a little mouse
Listen, then you’ll hear a star playing over our house

Meanwhile, mum will be thinking of all the grey and boring
That grown-ups worry about
And deletes all sorrows from the long list
So tomorrow morning it will be empty

Hurry into the country of play
Just as fast as you can
Hurry into the country of sleep
So that your dream will be long

1963


Denmark was represented by Grethe and Jørgen Ingmann, with the song ‘”Dansevise”, at the 1963 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 23 March in London. “Dansevise” was chosen as the Danish entry at the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix on 24 February, and went on to win the contest for Denmark in the most controversial of circumstances, when it was alleged that the Norwegian jury had altered their votes in order to hand victory to Denmark at the expense of Switzerland.
The DMGP was held at the Tivoli in Copenhagen, hosted by Marianne Birkelund. Eight songs took part with the winner being chosen by a 10-member jury. Other past and future Eurovision entrants competing were Birthe Wilke (1957 & 1959), Dario Campeotto (1961), Bjørn Tidmand (1964) and Gitte Hænning (1973, for Germany).
On the night of the final the Ingmanns performed 8th in the running order, following Finland and preceding Yugoslavia. “Dansevise” was a very sophisticated, atmospheric song, unlike anything previously heard in Eurovision. The pre-contest betting had suggested a two-horse race between Denmark and Switzerland, and the two songs quickly separated themselves from the pack in the early rounds of voting, which was done by each national jury awarding 5-4-3-2-1 to their top 5 songs. Host Katie Boyle then contacted Norway, the fifth jury due to vote, and the Norwegian spokesman clearly and confidently announced their votes as 5 to the United Kingdom, 4 to Italy, 3 to Switzerland, 2 to Denmark and 1 to Germany. However, as the spokesman had not given the results in the required format (by firstly giving the performance number of the song), Boyle asked him to repeat the votes. This appeared to confuse him, and Boyle agreed that to avoid any delay, they would come back to the Norwegian jury after all the other countries had voted.
Switzerland was ahead of Denmark by 39 points to 38. Had the votes originally announced by Norway been allowed to stand, Switzerland would have won by 42 points to 40. Boyle then went back to the spokesman in Oslo who now announced 5 to the United Kingdom, 4 to Denmark, 3 to Italy, 2 to Germany and 1 to Switzerland, giving the victory to Denmark by 2 points. In response to the controversy which followed the show, the European Broadcasting Union investigated the role of the Norwegian jury and concluded that there was no evidence of wrongdoing, with the confusion arising from misunderstandings. Notwithstanding, an element of suspicion has hung over the 1963 result ever since and it remains, along with 1968, the most contentious contest outcome in Eurovision history.
“Dansevise” has a very high reputation in Eurovision circles. The song often features prominently in polls to determine the best Eurovision winners, and is cited as one of the best examples of a Eurovision winner which does not date and still holds wide appeal.
lyrics

A ray of sunshine in a puddle
A little kiss on the cheek from a wind
And the rush, humming
That life’s beginning
Its web in your mind

A whistle of silver from a treetop
A faint sound of a cat grabbing
A ripple in the stream
A whisper in the hedge
That says, that it isn’t night anymore

The meadow is wet with dew
Lady Dawn goes to bed
Day gets up playfully
And crossing the bridge of the sun

And the two of us?
What about the two of us?
Yes, what about the two of us, you and me?
I’m dancing and dancing and stopping
And sensing only you
Why ever did you run away?

Come back, come back
Come back, you my beloved friend
Come back, come back
Wherever you wish, are we dancing to

Come, let us dance
Everything can happen
Come, let us dance
Let us dance, let us laugh

A whistle of silver from a treetop
A faint sound of a cat grabbing
A ripple in the stream
A whisper in the hedge
That says, that it isn’t night anymore

The meadow is wet with dew
Lady Dawn goes to bed
Day gets up playfully
And crossing the bridge of the sun

And the two of us?
What about the two of us?
Yes, what about the two of us, you and me?
I’m dancing and dancing and stopping
And sensing only you
Why ever did you run away?
Come back, come back

Beloved friend

1964


Denmark was represented by Bjørn Tidmand, with the song ‘”Sangen om dig”, at the 1964 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 21 March in Copenhagen following the victory of Grethe and Jørgen Ingmann for Denmark the previous year. “Sangen om dig” was chosen as the Danish entry at the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix on 15 February.Former Danish representatives Gustav Winckler, Raquel Rastenni and Dario Campeotto were all back for another try.
On the night of the final Tidmand performed 4th in the running order, following Norway and preceding Finland. As with all performances from the 1964 contest apart from Gigliola Cinquetti’s winning reprise, only an audio recording of Tidmand’s performance is known to survive. Each national jury awarded 5-3-1 to their top 3 songs and at the close of voting “Sangen om dig” had received 4 points (3 from Spain and 1 from Norway), placing Denmark 9th of the 16 entries. The Danish jury awarded its 5 points to Norway.
lyrics

The song about you is never over
It wakes up happy, when the day starts
It is like a soft, gentle melody
To me humming

A thousand things from far or near
Sending me word with tempting voices:
You alone is the one that I love
Never forgetting

Hope can burst
And people disappoint me bitterly
But the song, that I still have
It lights a candle for my spirits again

The song about you, the melody of my life
Humming about everything, that you have given me
The song about you is never over
For for me, you are the entire life

The poets write so many times
About the power of love
But even the most wonderful songs
Don’t get everything said

What is sorrow or joy
Lives in the deepest of the hearts
Whether I’ll laugh or cry
I’ll be hearing a song without words

The song about you, the melody of my life
Humming about everything, that you have given me
The song about you is never over
For for me, you are the entire life

1965


Denmark was represented by Birgit Brüel, with the song ‘”For din skyld”, at the 1965 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 5 March in Naples, Italy. For the first and only time to date, the Danish entry was chosen internally by broadcaster DR and no Dansk Melodi Grand Prix was held.
“For din skyld” was conspicuous as an exceptionally plain, old-fashioned ballad. However, to the surprise of many, the song picked up two maximum 5 points votes from Luxembourg and Sweden, enough to place Denmark 7th of the 18 entries. The Danish jury awarded its 5 points to the United Kingdom.
lyrics

For your sake I wear rustling skirts
For your sake I’m girlish, sensitive and coy
For your sake I have to be conquered every time
For your dream is to tame me, weak and shy
While I bravely resist

Every time, must be like then
Every time I give, you’d rather take
But my dream is to love in friendship
I’m tired of my femininity
For it makes you so broad-shouldered
I don’t care for men, who are men
But for men, who are human

For your sake the comedy’s over
For your sake it’s time to take off the masks
For your sake your lover revolts
I’m not your prey, but peer
Human, I say it for your sake

For otherwise I’ll slide away

1966


Denmark was represented by Ulla Pia, with the song ‘”Stop – mens legen er go'”, at the 1966 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 5 March in Luxembourg City. “Stop – mens legen er go'” was chosen as the Danish entry at the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix on 6 February.
Danish broadcaster DR withdrew from Eurovision following the 1966 contest, and would not return to the fold until 1978. The reasons for the withdrawal are unclear, although it is believed that a new programme controller at DR did not consider the expense involved in Eurovision participation to represent value for money.
Former Danish representatives Gustav Winckler (1957) and Dario Campeotto (1961) were among the participants, although they ended up sharing last place.
On the night of the final Ulla Pia performed second in the running order, following Germany and preceding Belgium. “Stop – mens legen er go'” had a contemporary sound and featured an instrumental break during which two dancers performed an energetic routine. “Stop – mens legen er go'” had received 4 points (3 from Finland and 1 from Norway), placing Denmark 14th of the 18 entries.
lyrics

When a girl’s going home from her first dance
It happens that her friend, goes just a bit too far
Yes, that happens so often, but she answers back:

Stop, yes stop, yes stop, while the going is good
For I can feel, that you’ll forget
That I should be home by two o’clock
What if, yes what if, yes what if the dreams would burst
For I think you can see
Time stops completely, when you hold so tight

Let’s just aimlessly wander on
Enjoy the tranquillity of the starry sky, it was made for us

Come, yes come, yes come, perhaps I’ll say yes
When the time has come for the puzzle of love
It will be without a ‘stop’

Let’s just aimlessly wander on
Enjoy the tranquillity of the starry sky, it was made for us

Come, yes come, yes come, perhaps I’ll say yes
When the time has come for the puzzle of love
It will be without a ‘stop’

1978


Denmark was represented by the band Mabel, with the song “Boom Boom”, at the 1978 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 22 April in Paris. “Boom Boom” was chosen as the Danish entry at the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix on 25 February, and marked Denmark’s return to Eurovision after an 11-year absence.
On the night of the final Mabel performed 16th in the running order, following Greece and preceding Luxembourg. At the close of voting “Boom Boom” had received 13 points (6 from France, 4 from Israel, 2 from Austria and 1 from the Netherlands), placing Denmark 16th of the 20 entries. The Danish jury awarded its 12 points to Spain.
lyrics

What is it that’s wrong with me?
I feel a bit unwell
I think it’s problems
Or far to much smoke
No, I don’t smoke and don’t drink at all
Then it’s probably your fitness
That’s worse than you think

No, I went to see the doctor
And do you know what he said?
That you should stop
The good things in life, from today?
I laid down on the couch, and he examined me
What happened? What did he say?
What’s wrong with you?

