LIVE: DENMARK DECIDES 2014
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – Welcome to Odense, the host city of Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2014. The city has been preparing for the event in weeks and DR has made a great job in Arena Fyn making the stage ready for the show. This is it. We are going to find the song that will represent the host country in Copenhagen. The show starts with Emmelie de Forest arriving to Arena Fyn by car and opens Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2014 with her winning song from last year ”Only Teardrops” in a new version with fire and drums.
The hosts Jacob Riising and Louise Wolff welcomes the viewers and the audience to the show and Jacob makes a joke as he changes from his suit to a latex-dress, like the three female hosts did last year in their entrance, but he changes back to the suit again later. And now the songs are going to be presented.
Bryan Rice – I Choose U
Last time Bryan Rice participated in Dansk Melodi Grand Prix he came in second, but now it is time for gold, he says. His song is about “the one and only” and he delivers it with a great performance and a good vocal. The song is pure pop and Bryan calls it a powerful and positive love song. Bryan is performing on a huge structure on the stage which he walks on and in during his performance. His voice is great live as he is used to perform and he was from the start a favorite to win tonight, but the competition is tough.
Rebekka Thornbech – Your Lies
This is one of the “dark horses” to win. “Your Lies” is a pop song with its feet planted in country and folk music. Rebekka always performs with her two sisters as back-up singers – also to Dansk Melodi Grand Prix. The three sisters stand next to each other and the girls looks great together on stage. The scene has warm colors and leaves are falling down during the song.
Here comes a clip of host Jacob Riising finding out how the Danish winners of Eurovision came hits all around the country, a so-called “country plague”. First up is 1963 winner “Dansevise” by Grethe and Jørgen Ingmann.
The next part of Jacob Riising’s journey around the Danish winners is about 2000 winner “Fly on the Wings of Love” by the Olsen Brothers.
SONNY – Feeling the You
SONNY got a wildcard to participate in Dansk Melodi Grand Prix. He lives in L.A. but wanted to participate in his homeland with his own song. He calls his song “Feeling the You” a mix of pop, funk and soul. He is wearing a write turtleneck sweater and waisted black pants. His performance is very energetic and he sings quite good. The song is inspired by Michael Jackson for sure and according to the bookmakers he doesn’t have a big chance of winning tonight, but many Danes know him for his dancing and singing together with his sister Gigi as Brother&Sister some years ago.
Danni Elmo – She’s the One
Danni Elmo has participated in Dansk Melodi Grand Prix twice before, in 2006 with “2 In 1” and in 2007 with “Meaning of Life”. This year he participates with “She’s the One” and it is a pop song with a club style with rock. She’s the One is about faith and when you are in the middle of chaos and you know you found the right one, but at the wrong time. He delivers a good performance wearing a white t-shirt and jeans and he has a good voice as well. But his chances of winning are not big according to bookmakers.
Emilie Moldow – Vi finder hjem
The only song in Danish in this year’s competition. A good voice from the 16 year old girl. The song is about love and “finding home” and back to where we came from. It’s quite slow, but not a ballad. Songs in Danish don’t usually do so well in Denmark, but since this is the only one, it can be an advantage. But still it misses something special that makes it stand out, so you remember the song. She stands on a podium in a tight blue transparent dress with dancers around her during her performance.
Glamboy P – Right By Your Side
Glamboy P or Patrick is a singer, dancer and choreographer. His song is about having a friend by your side. It’s a good classic pop song and fits the Eurovision perfectly. It has a good and strong chorus that is easy to sing to. His performance on stage is very “spacy” and he has a large number of manekins on stage with him that he dances around. The Danes can be a bit “afraid” of this performance and might think it is too much. After the dress rehearsal last night the bookmakers did not give him a chance of winning tonight.
Nadia Malm – Before You Forget Me
This song is written by Nadia alone and this is her first song as a songwriter. Starts very slowly as a ballad but after first chorus the song builds up and gets more tempo and sounds like a club hit as she has made before with Sventrup&Vendelboe. This song can do very well. She is well-known to many young people in Denmark and the song is catchy and the slow start and faster middle can be good for Nadia. She has a good vocal and looks great in a tight black dress. This song will be a radio and club hit after tonight.
Basim – Cliché Love Song
This song has more tempo from the start. Basim has a surprisingly good voice during this song which he has co-written. He was a participant in the first edition of The X Factor Denmark and he got known for his not so impressive singing skills, but he is much better now. This song will start a party in the arena and is easy to sing-a-long to. He has many dancers with him and they deliver a great performance. After the dress rehearsal last night journalists and fans agree that this might win tonight and with Basim being known in many Danish homes already makes him a hot favorite tonight.
The last part of “the country plague” is about last years winning song “Only Teardrops” by Emmelie de Forest where Jacob Riising finds out how it became such a huge hit.
Anna David – It Hurts
Anna David is well-known in Denmark as a singer. She became famous with her hit single “Fuck dig” (Fuck You) in 2005 and since then she has made hits after hits. Tonight she is performing the song “It Hurts” and she has been co-writing the song as well. She has a write dress on that is very tight and the wind machine is on her during her song. By her side she has two dancers looking like ghosts. Her song is about a relationship that has ended but still is hard to forget. She gives a good performance with a “dark” song and could surprise tonight.
Michael Rune feat. Natascha Bessez – Wanna Be Loved
When the 30 seconds sneak peak was released “Wanna Be Loved” became a YouTube hit and got many good comments. Michael Rune and Natascha Bessez are also one of the favorites to win tonight, if the Danes don’t mind sending an American to Eurovision. The song is catchy and the saxophone sound makes people dance and sing. Natascha is wearing a dress like a bathing suit and the wind machine gives the dress some volume. They could win tonight and together with Basim they are the favorites for the victory.
Now a recap of all the songs tonight is shown. While the Danes vote for their favorite songs Emmelie de Forest once again enters the stage. She sings her new single “Rainmaker” which is also the official #JoinUs song for Eurovision in May. During her performance all the participants enters the stage to sing-a-long with Emmelie.
Basim – Cliche Love Song
Michael Rune ft. Natascha Bessez – Wanna Be Loved
Rebekka Thornbech – Your Lies
During the voting in the Superfinale there is a performance of Rollo og King (Denmark 2001) with ”Der står et billede af dig på mit bord” (Never Ever Let You Go), Birthe Kjær (Denmark 1989) sings ”Vi maler byen rød” (We are painting the city red) and Kirsten og Søren (Denmark 1984, 1985, 1988) sings ”Ka’ du se hva’ jeg sa’” (Do You See What I Said). In the results, the jury gives 30 points in total and the televoting gives 30 points as well. The song with the most votes wins.