This year the Denmark held its national final “Dansk Melodi Grand Prix” in Herning, Jutland. It has been handled as one of the ESC locations in 2014, but at the end the choice felt to Copenhagen. Out of eight entries, the Danes decided that the Danish-Swedish punk-rock band REDDI should go to Turin.
With 37% of the votes, the four girls Mathilde "Siggy" Savery (vocals, guitar), Agnes Roslund (guitar), Ida Bergkvist (bass) and Ihan Haydar (drums) have the chance to represent Denmark in the ESC 2022.
The group has been collected together especially for this occasion by the producer Lars Pedersen and Ihan, she has been the drummer already in the Danish entry 2012 “Should've Known Better” by Soluna Samay (23rd place, Baku).
These highly motivated girls are also committed to women’s rights, on Eurovision.tv they said: ‘With our song, we want to tell the world that you should not let the outside world stop you from doing what you dream of. We want to show the world that women can do everything on their own. We all wondered why there were so few female bands in Denmark, so now we show that it can easily be done’.
The song “The Show” starts slowly with the piano, but changes to a rocky and melodic tune. Closely listening to the song, you can hear a bit “Only Teardrops” in the chorus.
The lyrics should motivate and tell that you should not listen to others, go your own way:
You can‘t stop me And I will never let it go I will keep up with the show I‘m not sorry This is all me
A great melody with optimism and positive association is needed in those crazy times we are facing now. This song will bring everybody to a good mood.
Finals: 44 (12 since 2004)
Top 10: 26
The very first Danish entry in 1957 was called “Skibet Skal Sejle I Nat”and sung by Birthe Wilke and Gustav Winckler and achieved a fantastic 3rd place immediately. So this year it’s going to be the 50th anniversary for Denmark taking part in t in the Eurovision Song Contest. Congratulations!
Denmark has won the ESC three times in history, the first time in 1963 with “Dansevise” by Grethe and Jørgen Ingmann. This is still an evergreen in Denmark. The Olsen Brothers could bring another glory to the small and cosy kingdom with “Fly On The Wings Of Love” in the year 2000 and at last Emmelie de Forest 13 years later with “Only Teardrops”.
There has been a big gap in the participation from 1966 to 1978. Denmark has paused due to a lack of public interest, luckily these days are gone and the great enthusiasm has returned to the Danish homes! In all that years, Denmark could reach the Grand Final for 44 times.
In former years when it was only allowed to sing in the native languages, so this might have been seen as a disadvantage for Danish entries – and also entries of other English speaking countries of course. That's why the Danes were so eager to compensate the language disadvantage with good and happy compositions. So the typical so called “Scandinavian Happy Song” was born.
The "Happy Scandinavian Song" has been dominating in the 80's and 90's, which has also been used in Norway, Sweden and other countries. Nowadays almost all Danish entries are being sung in English and the style has changed, there were very contemporary songs. The statistics say that the chance to reach a Top10 position for Denmark is at 52%, so not too bad. It has often been said that the Danes give all their points to the other Nordic countries and vice versa. But this is a quite natural phenomenon, as the music taste is similar and singers are well known in the neighbour countries, like in the Balkan region, the ex-Soviet countries and in the Mediterranean.
When Copenhagen had the honour to host the ESC 2014 a new standard of stage design has shown the latest technology in a former ship building factory that was truly incredible. This was the far most outraging stage which has even been seen at Eurovision so far. Last year the duo Fyr Og Flamme, who has sung their song in Danish “Øve Os På Hinanden” could not convince neither the juries nor the televoters.