Our first trip to Scandinavia in this year’s countdown and it’s three-times winners Denmark. They performed above expectations last year with their Viking themed song (which I enjoyed) that scored very well with televoters, though not juries. Could that be the case again this year?
Leonora won the national final (the 49th Danish national final), triumphing in the super final (though my favourite was runner up). She used to be a figure skater, though no longer competes. Typically for a Danish entry, it’s a very bubbly, upbeat song, sounding a bit like a clean version of Lily Allen’s mid-noughties singles. She pops in some French, German and even Danish, and she’s very sweet, but it does all come across a bit too sugary and cloying.
Now I have some lovely Danish friends, who are also Eurovision fans, and love Denmark, but I struggle to warm to this song – it’s still in this section of the countdown where I am more likely to press “Skip” when it comes up on my Eurovision 2019 Spotify playlist. Looking at its chances, I think it’s one of a number of songs that will be scrambling for the last couple of qualifying places in its semi-final. My instinct says it won’t, but it’s the sort of song that could pick up more votes from televote than you might expect.
National final performance:
My preview video:
Denmark in the Eurovision Song Contest
First entered: 1957
Appearances (excluding this year): 47
Best result: Winner 1963, 2000, 2013
Last year’s result: 9th