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.
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||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|
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.
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|
(Note: Entries scored out are when Denmark did not compete)
(Note: All information are in order of appearance