It’s only natural
The heart’s pounding away
When you’re in love with a girl
If you feel giant beats
You easily get nervous
It’s love, that’s knocking on the inside

And it goes ‘Boom boom’
And ‘Boom boom’ of desire
It feels like thunder here in my breast
Yes, it goes ‘Boom boom’
And beats like possessed
It’s pounding and beating day and night

Now I understand
Why you are so pale
I’m pleased, but tell me:
What do you think is on its way?
It’s the great love
I know it from myself
So you’ve felt the way I do
Tell me, tell me, tell me

It’s only natural
The heart’s pounding away
When you’re in love with a girl
If you feel giant beats
You easily get nervous
It’s love, that’s knocking on the inside

And it goes ‘Boom boom’
And ‘Boom boom’ of desire
It feels like thunder here in my breast
Yes, it goes ‘Boom boom’
And beats like possessed
It’s pounding and beating day and night

Yes, it goes ‘Boom boom’
And ‘Boom boom’ of desire
It feels like thunder here in my breast
Yes, it goes ‘Boom boom’
And beats like possessed
It’s pounding and beating day and night

Yes, it goes ‘Boom boom’
And beats like possessed
It’s pounding and beating day and night

1979


Denmark was represented by Tommy Seebach, with the song ‘”Disco Tango”, at the 1979 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 31 March in Jerusalem. “Disco Tango” was chosen as the Danish entry at the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix on 3 February, and was the first of Seebach’s three Eurovision appearances for Denmark. The 1979 DMGP is notable for the participation of both Denmark’s Eurovision winners, Grethe Ingmann and the Olsen Brothers.
On the night of the final Seebach performed 3rd in the running order, following Italy and preceding Ireland. Among the backing singers was Debbie Cameron, with whom Seebach would perform as a duo in the 1981 Eurovision. At the close of voting “Disco Tango” had received 76 points (including maximum 12s from Greece and Israel), placing Denmark 6th of the 19 entries. The Danish jury awarded its 12 points to Germany.
lyrics

She’s a star on a dance floor
Beats John Travolta in a rock ‘n’ roll
At the disco she’s scoring, and there you see
Them queue up with an eye on her, every time she enters

In the daytime she’s living a dog’s life
Practising dressage as a pastime
But when darkness falls, she’s the one opting out
She demands action, it’s the same every single day
What can it be that she wants?

Disco tango à la carte
And lots of decorations, flight and speed
A jockey without a horse, who dishes up
With news from USA, soul, reggae or pop

Bach is just as cool in the daytime
Beethoven still takes his slice of the cake
But the night menu is a bit bizarre:
A disco tango à la carte

Disco tango à la carte
And lots of decorations, flight and speed
A jockey without a horse, who dishes up
With news from USA, soul, reggae or pop

Bach is just as cool by in the daytime
Beethoven still takes his slice of the cake
But the night menu is a bit bizarre:
A disco tango à la carte

1980


Denmark was represented by the band Bamses Venner, with the song ‘”Tænker altid på dig”, at the 1980 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 19 April in The Hague. “Tænker altid på dig” was chosen as the Danish entry at the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix on 29 March. Other participants in the 1980 DMGP included Danish Eurovision winners Grethe Ingmann and the Olsen Brothers, and 1989 entrant Birthe Kjær.
On the night of the final Bamses Venner performed 7th in the running order, following Italy and preceding Sweden. At the close of voting “Tænker altid på dig” had received 25 points (the highest a 7 from Finland), placing Denmark 14th of the 19 entries. The Danish jury awarded its 12 points to contest winners Ireland.
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It’s today that I’ll be leaving, my friend
I’m looking forward to when we meet again
For it is here with you I feel best
Yes, you’re the one I love the most of all
When I have to leave you like this
Do you know that I’m…

Always thinking of you?
That you’re my light, that always shows the way

I know you have a dream
That one day we can enjoy ourselves and just relax
That we can live, like everybody else does
That we can get what we had before
It’s hard to change me
Can it comfort you, that I’m…

Always thinking of you?
That you’re my light, that always shows the way

My friend I hope that you after all
Will hang on, for we’ve together chosen
The life that keeps me away for so long
Sometimes several days running
When I’ve now said goodbye to you
I hope, you know, that I’m…

Always thinking of you
That you’re my light, that always shows the way

I’m always thinking about you
For you’re my light, that always shows the way

1981


Denmark was represented by Tommy Seebach and Debbie Cameron, with the song “Krøller eller ej”, at the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 4 April in Dublin. “Krøller eller ej” was chosen as the Danish entry at the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix on 28 February. Seebach had previously represented Denmark at Eurovision in 1979, when Cameron was one of his backing singers.
Cameron’s performance came in for some criticism after the show, both for her strange choice of outfit and for a rather untidy and frantically choreographed dance routine, which seemed rather at odds with the lyrics of a song which many felt would have benefitted from a much simpler and less distracting presentation. At the close of voting “Krøller eller ej” had received 41 points (including a maximum 12 from Belgium), placing Denmark 11th of the 20 entries. The Danish jury awarded its 12 points to Ireland.
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I have a two year old son
With big, blond curls
I have a three year old boy
With big, brown eyes
But I’ve got one more than you
OK, perhaps, but none is better than mine
For he’s very special
If I do say so myself

Curly hair or not, we love our children
Brown eyes or not, we love your children
For one thing is certain
We all hope that they’ll get the things they want
Whether they’re four or sixty, have curly hair or not

For one thing is certain
We all hope that they’ll get the things they want
Whether they’re four or sixty, have curly hair or not

Long live all children
Blond curls or not, we love our children
Brown eyes or not, we love your children
For one thing is certain
We all hope that they’ll get the things they want
Whether they’re four or sixty, have curly hair or not

(Long live children)
(Whether they have curly hair or not)

1982


Denmark was represented by the band Brixx, with the song ‘”Video, Video”, at the 1982 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 24 April in Harrogate, England. “Video, Video” was chosen as the Danish entry at the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix on 13 March. The previous year’s Danish entrant Tommy Seebach failed in his bid to represent Denmark for a third time.
Denmark was one of very few countries to provide a contemporary-sounding entry in a contest dominated by 1970s-style Eurovision songs, but this proved not to be what the juries were looking for in that year. At the close of voting “Video, Video” had received only 5 points (3 from Portugal and 1 each from Ireland and Sweden), placing Denmark 17th of the 18 entries, ahead only of the nul-points entry from Finland.
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When the rain’s just pouring down
Then I’ve turned on the colour TV
Humphrey Bogart and Björn from Wimbledon
I’ve got it all on video tape

Susanne went home yesterday
Home to her mother in Klampenborg
All that TV has made her raving mad
She says I’m not all normal

Video, video, (video), it’s rolling night and day
Video, video, (video), when I need to relax
Just press the button, then the box is running
(Oh…) I’m a video addict

My friends think it’s gone too far
Just sitting, staring at all that junk
But I don’t care, for me it’s just the thing
To watch video all day long
Yes, it is

Video, video, (video), it’s rolling night and day
Video, video, (video), when I need to relax
Just press the button, then the box is running
(Oh…) I’m a video addict

Video… oh video…

Video, video, (video), it’s rolling night and day
Video, video, (video), when I need to relax
Just press the button, then the box is running
(Oh…) I’m a video… (oh…) I’m a video…
(Oh…) I’m a video addict

