DENMARK – Danish national broadcaster kicks off the national selection for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. Through an online platform at the DR official website, those interested to participate, can submit their bids by September 26th. DR will once again collaborate with Mads Enggaard in the arrangement ad selection of the ten finalists.
Mr. Jan Lagermand Lundme (DR’s Enterntainment Director) says: “We are looking for high quality quality songs, as you remember. When we come to Eurovision, there are about 40 songs in total, so if we have a chance to do well, we have to come up with something of high quality and something that stands out so that viewers can remember us.”
Denmark has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 48 times since its debut in 1957. Having competed in ten consecutive contests until 1966, Denmark was absent for eleven consecutive contests from 1967 to 1977. Since 1978, they have been absent from only four contests. Denmark has won the contest three times. The Danish qualifying competition for the contest is the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix.
Denmark finished third on its debut in 1957 with Birthe Wilke and Gustav Winckler, before winning the contest for the first time in 1963 with the song “Dansevise” performed by Grethe & Jørgen Ingmann. The country returned to the top three 25 years later, with third-place finishes for Hot Eyes in 1988 and Birthe Kjær in 1989, while Denmark’s only top five result of the 1990s was Aud Wilken’s fifth place in 1995.
Denmark won the contest for the second time in 2000 with the Olsen Brothers and the song “Fly on the Wings of Love”. Denmark then finished second as hosts in 2001 with “Never Ever Let You Go” performed by Rollo & King, before Malene Mortensen became the first Danish entry to finish last in 2002. Denmark won the contest for the third time in 2013, with Only Teardrops performed by Emmelie de Forest. Denmark has placed in the top five 14 times.