Danemark 1997

Denmark was represented by rapper Kølig Kaj, with the song ‘ »Stemmen i mit liv« , at the 1997 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 3 May in Dublin. « Stemmen i mit liv » was chosen as the Danish entry at the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix on 1 March.

Final

The DMGP was held at the DR TV studios in Copenhagen, hosted by Hans Otto Bisgård. Ten songs took part with the winner being decided by televoting. « Stemmen i mit liv » emerged the winner by a relatively narrow margin over « Utopia » by Jette Torp and was regarded as something of a risky choice, as rap had only been tried once before at Eurovision (by the United Kingdom‘s Love City Groove in 1995), without a great deal of success.[1]

DMGP – 1 March 1997
Draw Artist Song Points Place
1 Lars Nielsen « Du er den eneste » 535 8
2 Gry Harrit « Mon du tænker en smule på mig » 185 10
3 Gorm Bull Sarning « Si’ mig li’ Mari' » 1642 3
4 Maria Abel « Hyldest til livet » 1275 5
5 Stay Tuned « Hvor går man hed med kærlighed » 452 9
6 Dennis Ademsen Jensen « Livet er en ubåd » 642 7
7 Kølig Kaj « Stemmen i mit liv«  5695 1
8 Jette Torp « Utopia » 5331 2
9 Hans Olsen « Et skyggespil » 916 6
10 Lei Moe « Vejen til paradis » 1432 4

At Eurovision

On the night of the final Kølig Kaj performed 21st in the running order, following Russia and preceding France. Both song and performance were the target of a great deal of mockery from contest commentators – the BBC‘s famously derisive Terry Wogan remarked « This is about an eejit who falls in love with Directory Enquiries » and later « I’d like to meet the man who introduced rap to Denmark, and give him a piece of my mind ». Although widely considered as a likely candidate for the infamous nul-points, at the close of voting « Stemmen i mit liv » had received 25 points, placing Denmark 16th of the 25 entries. The Danish jury awarded its 12 points to contest winners the United Kingdom.[2]

Voting

Points awarded to Denmark

Points Awarded to Denmark
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

Points awarded by Denmark

12 points  United Kingdom
10 points  Ireland
8 points  Estonia
7 points  Cyprus
6 points  Sweden
5 points  Poland
4 points  Italy
3 points  Malta
2 points  Spain
1 point  France

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