1983


Denmark was represented by Gry Johansen, with the song ‘”Kloden drejer”, at the 1983 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 23 April in Munich. “Kloden Drejer” was chosen as the Danish entry at the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix on 5 March.1983 saw the first DMGP appearance of Kirsten Siggaard who, as a member of Hot Eyes and as a solo singer, would become a familiar face at DMGP and Eurovision for years to come. John Hatting had been a member of the previous year’s Danish representatives Brixx.
Johansen’s vocals were noticeably off-key at the start of the song, and continued to veer out of tune throughout; clips from the performance are frequently used in montages put together to illustrate Eurovision vocal faux pas. Johansen was criticised for having paid too much attention to choreography and not enough to the song. At the close of voting “Kloden drejer” had received 16 points (7 from Sweden, 4 from Spain, 2 from Cyprus and the United Kingdom and 1 from Turkey), placing Denmark 17th of the 20 entries. The result continued a run of undistinguished placements for Denmark since their return to Eurovision in 1978, with only one top 10 finish in six attempts.
lyrics

The planet’s spinning, everything grows again
People meet, floating on a cloud

A rough sea in the mind of the soul
An S.O.S. that makes me so blind
Perhaps we could, between us
Break the ties
Do let me in

The planet’s spinning, everything grows again
People meet, floating on a cloud

A shooting star leads the way
For people like you and me
A light is lit, and the night sees
Once again, to laughing people

The planet’s spinning, everything grows again
People meet, floating on a cloud

A thousand stars show the way
The twinkle just for you and me
You and me

The planet’s spinning, everything grows again
People meet, floating on a cloud

The planet’s spinning, everything grows again
People meet, floating on a cloud
Floating on a cloud

1984


Denmark was represented by Hot Eyes (the name chosen for use at Eurovision by Kirsten & Søren), with the song ‘”Det’ lige det”, at the 1984 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 5 May in Luxembourg City. “Det’ lige det” was chosen as the Danish entry at the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix on 18 February. This was the first of three Eurovision appearances in five years for the couple.
Other participants included familiar DMGP and Eurovision face Tommy Seebach and Lise Haavik (Trax) who would represent Denmark in 1986.
On the night of the final Hot Eyes performed 10th in the running order, following Ireland and preceding the Netherlands. “Det’ lige det” was an instant and catchy pop song well-performed, and at the close of voting had received 101 points (including maximum 12s from Norway and the United Kingdom), placing Denmark 4th of the 19 entries, the country’s first top 5 placing since their return to Eurovision in 1978. “Det’ lige det” became only the fourth non-winning Eurovision song to receive points from every other national jury (following France in 1976 and 1978, and Belgium in 1982).
lyrics

The rain is beating on the window
I stare at it, drearily
There isn’t a lot, that indicates
That the sun will come out again
Then the doorbell rings
And who do you think steps in?
You do, and at once the rain is gone
At least in my mind

That’s just what I’m waiting for
That’s just what makes me live
The big sensation, a wonderful gift
That suddenly appears out of nowhere
That’s just what I’m waiting for
That’s just what makes me float through the air
And if I dream, I beg you:
Don’t wake me up anymore

You stand a bit shy and hesitate
Then at last tells me
That you’ve realized
What I’ve known for so long
You stare past me, frightened
At the word ‘love’
Calm down, I’ll never get tired
Of that word, you know

That’s just what I’m waiting for
That’s just what makes me live
The big sensation, a wonderful gift
That suddenly appears out of nowhere
That’s just what I’m waiting for
That’s just what makes me float through the air
And if I dream, I beg you:
Don’t wake me up anymore

We run down the street hand in hand
And don’t care if the rain increases
I get a bit proud and shy
Every time you send me a smile

That’s just it…
That’s just what I’m waiting for
That’s just what makes me live
The big sensation, a wonderful gift
That suddenly appears out of nowhere
That’s just what I’m waiting for
That’s just what makes me float through the air
And if I dream, I beg you:
Don’t wake me up anymore

1985


Denmark was represented by Hot Eyes (the name chosen for use at Eurovision by Kirsten & Søren), with the song ‘”Sku’ du spørg’ fra no’en?”, at the 1985 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 4 May in Gothenburg, Sweden. “Sku’ du spørg’ fra no’en?” was chosen as the Danish entry at the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix on 9 March. Other participants included DMGP institution Tommy Seebach, 1983 Danish representative Gry Johansen, and Lise Haavik (Trax) who would represent Denmark in 1986.
The song featured vocal interjections from Søren’s 9 year-old daughter, and many found the presentation – which involved the child scampering about the stage while, for no very obvious reason, removing clothing accessories from the backing singers and putting them on herself – rather odd, distracting and annoying. Although very similar in style to the previous year’s “Det’ lige det”, “Sku’ du spørg’ fra no’en?” was less successful and at the close of voting had received 41 points (the highest a 10 from France), placing Denmark 11th of the 19 entries.
lyrics

An hour passed, well probably more
And I keep speculating:
Now, who was it, that you were?
Then I finally got an answer, it was obvious
When we were kids we were friends
In the yard at home, we often played theatre
When someone asked who we should look like, you’d answer:

Would you like to know? (Do you dare or not?)
Would you like to know, then just ask me
Come along to our dream island
Where you can get exactly what you want
Would you like to know? (Say it once more)
Would you like to know? Don’t you see
If you want to, we’ll go to
The place where everything can happen

I cautiously went to the jockey of the place
And asked for something with a bit less rock
I saw you get up and come this way
Straight towards me
Did you still remember me? I think so
You wanted to dance with me, but as you asked
I couldn’t really help laughing and saying:

Would you like to know? (Do you dare or not?)
Would you like to know, then just ask me
Come along to our dream island
Where you can get exactly what you want
Would you like to know? (Say it once more)
Would you like to know? Don’t you see
If only you want to, we’ll go to my secret place
If you want to, then come along
No!

Would you like to know? (Do you dare or not?)
Would you like to know, then just ask me
Come along to our dream island
Where you can get exactly what you want
Would you like to know? (Say it once more)
Would you like to know? Yeah
If you want to, we’ll go to
The place where everything can happen

1986


The Danish national final to select their entry, the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, was held on 22 February at the Danmarks Radio Studios in Copenhagen, and was hosted for the ninth straight time by radio and television host Jørgen de Mylius.The winning entry was “Du er fuld af løgn,” performed by Lise Haavik and composed by John Hatting.
Lise Haavik performed eighteenth on the night of the contest, following Sweden and preceding Finland. At the close of the voting the song had received 77 points, placing 6th in a field of 20 competing countries. This high placing was the start of six top-ten finishes for Denmark in the Contest.
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Look, just like before
You stand there making eyes,
Ooh… so confidently, to me
Standing there looking
As if it’s a game you’re playing
I say it honestly now, do you know what you are?

You’re filled with lies
When you say we’re just friends
I go along with the joke for a little longer
And before 24 hours have passed
I think you’re lies will come to an end
For you strike sparks when you touch me

You play up
Entertaining you friends
That will stop the first time
When you see, it’s the two of us
And you finally admit
That everything I say is true

You’re filled with lies
When you say we’re just friends
I go along with the joke for a little longer
And before 24 hours have passed
I think you’re lies will come to an end
For you strike sparks when you touch me

Just polish your nimbus
Do a cool style
Tell a new story, you can do whatever you want

For I can se that… (I can see that…)
You’re filled with lies
Clear as an open book
So give me four days, just with you

You’re filled with lies
When you say we’re just friends
I go along with the joke for a little longer
And before 24 hours have passed
I think you’re lies will come to an end
It’s so simple, you’re hot like me
For you strike sparks when I touch you
It’s so simple, you’re hot for me

1987


Denmark was represented by Anne-Cathrine Herdorf (supported by the group Bandjo), with the song ‘”En lille melodi”, at the 1987 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 9 April in Brussels. “En lille melodi” was chosen as the Danish entry at the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix on 28 February.Other participants included past and future Danish representatives Dario Campeotto, Tommy Seebach, Birthe Kjær and Kirsten Siggaard of Hot Eyes.
“En lille melodi” had been viewed as the kind of safe, unadventurous Eurovision song unlikely to be challenging for the win, but likely to pick up a lot of mid-range points and perform relatively well overall. At the close of voting the song had received 83 points, placing Denmark joint 5th (with the Netherlands) of the 22 entries.
lyrics

The earth is yours and mine
Ooh… the place we love
Take good care of it, that’s a common matter

It takes more, than just saying we know
Try with this song

It was a little tune
We sing here
But just sing along and see what happens
Together we could be the biggest choir
A song can become more than you think

No matter who we are
And no matter where we live
We’ve all borrowed the same earth
Ooh yeah…

But remember, still
It always starts with yourself
Try once, ooh… with this song

It was a little tune
An easy refrain
That can be sung over and over, ooh yeah… again
Together we could be the biggest choir
A song can become more than you think

