Hello and welcome back to The Blogging DJ. Today I will be continuing to look in-depth at each of the forty-one songs competing in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. In this post, we are heading over to Copenhagen to dissect the Danish entry, Leonora and “Love is Forever”. Will Tel Aviv be feeling the love for Denmark?
As is tradition, the Danish broadcaster DR selected their representative through the national final Dansk Melodi Grand Prix. The ten entries were announced on the 31st of January. In the final, Leonora won the jury vote and came second in the televote in the top three superfinal, thus winning the ticket to Tel Aviv. It has also been announced that she will perform in the first half of semi-final two.
The Blogging DJ’s Review
A very sweet song by all accounts. The first minute is lovely, Leonora preaching to the viewers to not forget love and get too political (very topical considering the controversy in National Finals this year). I also like what they have done with the staging in Dansk Melodi, which I am sure they will replicate for Tel Aviv. Where this song falls short is the lack of development in the music; the song repeats itself on a loop (though I enjoy the additional languages). Sometimes sweet can get a bit sickly for me and I am craving something extra musically. But feelgood songs like this is what Eurovision is all about. 7.5
Live Performance Video
According to Oddschecker, you can currently get odds ranging from 33/1 to 66/1 on Denmark winning this year’s contest. This means that betters and bookmakers see this song as reaching the Grand Final relatively easily, but it is unlikely to challenge for the win on Saturday night.
Record at Eurovision
Denmark have competed in the Eurovision Song Contest forty-seven times since making their debut in 1957, performing in the Grand Final on all but four of those occasions. They have won the contest three times, firstly in 1963 with Grethe & Jørgen Ingmann’s entry “Dansevise”. They then became the first winner in the 21st century when The Olsen Brothers claimed victory with “Fly on the Wings of Love. Emmelie de Forest made it three with the folky “Only Teardrops”. Last year, Rasmussen finished ninth, Denmark’s best result since 2014 with his entry “Higher Ground”.
So what do you make of the Danish entry for Eurovision 2019. Are you feeling the love? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below, and stay tuned for more Eurovision preview posts in the coming weeks!