Denmark’s first Eurovision entry in 1957 was the song “Skibet Skal Sejle I Nat”, which was performed by Birthe Wilke and Gustav Winckler. The song achieved an impressive 3rd place in the contest, marking Denmark’s debut in the competition. This year’s participation will be Denmark’s 51st entry in the Eurovision Song Contest.
Denmark has won the Eurovision Song Contest three times in its history. The first time was in 1963 with the song “Dansevise” performed by Grethe and Jørgen Ingmann. The song is still considered an evergreen in Denmark. The Olsen Brothers brought another victory to the small kingdom with their song “Fly On The Wings Of Love” in 2000, and 13 years later Emmelie de Forest won with her song “Only Teardrops”.
There has been a break from Eurovision participation between 1966 and 1978 due to a lack of public interest. However, the country’s enthusiasm for the contest has since returned and Denmark has participated many times. Overall, Denmark has reached the Eurovision Grand Final 44 times. Denmark has a relatively good track record in the Eurovision Song Contest, with a 52% chance of reaching a Top 10 position.
The Eurovision Song Contest rules only allowed participating countries to perform in their official national language in the past. This may have been seen as a disadvantage for countries like Denmark, who have a relatively small language-speaking population, compared to countries like the UK, where English is the primary language.
To compensate for this disadvantage, Danish songwriters and performers may have focused on creating upbeat, catchy and memorable songs with universal themes and catchy hooks, in order to appeal to a wider audience.
However, it is important to note that Denmark is not the only country to have adopted this approach. Many countries in particular Sweden and Norway have created similarly catchy and upbeat songs, regardless of their language or language limitations. Ultimately, success in the contest depends on a combination of factors, including the quality of the song, the performance, the staging, and the overall appeal to the audience. So the typical so called “Scandinavian Happy Song” was born.
However, in recent years, the style and language of Danish entries in the Eurovision Song Contest have changed. Nowadays, many Danish songs are performed in English, which has become a common language for many Eurovision entries. Additionally, the musical style of Danish entries has become more contemporary and diverse, with a focus on a wide range of genres including pop, rock, and electronic music, among others.
Regarding the idea that Denmark and other Nordic countries tend to give each other high scores, this is a common phenomenon in the Eurovision Song Contest. The contest is known for its so-called “voting blocs,” where neighbouring countries, as well as those with cultural and linguistic ties, tend to give each other higher scores. However, it is worth noting that this is not always the case, and many entries from non-neighbouring countries have also achieved success in the contest, like in the Balkan region, the ex-Soviet countries and in the Mediterranean.
When Copenhagen hosted the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014, they showcased a stunning stage design that was considered one of the most impressive in the history of the contest.
Since then, other host cities have followed suit with equally impressive stage designs, but the 2014 stage remains a highlight in the history of the contest.
Last year the girl group Reddi, could not make it into the Grand Final of Turin.
1st place, Olsen Brothers with “Fly On The Wings Of Love” (Stockholm 2000)
2nd place, Rollo & King with “Never Ever Let You Go” (Copenhagen 2001)
3rd place, Birthe Kjær with “Vi Maler Byen Rød” (Lausanne 1989)
- Debut: 1957
- Participations: 50
- Victories: 3
- Finals: 41 (12 since 2004)
- Chances to reach the final: 88% (67% since 2004)
- Top 10: 26 (6 since 2004)
- Chances to reach the Top 10: 52% (33% since 2004)
- Last place: 1
Mabel with “Boom Boom”, Rank 16 (Paris 1978)
Gry Johansen with “Kloden Drejer”, Rank 17 (Munich 1983)
Lotte Nilsson & Kenny Lübcke with “Ålt Det Som Ingen Ser”, Rank 12 (Malmö 1992)