(Sing a song a be everybody’s friend)
(Let us sing again)
(Sing a song about a better earth)
(It helps more than you think)

It was a little tune
An easy refrain
That can be sung over and over, ooh yeah… again
Together we could be the biggest choir
A song can become more than you think

1988


Denmark was represented by Hot Eyes (the name chosen for use at Eurovision by Kirsten & Søren), with the song ‘”Ka’ du se hva’ jeg sa’?”, at the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 30 April in Dublin.This was the last of three Eurovision appearances for Kirsten & Søren.
Kirsten & Søren’s Eurovision performance is noted for the fact that Kirsten was heavily and very visibly pregnant at the time
As was the case with their 1985 appearance, the stage presentation came across to some as unnecessarily quirky and overdone. However, at the close of voting “Ka’ du se hva’ jeg sa’?” had received 92 points (including maximum 12s from Austria, France and the Netherlands), placing Denmark third of the 21 entries, the country’s best placing since the victory of Grethe & Jørgen Ingmann in 1963.
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Do you know the kind of person
Who knows everything for certain
And who likes trampling on you
When you lie down
He whistles if it turns out that you’re at fault
Then he says gloatingly, and infuriatingly
With his silly laugh:

Don’t you see, that’s what I told you?
Do you agree or what?
And who’s the smartest of us?
Don’t you see, that’s what I told you?
Maybe you’d better
Listen a little to me, I’d claim
It’s not because I like to give in
I think I deserve that credit
But don’t you see, that’s what I told you?
I definitely think I’d agree with you
If only you were me

I won’t name anybody by their name
But you do know
I thinking of one particular person
It’s someone you know fairly well
And with a bit of luck
You should be able to guess it
And if it the right one
Then you can say to yourself:

Don’t you see, that’s what I told you?
Do you agree or what?
And who’s the smartest of us?
Don’t you see, that’s what I told you?
Maybe you’d better
Listen a little to me, I’d claim
It’s not because I like to give in
I think I deserve that credit
But don’t you see, that’s what I told you?
I definitely think I’d agree with you
If only you were me

You walk around as in a trance
And if you get your chance
Then I know for sure
That I’ll be the target
Because you’ll tease me and say
(You’ll tease and tease), then I’ll say:

Don’t you see, that’s what I told you?
Do you agree or what?
And who’s the smartest of us?
Don’t you see, that’s what I told you?
Maybe you’d better
Listen a little to me, I’d claim
It’s not because I like to give in
I think I deserve that credit
But don’t you see, that’s what I told you?
I definitely think I’d agree with you
If only you were me

1989


Denmark was represented by Birthe Kjær, with the song ‘”Vi maler byen rød”, at the 1989 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 6 May in Lausanne, Switzerland. “Vi maler byen rød” was chosen as the Danish entry at the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix on 25 March, a victory for Kjær after three runner-up finishes in DMGP earlier in the 1980s.Other participants included 1983 Danish representative Gry Johansen and the 2000 contest winner Jørgen Olsen.
On the night of the final Kjær performed 12th in the running order, following Luxembourg and preceding Austria. At the close of voting “Vi maler byen rød” had received 111 points (including maximum 12s from Finland, the Netherlands and Sweden), placing Denmark third of the 22 entries, the country’s second consecutive third-place finish. The Danish jury awarded its 12 points to Sweden.
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You’re a bit down in the mouth, do you think everything’s all grey?
Yes, I know how it is, of course, you know it
But forget it for a second, let it disappear into the air
Grab your palette, because now we’ll put on the colours

We’re painting the town red and the sky white of star gleam
All that is grey and boring gets an extra patch of colour
Then we give the clothes of night a brushstroke or more
And only when the sun says goodmorning and gets to work
We’ll say goodnight

The glasses you’re wearing can colour the things that happen
So you don’t see the joys others see
But you can borrow mine for a couple of hours if you like
Have a look around, open your eyes, come out and hammer away

We’re painting the town red and the sky white of star gleam
All that is grey and boring gets an extra patch of colour
Then we give the clothes of night a brushstroke or more
And only when the sun says goodmorning and gets to work
We’ll say goodnight

Are you still sitting inside
Rolling down the blinds
The joys have to be found
Just keep at it and come along
(Just keep at it and come along)

We’re painting the town red and the sky white of star gleam
All that is grey and boring gets an extra patch of colour
Then we give the clothes of night a brushstroke or more
And only when the sun says goodmorning and gets to work
Yes, only when the sun says goodmorning and gets to work
We’ll say goodnight

1990


Denmark was represented by Lonnie Devantier, with the song ‘”Hallo Hallo”, at the 1990 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 5 May in Zagreb. “Hallo Hallo” was chosen as the Danish entry at the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix on 24 March.Ten songs took part with the winner being decided by two rounds of televoting. In the first round the bottom five songs were eliminated, then the remaining five were voted on again to give the winner. Other participants included three-time Danish representative Kirsten Siggaard (of Hot Eyes) and Jørgen Olsen, the 2000 Eurovision winner.
The song was very much in the same uptempo pop vein which had characterised Danish Eurovision entries throughout the 1980s. At the close of voting “Hallo Hallo” had received 64 points from 13 countries.
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I look at my watch, I’m sure you’re home by now
So I run down the stairs to call you
But in the phone box a guy is standing with coins in his hand
He takes more out of his pocket, as he scowls at me

Then it’s free, I dial the number and get the connection
But it’s only you answering machine that answers

I say: Hello, hello
I know you’re home
Couldn’t you answer your phone
Hello, hello
I listen to your voice
But when the tape runs out, nobody’s there

The bells of the town hall are ringing and here I stand freezing
I’m tired of smart guys, who just want to impress
I’ve got a cold, I blow my nose, walk around sneezing
And can hardly control my temper anymore

I take the receiver, but I’m still being made a fool of
For it’s you stupid machine that answers

I say: Hello, hello
I know you’re home
Couldn’t you answer your phone
Hello, hello
I listen to your voice
But when the tape runs out, nobody’s there

I feed the phone with the last coin I’ve got
Your machine remains the only to answer

I say: Hello, hello
I know you’re home
Couldn’t you answer your phone
Hello, hello
I listen to your voice
But when the tape runs out, nobody’s there

I say: Hello, hello
I knew you were home
It was nice that you could answer your phone
Hello, hello
I listen to your voice
If the tape runs out, there’s still someone there
It was nice that you could answer your phone

1991


Denmark was represented by Anders Frandsen, with the song ‘”Lige der hvor hjertet slår”, at the 1991 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 4 May in Rome. “Lige der hvor hjertet slår” was chosen as the Danish entry at the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix on 16 March.One of the other participants was Birthe Kjær, who had finished third at Eurovision in 1989.
Performed by Frandsen seated at a piano, the song was very different in style from the uptempo hook-laden pop offerings which had become something of a Danish trademark since their return from hiatus in 1978. It appeared however that “Lige der hvor hjertet slår” lacked the instant appeal of songs such as those which had brought Denmark five consecutive top 10 finishes between 1986 and 1990, as at the close of voting the song had received only 8 points (5 from Norway and 3 from Sweden), placing Denmark 19th of the 22 entries.
lyrics

Like a dream, you were flying around inside me, sneaking into my mind
Turned my reality upside down
Caught my thoughts, layed with my self-confidence
Mmm… doubts and hopes and longings whizzing out and in
Do you feel like I do? Then listen to me:

Meet me where the heart beats, where love happens
Where the world ends, where the thought is turning around
Take me further out than the light can reach and hold me for a thousand years
Do you know that I’m waiting? Do you want to know where?
Where the heart beats

This night you became reality, melted into my body
Flew through the empty space
Dizzy and intoxicated, I drank of your love
Mmm… the world has changed, are we going the same way?
Oh… do you feel like I do? Then come with me

Meet me where the heart beats, where love happens
Where the world ends, where the thought is turning around
Take me further out than the light can reach and hold me for a thousand years
Do you know that I’m waiting? Do you want to know where?
Where the heart beats

Oh… where the heart beats, where love happens
Where the world ends, where the thought is turning around
Oh… take me further out than the light can reach and hold me for a thousand years
Do you know that I’m waiting? Do you want to know where?
Where the heart beats
Where the heart beats

1992


Denmark entered the Eurovision Song Contest 1992 with “Alt det som ingen ser”, sung by Lotte Nilsson and Kenny Lübcke after they won the Danish national final, Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 1992.Nilsson and Lübcke performed 18th on the night of the contest, following Ireland and preceding Italy. “Alt det som ingen ser” received 47 points, placing 12th in a field of 23.
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My friend got angry, he’s gone home
So just like me you’re alone at the party?
I know him, there’s no chance left
Then you’re free tonight, I take it
Now tell me, do you think I’m a girl, who’d fall for anybody?
I knew you’d say that, so why do we stay here?

