Eurovision 2017 previews countdown: #8 DENMARK – Anja Nissen – “Where I Am”

Our penultimate Nordic country are three-times winners Denmark. The won as recently as 2013 but their year of hosting, 2014, marks Denmark’s last appearance in the grand final. Two boy bands in a row failed to even get close to qualifying and Denmark seems to have learned its lesson, with solo female singer Anja Nissen triumphing (after coming second in the Danish national final last year). Can she bring Denmark back to the final and their 

Anja is Danish-Australian and grew up there in New South Wales. She won a series of Australia’s The Voice and having taken part in the Danish Eurovision national final last year, she is no stranger to song contests and big stages. She’s got a pair of lungs there is no doubt, but I am not a fan of this song – to me it’s just another shouty woman ballad and I am surprised by how popular this has been with the fandom.

If this does qualify, and I think the signs are there that it probably will (although it is in the more unpredictable semi-final 2), then she’ll be assured to get some public votes from Australia (though not in the semis as Australia are in semi 1). The song is co-written by Anja and clearly means a lot to her, but I’ll be brutally honest and say I would prefer another song to go through to the final rather than this  (plus would be one less ballad for UK to compete with!)

Mum’s reaction: “Not really, argh, noise!”

Official music video:

Live at London Eurovision Preview Party:

Denmark at the Eurovision Song Contest:Denmark Eurovision flag

First entered: 1957

Appearances (excluding this year): 45

Best result: Winner 1963, 2000, 2013

Last year’s result: 17th in semi-final (did not qualify)

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