Danemark 1959

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Denmark was represented by Birthe Wilke, with the song ‘ »Uh, jeg ville ønske jeg var dig« , at the 1959 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 11 March in Cannes, France. « Uh, jeg ville ønske jeg var dig » was chosen as the Danish entry at the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix on 12 February. Wilke had previously come third for Denmark in the 1957 contest in a duet with Gustav Winckler, who was one of her competitors in the 1959 DMGP.

Final

The DMGP was held at Radiohuset in Frederiksberg, hosted by Sejr Volmer-Sørensen. Two male and two female singers took part, each performing one solo song and one duet. The winning song was chosen by a 4-member jury, and only the top three songs were announced.[1]

DMGP – 12 February 1959
Draw Artist Song Place
1 Grete Klitgaard & Gustav Winckler « Alt hvad der er værd at få »
2 Grete Klitgaard « Det første lille kys »
3 Gustav Winckler « En gang bli’r det vår »
4 Preben Uglebjerg « Jer er på vej til dig » 2
5 Birthe Wilke & Preben Uglebjerg « Latinersangen (Peblinge cha-cha-cha) » 3
6 Birthe Wilke « Uh, jeg ville ønske jeg var dig«  1

At Eurovision

On the night of the final Wilke performed second in the running order, following France and preceding Italy. Like most of the other songs in the contest it was somewhat old-fashioned in style with no hint of contemporary chart music, but Wilke gave an energetic and engaging performance. At the close of voting « Uh, jeg ville ønske jeg var dig » had received 12 points, placing Denmark 5th of the 11 entries. The Danish jury awarded its highest mark of 4 to France.[2]

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