When all the things that nobody sees
Nobody minds that, no thanks, I’ll stay here
All the things that nobody knows
That can’t be any of their business, you see?
Yes, all the things that nobody sees
Nobody minds that, a break is OK
If it’s for love and if we’re the only ones who know

What do you say, do you just think we should leave?
Give me a reason why we shouldn’t do it
Just a moment, while I put on my coat
It’s all about daring, while you dare it
We’ll take a taxi, while we can get one without sensing time and place
Is it illegal to aim at an hour for love?

When all the things that nobody sees
Nobody minds that, like this affair
All the things that nobody knows
That can’t be any of their business

What do we do, if someone sees us leave the party?
Yes, by the way
I know a trick that won’t disgrace us:
We’ve left, because you’ve had
A drop more than you should have
Don’t give me that
Now I’ll find a door to use, so nobody will see that we’re on our way

For, all the things that nobody sees
Nobody minds that, like this affair
All the things that nobody knows
That can’t be any of their business
You know that, all the things that nobody sees
Nobody minds that, a break is OK
Lightning can easily strike, we’re only a second away from love

1993


Denmark was represented at the Eurovision Song Contest 1993 by the Tommy Seebach Band and “Under stjernerne på himlen”, the winners of the Danish national final, Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 1993.This was Seeback’s seventh appearance at Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, having previously won twice (in 1979 and 1981 (with Debbie Cameron) as well as placing 2nd in 1982, 4th in 1984, 2nd in 1985 and 4th in 1987.
Seebach performed 5th at the Eurovision Song Contest 1993 in Millstreet, Ireland, following Switzerland and preceding Greece. “Under stjernerne på himlen” placed 22nd of the 25 competing countries, receiving a total of 9 points, receiving 1 point from Sweden, 3 points from Luxembourg and 5 points from Bosnia and Herzegovina. This relegated Denmark from competing in the Eurovision Song Contest 1994, after placing in the bottom 6 entries.
lyrics

I sit down on the edge of your bed and you laugh at me
The world shrinks to nothing when I look at you
You’re lying as quiet as a mouse and seem indescribably small
Among all of your funny bears, but in the dream game
We find the way out to new adventures

Under the stars of the sky, you’re sailing with me
Close your eyes silently now, then we’re on our way
We’re sailing across the water and into the dream land, you and I

And if you’re frightened by the wind I’ll kiss you gently on the cheak
Wherever you are in your imagination I’ll always be here by you, my darling
Now safely put your hand in mine

Under the stars of the sky, you’re sailing with me
Close your eyes silently now, then we’re on our way
We’re sailing across the water and into the dream land, you and I
The dream land, you and I
(Sailing, sailing into the dream… dream… dream land, you and I)

1995


Denmark was represented by Aud Wilken, with the song ‘”Fra Mols til Skagen”, at the 1995 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 13 May in Dublin. “Fra Mols til Skagen” was chosen as the Danish entry at the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix on 25 March.
Pre-contest betting rated “Fra Mols til Skagen” among the favourites for victory. On the night of the final Wilken performed 19th in the running order with, by chance, the two top favourites in the betting – Sweden and Slovenia – coming immediately before and after. At the close of voting “Fra Mols til Skagen” had received 92 points (including two maximum 12s from Norway and Sweden), placing Denmark 5th of the 23 entries, the country’s best placement in the 1990s. The Danish jury awarded its 12 points to Sweden.
lyrics

Let me know when
Every train is leaving
For I want to wake up with you
Now the snow has locked me up

Only a winter away
Cold and freezingly clear
Send me your thoughts
For my heart is beating

From Mols to Skagen, from Mols to Skagen
From Mols to Skagen, I miss you
And your silk sheets
And breakfast on blue balconies
There are no wild swans
As long as the snow’s falling

You were everything to me
Now I’m silent and pale
You’re the emperor of the Sun
My dreams are travelling

From Mols to Skagen, from Mols to Skagen
From Mols to Skagen, I miss you
And your silk sheets
And breakfast on blue balconies
There are no wild swans
As long as the snow’s falling

Silk sheets
And breakfast on blue balconies
There are no wild swans
As long as the snow’s falling

Silk sheets
(From Mols to Skagen)
And breakfast on blue balconies
(From Mols to Skagen)
There are no wild swans
As long as the snow’s falling

1996


Denmark chose Dorthe Andersen and Martin Loft, with the song ‘”Kun med dig”, to be their representatives at at the 1996 Eurovision Song Contest, to be held on 18 May in Oslo. “Kun med dig” was chosen as the Danish entry at the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix on 9 March. However, Denmark was one of seven countries which failed to qualify for the Eurovision final from a pre-qualifying round, so they were not represented in Oslo.
In 1996, for the only time in Eurovision history, an audio-only pre-qualifying round (from which hosts Norway were exempt) was held on 20 March as 29 countries wished to participate in the final but the European Broadcasting Union had set a limit of 22 (plus Norway). The countries occupying the bottom seven places after the pre-qualifier would be unable to take part in the main contest. After the voting, “Kun med dig” had received 22 points, placing 25th and bringing Denmark’s participation in 1996 to a premature end.
lyrics

In a quiet mind
You walked straight in
You’ve found the point
Nobody could see

From an inner call
To a slender hope
You’re answering
The longings here and now

Only with you
It’s only with you
That I’m living with all of my senses
I can see that what is outlined
Baby, it’s only with you

From the first word
You’ve left your mark
And found the way
Straight in to me

Only with you
It’s only with you
That I’m living with all of my senses
I can see that what is outlined
Baby, it’s only with you

Only with you
It’s only with you
That I’m living with all of my senses
I can see that what is outlined
Baby, it’s only with you
Ooh…

1997


Denmark was represented by rapper Kølig Kaj, with the song ‘”Stemmen i mit liv”, at the 1997 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 3 May in Dublin. “Stemmen i mit liv” was chosen as the Danish entry at the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix on 1 March. “Stemmen i mit liv” emerged the winner by a relatively narrow margin over “Utopia” by Jette Torp and was regarded as something of a risky choice, as rap had only been tried once before at Eurovision (by the United Kingdom’s Love City Groove in 1995), without a great deal of success.
the BBC’s famously derisive Terry Wogan remarked “This is about an eejit who falls in love with Directory Enquiries” and later “I’d like to meet the man who introduced rap to Denmark, and give him a piece of my mind”. Although widely considered as a likely candidate for the infamous nul-points, at the close of voting “Stemmen i mit liv” had received 25 points, placing Denmark 16th of the 25 entries. The Danish jury awarded its 12 points to contest winners the United Kingdom.
lyrics

“It’s the Inquiries, hello”
“Yes, hello, this is Kaj, can I talk to that nice girl?”
“Who’s the nice girl?”
“Well, the voice in my life”

(I’m turned on by you, and can’t reach you for)
(You’re so far away from me)

I’m feeling a bit lonely, because I miss someone
I can share my life with, it’s becoming a problem
I’m calling you, but I can’t get it said
And when the courage finally comes, the receiver has been hung up

It’s two o’clock, I’ve tried several times
You aren’t in, the answer remains the same
Why are you away, when I’m right here?
Why am I alone? I feel so strange

I overshoot the mark, every time I think I taking aim
I feel so confident, but the contact to you is failing
I feel like hell, I get drunk
All this to forget you and your voice

(I’m turned on by you, and can’t reach you) for
(You’re so far away from me), you’re the voice in my life
(I’m calling you, I wish I could see you) for
(You’re so far away from me), yes, you’re the voice in my life

I got fired from my job, because I was calling during working hours
That couldn’t stop me, I wanted to hear you all the time
Ever since my mobile ‘phone bills have been growing
I owe people money, and my life’s a bit of a mess

Even though I was properly raised, I can’t help it
The ‘phone’s near, the number is no problem
To remember, it’s just one, one and eight
Haven’t talked to you today, I wish I had the time

At first it was Molly, then it was Lone, then it was Lis
Then it was Mette, then it was Helle, then it was Kis
But the one I wanted to talk to, wasn’t around
I’d call twenty times, thought it was all over

For just one single answer, could save my day
But there were no bright hopes, not the answer I wanted
At last I keeled over, with the ‘phone in my hand
With the dream of you, your voice in my mind

(I’m turned on by you), yeah… (and can’t reach you) for
(You’re so far away from me), you’re the voice in my life
(I’m calling you, I wish I could see you) for
(You’re so far away from me), yes, you’re the voice in my life

Well then, I have to pull myself together, my friend
Grab the ‘phone and try again
I dialed one, one, eight, wished, hoped
“It’s the Inquiries”, and then I stood gawping

“Hi, this is Kaj, eh…”
“At the moment there’s a short wait of twenty seconds
The waiting time is free”
“I love you”

(I’m turned on by you), yeah… (and can’t reach you) for
(You’re so far away from me), you’re the voice in my life
(I’m calling you, I wish I could see you) for
(You’re so far away from me), yes, you’re the voice in my life

(I’m turned on by you)

1999


For the Eurovision Song Contest 1999, Denmark used the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 1999 contest. The final was held on 13 March 1999 at the DR TV studios in Copenhagen, and was hosted by Keld Heick.After missing the 1998 contest, Denmark returned at Jerusalem for the 1999 contest. Jepsen and Teschl performed 9th on the night, following Norway and preceding France. At the close of the voting it had received 71 points, placing 8th in a field of 23.
lyrics

(This time I mean it, oh baby)

I don’t know what it’s all about, but I’m startin’ to figure out
Simple songs on the radio kinda colour the way I go

Every song holds an inner key to my dreams and my fantasy
Defences down and suddenly all your love comes back to me

And this time I mean it, oh baby, this time I mean it and now
You got me goin’ so crazy even though I don’t know how
Tried it before but we never happened, we just gotta try it again
Well, this time I mean it, oh baby, I’m in love with you again

Oh… I know what was said and done, it’s been hard just to carry on
The sweetest love left a bitter taste, who’s to say it was all a waste?

Mmm… ’cause in each quarrel, in every fight, there’s a lesson ’bout wrong and right
Oh… looking back, I’m sure to say that we learned from yesterday

So this time I mean it, oh baby, this time I mean it and now
You got me goin’ so crazy even though I don’t know how
We tried it before but we never happened, we just gotta try it again
Well, this time I mean it, oh baby, I’m in love with you again

This time I mean it, oh baby, I’m in love with you again

2000


“Fly on the Wings of Love” performed by the Olsen Brothers represented Denmark in the Eurovision Song Contest 2000. It was selected on 19 February 2000 at the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2000, performed in Danish as “Smuk som et stjerneskud” (Beautiful as a shooting star). Olsen Brothers went on to win that year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm, Denmark’s second Eurovision win.
lyrics

In the summer nights, when the moon shines bright, feeling love forever
And the heat is on when the daylight’s gone, still happy together
There’s just one more thing I’d like to add – she’s the greatest love I’ve ever had

Fly on the wings of love, fly, baby, fly
Reaching the stars above, touching the sky

And as time goes by, there’s a lot to try, and I’m feelin’ lucky
In the softest sand, smiling hand in hand, love is all around me
There’s just one more thing I’d like to add – she’s the greatest love I’ve ever had

Fly on the wings of love, fly, baby, fly
Reaching the stars above, touching the sky

If you just fly, (fly, baby, fly)
Fly on the wings of love, (on the wings of love)
Reaching the stars above, (fly, baby, fly,) touching the sky

Fly on the wings of love, fly, baby, fly
Reaching the stars above, touching the sky

Fly on the wings of love, (fly, baby, fly)
Fly, baby, fly (on the wings of love)
Reaching the stars above, (fly, baby, fly,) touching the sky
If you just fly on wings of love

2001


Denmark was represented by Rollo & King, with the song ‘”Never Ever Let You Go”, at the 2001 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 12 May at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, following the Olsen Brothers’ victory for Denmark in 2000. “Never Ever Let You Go” was chosen as the Danish entry at the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix on 17 February.
On the night of the final Rollo & King performed last in the running order, following Greece. This was an ideal draw for the song and at the close of voting “Never Ever Let You Go” had received 177 points, placing Denmark second of the 23 entries, 21 points behind surprise contest winners Estonia and 30 points ahead of third-placed Greece. The song’s tally included six maximum 12 points votes from Croatia, Estonia, Germany, Iceland, Ireland and Norway. Only Bosnia-Herzegovina and Russia failed to award the song any points at all.
lyrics

Oh… oh… mmm…
I’ll never ever let you go
Mmm… mmm… mmm…

Each morning I wake up alone, for too long I’ve been on my own
You seem to fill my heart and mind, the greatest love that I could find
Love that I could find

I’ll never ever let you go though you hurt my feelings
You bring back memories all the time
I’ll never ever be the same since you left me lonely
So please come back to me again

These last days I’ve been down and blue, I wonder if you miss me too
I think about you all the time and keep on waitin’ for a sign
Waitin’ for a sign

I’ll never ever let you go though you hurt my feelings
You bring back memories all the time
I’ll never ever be the same since you left me lonely
So please come back to me again

I cry out your name, I’m sick and tired of this game
Oo… baby, kiss me, I think this love was meant to be
Oh yeah… oh… love was meant to be, yeah

I’ll never ever let you go though you hurt my feelings
You bring back memories all the time
I’ll never ever be the same since you left me lonely
So please come back to me again

Mmm… oh…
I’ll never ever let you go
Mmm… oh… yeah

I’ll never ever let you go though you hurt my feelings
You bring back memories all the time
I’ll never ever be the same since you left me lonely
So please come back to me again

I’ll never ever let you go

2002


Denmark used the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2002 contest to select their entrant to the Eurovision Song Contest 2002 in Tallinn, Estonia. The final was held at the Cirkusbygningen in Copenhagen on 9 February 2002 and was hosted by Michael Carøe and Signe Svendsen.Mortensen performed 14th on the night of the Eurovision Song Contest 2002, following Finland and preceding Bosnia and Herzegovina. Despite being one of the favourites to win, it only managed to receive 7 points coming last of 24 countries, forcing Denmark to skip the 2003 contest.
lyrics

Morning light breaking darkness, bringing dawn on again
I can feel you are restless, I’m afraid for day to begin
You are here, still around me, but your mind goes runnin’ free

Tell me who you are, show me what to do
Let me be the one that you hold on to
Open up your heart, let me look inside
Baby, we’ll go wrong if you try to hide
So tell me who you are

Not a word, not a whisper, I’m confused, feelin’ low
In my dreams – sweet surrender, through your arms – like a river I flow
You are here, still around me, but your mind goes runnin’ free

Tell me who you are, show me what to do
Let me be the one that you hold on to
Open up your heart, let me look inside
Baby, we’ll go wrong if you try to hide
So tell me who you… tell me who you are

You are here, still around me, but your mind goes runnin’ free
Oh…

(Tell me who you are, show me what to do)
Tell me who you are
(Let me be the one that you hold on to)
Let me be the one you hold on to
(Open up your heart, let me look inside)
Open up your heart and let me look inside
(Baby, we’ll go wrong if you try to hide)
Baby, we’ll go wrong if you hide

Tell me who you are, show me what to do
Let me be the one that you hold on to
Open up your heart, let me look inside
Baby, we’ll go wrong if you try to hide
So tell me who you are

2004


Denmark selected their entrant for the Eurovision Song Contest 2004 in Istanbul, Turkey through the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2004. The final was held in the Aarhus Kongrescentrum in Aarhus on 7 February 2004 and was hosted by Natasja Crone and Peter Mygind. After missing out on the 2003 contest, DR returned to the format of 2002, with one final and no semi-finals. Thordarsson sang in the 19th position, following Croatia and preceding Serbia and Montenegro. At the close of the voting, the song had received 56 points, placing 13th in a field of 22. Denmark did not qualify to the final.
lyrics

Na na na na, na na na na na, na na
Na na na na, na na na na na, na
Na na na, na na na na na, na na

We’ve been together for the longest time
I always thought that I could read your mind
But lately we’ve been like two actors in a show
And I wonder, where’s the loving that we used to know?

I hoped that everything would be alright
That you would be forever by my side
But all the feelings and the luck we used to share
Now it seems to me it’s gone and that you just don’t care

You’re my fire, you’re my desire, shame on you
Can’t you see that we have gone too far?
Don’t you leave me, don’t you deceive me, shame on you
I just want to be where you are

You know I love you, don’t you cheat on me
You try to hide it, but it’s plain to see
Make up your mind, ’cause I can’t take it anymore
Won’t you turn to me and tell me what you’re waiting for?

You’re my fire, you’re my desire, shame on you
Can’t you see that we have gone too far?
Don’t you leave me, don’t you deceive me, shame on you
I just want to be where you are

Na na na na, na na na na na, na na
Na na na na, na na na na na, na
Na na na, na na na na na, na na

You’re my fire, you’re my desire, shame on you
Can’t you see that we have gone too far?
Don’t you leave me, don’t you deceive me, shame on you
I just want to be where you are

You’re my fire, you’re my desire, shame on you
Can’t you see that we have gone too far?
Don’t you leave me, don’t you deceive me, shame on you
I just want to be where you are

You’re my fire, you’re my desire, shame on you
Can’t you see that we have gone too far?
Don’t you leave me, don’t you deceive me, shame on you
I just want to be where you are

2005


Denmark was represented at the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 by Jakob Sveistrup with the song “Talking to You”. He placed third in the semi-final and then ninth at the final. His song was selected through Denmark’s national selection process titled Dansk Melodi Grand Prix.
Jakob Sveistrup is a 33 year old school teacher and works in a special school for children with autistic spectrum disorder. Jakob Sveistrup lives and works in Odense. He became known by the Danes when he participated in ‘Star for a Night’ on DR TV in 2003. He nearly went all the way but was beaten in the final.
lyrics

You nailed me to the floor with just one look
I’ll sail any ocean, to show my devotion
If only I could open up your eyes
And get your attention, a brand new dimension

Connect your inner line
And tell me that you’re mine
M-mh, yeah

I’m talking to you, through my heart
Talking to you girl, just tell me where to start
I wanna get through, right away
Wanna get through now, can’t wait another day

You’re all I hoped to find
I’ve never felt like this before
I got to make you mine

I wonder how it feels to be with you
Imagination, my sweet temptation
I just can’t get enough
I’m desperate, desperate for your love

I’m talking to you, through my heart
Talking to you girl, just tell me where to start
I wanna get through, right away
Wanna get through now, can’t wait another day

You’re all I hoped to find
I’ve never felt like this before
I’ve got to make you mine

(I’m talking to, I’m talking to you)
I’m talking to you, baby
(I wanna get, I wanna get through)
I wanna get through

(I’m talking to you, through my heart)
Talking to you girl, just tell me where to start
(I wanna get through, right away)
Wanna get through (wanna get through now)
Can’t wait another day

You’re all I hoped to find
I’ve never felt like this before
I know you will be mine

I’m talking to you

2006


Denmark chose their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 in a final held on 11 February at the Gigantium Arena in Aalborg. Sidsel Ben Semmane was unanimously selected to represent Denmark in Athens with the song “Twist of Love”. Sidsel had a good presentation of her song which is a mix of elements from country and rock ‘n’ roll. Twist of Love picked up top marks from all four regional juries. The song was written and composed by Niels Drevsholt.
The youngest artist this year is 17-year old Sidsel who comes from Århus, Denmark.Due to the top-10 result of Jakob Sveistrup the previous year, Denmark proceeded straight to the finals, finishing in 18th place with 26 points.
lyrics

Once upon a time there was this guy called Johnny
He was kinda shy and so in love with Connie
But so was O’Smarty, who played it cool
The king of the party, but oh what a fool

He didn’t know how to twist
He didn’t know how to make a girl insist
He didn’t know how to move, he didn’t feel the groove
He didn’t know how to twist
(Twist, he didn’t know how to twist)
He didn’t know how to move, he didn’t feel the groove
He didn’t know how to twist

Once upon a night there was this guy called Johnny
He was kinda high and dancing with his honey
The queen of the party proclaimed him king
While poor old O’Smarty was left in the ring

He didn’t know how to twist
He didn’t know how to make a girl insist
He didn’t know how to move, he didn’t feel the groove
He didn’t know how to twist
(Twist, he didn’t know how to twist)
He didn’t know how to move, he didn’t feel the groove
He didn’t know how to twist

Hit it, Johnny

A twist of love
A twist of pain
A twist of me and you
A twist of things you can’t explain
Will make your dream come true

Be sure you know how to twist
Be sure you know how to make a girl insist
Be sure you know how to move, be sure you feel the groove
Be sure you know how to twist
Oh, oh…
(Twist, be sure you know how to) twist

Be sure you know how to move, be sure you feel the groove
Be sure you know how to twist
Be sure you know how to move, be sure you feel the groove
Be sure you know how to twist

2007


Denmark chose their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 with Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2007. For the first time, the final, held in Horsens on 20 February 2007, was preceded by two semi finals.DQ won and represented Denmark in the Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Drama Queen”. He performed 12th in the semi-final on 10 May, but finished 19th, which means Denmark did not qualify for the final.
lyrics

When the sun is setting at the end of the day
And the city fills with shades of grey
In between the streetlight and the moonlit snow
There’s a place I go
Where I do my show

I’m your drama queen tonight
All my troubles are out of sight
When the lights are on
I will be your shining star
I’m your drama queen tonight
Everything’s gonna be alright
When I get on the stage tonight

It’s a space in time where every dream comes true
And tomorrow’s sorrows just won’t do
In between reality and fantasy
I will make you see
If you just believe

I’m your drama queen tonight
All my troubles are out of sight
When the lights are on
I will be your shining star
I’m your drama queen tonight
Everything’s gonna be alright
When I get on the stage tonight

No more use pretending
No more reason to run and hide
Let’s make all our dreams come true tonight

I’m you drama queen tonight
All my troubles are out of sight
When the lights are far
I will be your shining star
I’m your drama queen tonight
Everything’s gonna be alright
When I get on the stage tonight
Oh… ’cause I’m your drama queen tonight

2008


The 2008 Eurovision Song Contest is Denmark’s 37th appearance in the competition. Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2008 have chosen their entry. The semi finals took place on January 12 and January 19, 2008 with the final on February 2.Denmark participated in the second semi final qualifying for the final after finishing 4th.
In the final Simon Matthew performed in 16th position following Sweden and preceding Georgia where he picked up 60 points and finished 15th.
lyrics

The sun is up
I’m feeling great
I’m just enjoying life
Right here in the shade

Let’s take a ride, right away
I’ll be by your side
So easy the easy life

Celebrate the good times

All night long
All night long
Celebrate good times – come on
All night long

Who’s to tell
What’s to come
All I know is tomorrow
Today will be gone

Get out, out of bed
Put on your blue suede shoes – aha
Get up, up and dance

Celebrate the good times

All night long
All night long
Celebrate good times – come on
All night long

If your life is like a sad song maybe
You should try and celebrate it
Celebrate it

All night long
All night long
Celebrate good times – come on
All night long

2009


Denmark participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 held in Moscow on 16 May 2009. Denmark was represented by Brinck with the song “Believe Again”.Two other Danish-born contestants also participated at the 2009 Eurovision contest: Susanne Georgi represented Andorra and Yohanna represented Iceland.Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2009 was held on 31 January at the MCH Messecenter Herning in Herning, Denmark. The show was hosted by previous Danish entrant Birthe Kjær, and TV and radio presenter Felix Smith.
Since Denmark was not one of the “Big Four” nor the host of the 2009 contest, it had to compete in the second semi-final of the contest on 14 May. Brinck performed ninth in the running order of the semi-final, following Slovakia and preceding Slovenia, where he qualified Denmark to final of the contest, placing 8th. In the final, Denmark finished in 13th place with 74 points.
lyrics

You made it so easy to fall
I could not stand at all
I saw you beside me
You never saw me there at all

I promised you all this
I made plans thinking this was it
I never imagined I’d find you
Lose myself instead

I never had a picture of an end

And I… I wanna believe in love
I wanna believe in something bigger
Than the two of us, yeah…
I… I wanna breathe again
I wanna go back to the days
The days I had my innocence
I wanna believe again

I picked up the pieces
And put them back where they belong
But something is missing
Though I look the same, I’m not that strong
But I’m gonna learn to trust again

And I… I wanna believe in love
I wanna believe in something bigger
Than the two of us (The two of us)
And I… I wanna breathe again
I wanna go back to the days
The days I had my innocence
I wanna believe again

For without love, what do we become?
I never had a picture of an end

And I… I wanna believe in love
I wanna believe in something bigger
Than the two of us (The two of us)
I… I wanna breathe again
I wanna believe
I wanna believe
I wanna believe again

2010


Denmark competed in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010, held in Bærum Norway in May 2010. The Danish broadcaster DR held the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix contest to select the country’s entry for the contest, with the 2010 edition being held on 6 February 2010.Denmark qualified from the second semi-final of the contest, on 27 May, therefore progressing to the final on 29 May. They ended up in 4th place with 149 points, achieving their best place in the contest since 2001.
lyrics

For as long as I remember
For as long as I’ve been blue
Every day since we’ve been parted
All I thought about was you

Didn’t need the time for sorrow
Didn’t need the time for pain
What am I supposed to do
When living without you
Was the worst I ever knew?

In a moment like this
Wanna know, wanna know, wanna know what you’re looking for
Wanna know, wanna know, wanna know if you’ll ask for more
Oh… in a moment like this
Wanna know, wanna know, wanna know what I have to do
Wanna know, wanna know, wanna know how to get to you
Oh… in a moment like this

Ever since the day you left me
Ooh… ever since you went away
I’m lost and I don’t know
Where am I supposed to go?
I still miss you so

In a moment like this
Wanna know, wanna know, wanna know what you’re looking for
Wanna know, wanna know, wanna know if you’ll ask for more
Oh… in a moment like this

When I need for you to hold me
Say you love and never leave me
My heart will forever be true

In a moment like this
Wanna know, wanna know, wanna know what you’re looking for
Wanna know, wanna know, wanna know if you’ll ask for more
Oh… in a moment like this
Wanna know, wanna know, wanna know what I have to do
Wanna know, wanna know, wanna know how to get to you
Oh… in a moment like this

2011


Denmark participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Düsseldorf, Germany, selecting their entry through the national final Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2011, organised by Danish broadcaster Danmarks Radio (DR).Less than a week after the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 concluded, Danish broadcaster DR started preparing the 2011 edition of its national selection, Dansk Melodi Grand Prix.
Denmark performed in the second half of the second semi final of the contest, with starting position 18 on the 12th of May 2011. Denmark qualified for the grand final on May 14, 2011, placing 2nd with 135 points. Shortly after the completion of the second semi final, Denmark drew starting position 3 for the grand final on Saturday night. After a solid performance from the Danes, and at the completion of the voting, they finished 5th with 134 points rounding out the top 5.
lyrics

Come on boys, come on girls
In this crazy, crazy world
You’re the diamonds, you’re the pearls
Let’s make a new tomorrow, today

Wake up, slow down
Do nothing right now
Breathe in, breathe out
Did we forget how to live, to dream
And what it all means?
It’s like we don’t care

Who’s hot, who’s not?
Who’s got the right upside down?
Tonight, tomorrow
You’re out of time
Upstyle, you are back in the line
A race to nowhere

Come on boys, come on girls
In this crazy, crazy world
You’re the diamonds, you’re the pearls
Let’s make a new tomorrow

Come on girls, come on boys
It’s your future, it’s your choice
And your weapon is your voice
Let’s make a new tomorrow, today

Turn left, turn right
Don’t make up your mind
Your way to fame is all in vain
You get in the spot
Then you run out of luck
You’re going nowhere
We can change it all today

Come on boys, come on girls
In this crazy, crazy world
You’re the diamonds, you’re the pearls
Let’s make a new tomorrow

Come on girls, come on boys
It’s your future, it’s your choice
And your weapon is your voice
Let’s make a new tomorrow, today

Come on boys
Let’s make a new tomorrow

Come on boys, come on girls
In this crazy, crazy world
You’re the diamonds, you’re the pearls
Let’s make a new tomorrow

Come on girls, come on boys
It’s your future, it’s your choice
And your weapon is your voice
Let’s make a new tomorrow, today

2012


Denmark will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 and selected their entry through the national final Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2012, organised by the Danish national broadcaster, DR.On 15 May 2011, one day after the 2011 Contest had been held in Germany, DR announced its participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012, to be held in Baku, Azerbaijan.Denmark competed in the second half of the first semi-final on 22 May.
lyrics

Should’ve known better
Now I miss you like Sahara misses rain
Changing like the weather
Maybe it’s true, maybe you’re not gonna change

I feel like you have two homes
Yet I feel you are homeless
Where we live I feel like a stranger
When you home I feel even stranger

I live in no man’s land
With no way home, like you don’t understand
‘Cause you so here, you so there, not really anywhere
She said…

Should’ve known better
Now I miss you like Sahara misses rain
Changing like the weather
Maybe it’s true, maybe you’re not gonna change

Feels like I’m always living out of my suitcase
What about all the years in between
Just trying to find my place

I live in no man’s land
With no way home, like you don’t understand
‘Cause you so here, you so there, not really anywhere
She said: shout Insha’Allah, shout Insha’Allah, shout Insha’Allah
She said: shout Insha’Allah, shout Insha’Allah, shout Insha’Allah

We could’ve written words on a mountain high
Reminding ourselves to keep climbing, right
Sometimes we have to lose
A part of us to find the truth

Nothing more beautiful than the way
You used to breathe me into your lungs and soul
Sometimes we have to say: “I’m sorry, I can’t stay”

Should’ve known better
Now I miss you like Sahara misses rain
Changing like the weather
Maybe it’s true, maybe it’s true

(Shout Insha’Allah, shout Insha’Allah, shout Insha’Allah)
Oh, should’ve known better
Now I miss you like Sahara misses rain
(Shout Insha’Allah, shout Insha’Allah, shout Insha’Allah)
Changing like the weather
Maybe it’s true, maybe we’re not gonna change

Should’ve known better
Should’ve known better

Flagthe real results

country year singer song pts position
Denmark 1957 Birthe Wilke & Gustav Winckler Skibet Skal Sejle I Nat 10 3
Denmark 1958 Raquel Rastenni Jeg Rev Et Blad Ud Af Min Dagbog 3 8
Denmark 1959 Birthe Wilke Uh-Jeg Ville Ønske Jeg Var Dig 12 5
Denmark 1960 Katy Bødtger Det Var En Yntig Tid 4 10
Denmark 1961 Dario Campeotto Angelique 12 5
Denmark 1962 Ellen Winther Vuggevise 2 10
Denmark 1963 Grethe & Jørgen Ingmann Dansevise 42 1
Denmark 1964 Bjørn Tidmand Sangen Om Dig 4 9
Denmark 1965 Birgit Bruel For Din Skyld 10 7
Denmark 1966 Ulla Pia Stop, Megens Legen Er Go 4 14
Denmark 1978 Mabel Boom-Boom 13 16
Denmark 1979 Tommy Seebach Disco Tango 76 6
Denmark 1980 Bamses Venner Tænker Altid På Dig 25 14
Denmark 1981 Debbie Cameron & Tommy Seebach Krøller Eller Ej 41 11
Denmark 1982 Brixx Video Video 5 17
Denmark 1983 Gry Johansen Kloden Drejer 16 17
Denmark 1984 Hot Eyes Det’ Lige Det 101 4
Denmark 1985 Hot Eyes Sku’ Du Spør Fra No’En 41 11
Denmark 1986 Trax Du Er Fuld Af Løgn 77 6
Denmark 1987 Anne Cathrine Herdorf & Bandjo En Lille Melodi 83 5
Denmark 1988 Hot Eyes Ka’ Du Se Hva’ Jeg Sa’ 92 3
Denmark 1989 Birthe Kjaer Vi Maler Byen Rød 111 3
Denmark 1990 Lonnie Devantier Hallo Hallo 64 8
Denmark 1991 Anders Frandsen Lige Der Hvor Hjertet Slår 8 19
Denmark 1992 Lotte Nilsson & Kenny Lübke Alt Det Som Ingen Ser 47 12
Denmark 1993 Tommy Seebach Band Under Stjernerne På Himlen 9 22
Denmark 1995 Aud Wilken Fra Mols Til Skagen 92 5
Denmark 1996 Martin Loft and Dorthe Andersen Kun med dig dq 24
Denmark 1997 Kølig Kaj Stemmen I Mit Liv 25 16
Denmark 1999 Trine Jepsen & Michael Teschl This Time I Mean It 71 8
Denmark 2000 Olsen Brothers Fly On The Wings Of Love 195 1
Denmark 2001 Rollo & King Never Ever Let You Go 177 2
Denmark 2002 Malene Tell Me Who You Are 7 24
Denmark 2004 Thomas Thordarson Shame On You 56 27
Denmark 2005 Jacob Sveistrup Talking To You 125 10
Denmark 2006 Sidsel Ben Semmane Twist Of Love 26 18
Denmark 2007 DQ Drama Queen 45 33
Denmark 2008 Simon Mathew All Night Long 60 15
Denmark 2009 Brinck Believe Again 74 13
Denmark 2010 Chanée & N’Evergreen In a moment like this 149 4
Denmark 2011 A Friend In London New tomorrow 134 5
Denmark 2012 Soluna Samay Should’ve known better 21 23

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