Denmark in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017

Eurovision Song Contest 2017
Country  Denmark
National selection
Selection process Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2017
Selection date(s) 25 February 2017
Selected entrant Anja Nissen
Selected song « Where I Am« 
Selected songwriter(s) Anja Nissen
Angel Tupai
Michael D’Arcy
Finals performance
Semi-final result Qualified (10th, 101 points)
Final result 20th, 77 points
Denmark in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄2016 2017

Denmark participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. The country was represented by the song « Where I Am« , performed by Anja Nissen and co-written by Australian songwriters Angel Tupai and Michael D’Arcy. The Danish broadcaster DR selected the entry through the national final Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2017.

Background

Prior to the 2017 contest, Denmark had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest forty-five times since their first entry in 1957.[1] Denmark had won the contest, to this point, on three occasions: in 1963 with the song « Dansevise » performed by Grethe and Jørgen Ingmann, in 2000 with the song « Fly on the Wings of Love » performed by Olsen Brothers, and in 2013 with the song « Only Teardrops » performed by Emmelie de Forest. In the 2016 contest, « Soldiers of Love » performed by Lighthouse X failed to qualify Denmark to the final, making it the second consecutive year that Denmark missed out on qualification.

The Danish national broadcaster, DR, broadcasts the event within Denmark and organises the selection process for the nation’s entry. DR confirmed their intentions to participate at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest on 6 June 2016.[2] Denmark has selected all of their Eurovision entries thus far through the national final Dansk Melodi Grand Prix.

Before Eurovision

Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2017

Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2017 was the 47th edition of Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, the music competition that selects Denmark’s entries for the Eurovision Song Contest. The event was held on 25 February 2017 at the Jyske Bank Boxen in Herning, hosted by Annette Heick and Johannes Nymark.[3]

Format

Ten songs competed in the final, where the winner was determined over two rounds of voting. In the first round, the top 3 songs based on the combination of votes from a public vote and a five-member jury panel qualified to the super-final. In the super-final, the winner was determined as well by the combination of votes from the public and the jury panel. The jury panel consisted of five Danish Eurovision fans: Mogens Dalsgaard Myklebust, Mette Thorning Svendsen, Peter Hansen, Morten Kaiser, and Søren Toft.[4][5]

Competing entries

DR opened a submission period between 6 June 2016 and 5 September 2016 for artists and composers to submit their entries.[6] The entertainment director for DR, Jan Lagermand Lundme, stated that the competition would seek out « good songs with a strong chorus, which have the potential to be a hit—and that can get us in the final of Eurovision. »[6] Five of the competing entries were selected by a committee of industry professionals, members of OGAE and a representative sample of television viewers. The remaining five entries were selected by music producers Cutfather and Jonas Schrøder.[6][7] The broadcaster received a record breaking 1,115 entries during the submission period; the previous record was set in 2016 when the broadcaster received 982 entries.[8] The competing artists and songs were announced in a press conference held by DR on 19 January 2017.[9]

Artist Song (English translation) Composer(s)
Anja Nissen « Where I Am«  Anja Nissen, Angel Tupai, Michael D’Arcy
Anthony « Smoke In My Eyes » Kim Nowak-Zorde, Kasper Larsen, Hans Petersen, Ollie Marland, Phil Plested
Calling Mercury « Big Little Lies » Thomas Sardorf, Rune Braager, Martin Luke Brown
Ida Una « One » Peter Bjørnskov, Lene Dissing
Jeanette Bonde « Hurricane » Jeanette Bonde, Alexander Grandjean, Jeppe Pilgaard Ulrichsen, Nermin Harambasic
Johanna Beijbom « A.S.A.P. » Peter Wallevik, Daniel Heløy Davidsen, Patrick Devine, Dimitri Stassos, Freja Jonsson Blomberg, Christian Fast
René Machon « Warriors » Astrid Cordes, Alexander Grandjean, Hans Petersen, Lars Andersen
Rikke Skytte « Color My World » Mads Løkkegaard, Joël Pagiël MacDonald, Mohamed Alitou, Laura Kloos
Sada Vidoo « Northern Lights » Christoffer Lauridsen, Andreas Öhrn, Alessandra Günthardt
Thomas Ring « Vesterbro » Thomas Ring

Final

The final took place on 25 February 2017. In the first round of voting the top three advanced to a super-final based on the votes of a five-member jury (50%) and a public vote (50%). The three superfinalists were « One » performed by Ida Una, « Where I Am » performed by Anja Nissen and « A.S.A.P. » performed by Johanna Beijbom. In the super-final, the winner, « Where I Am » performed by Anja Nissen, was selected by the public and jury vote.

In addition to the performances of the competing entries, Danish Eurovision Song Contest 2000 winners Olsen Brothers performed as the interval act.[10]

Final – 25 February 2017
Draw Artist Song Result
1 Ida Una « One » Superfinalist
2 Thomas Ring « Vesterbro » Eliminated
3 Rikke Skytte « Color My World » Eliminated
4 Anja Nissen « Where I Am«  Superfinalist
5 Calling Mercury « Big Little Lies » Eliminated
6 Anthony « Smoke In My Eyes » Eliminated
7 René Machon « Warriors » Eliminated
8 Sada Vidoo « Northern Lights » Eliminated
9 Jeanette Bonde « Hurricane » Eliminated
10 Johanna Beijbom « A.S.A.P. » Superfinalist
Superfinal – 25 February 2017
Draw Artist Song Percent Place
1 Ida Una « One » 26% 2
2 Anja Nissen « Where I Am«  64% 1
3 Johanna Beijbom « A.S.A.P. » 10% 3

Promotion

Anja Nissen made several appearances across Europe to specifically promote « Where I Am » as the Danish Eurovision entry. On 2 April, she performed during the London Eurovision Party, which was held at the Café de Paris venue in London, United Kingdom and hosted by Nicki French. Between 3 and 6 April, Nissen took part in promotional activities in Tel Aviv, Israel where she performed during the Israel Calling event held at the Ha’teatron venue.[11][12] On 8 April, Anja Nissen performed during the Eurovision in Concert event which was held at the Melkweg venue in Amsterdam, Netherlands and hosted by Cornald Maas and Selma Björnsdóttir.[13]

At Eurovision

According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the « Big 5 » (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) split up the competing countries into six different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot.[14] On 31 January 2017, a special allocation draw was held which placed each country into one of the two semi-finals, as well as which half of the show they would perform in. Denmark was placed into the second semi-final, to be held on 11 May 2017, and was scheduled to perform in the first half of the show.[15]

Once all the competing songs for the 2017 contest had been released, the running order for the semi-finals was decided by the shows’ producers rather than through another draw, so that similar songs were not placed next to each other. Originally, Denmark was set to perform in position 9, following the entry from Hungary and before the entry from Ireland.[16] However, following Russia’s withdrawal from the contest on 13 April and subsequent removal from the running order of the second semi-final, Denmark’s performing position shifted to 8.[17]

Semi-final

Anja Nissen took part in technical rehearsals on 2 April and 6 May, followed by dress rehearsals on 10 and 11 May.[18] This included the jury show on 10 May where the professional juries of each country watched and voted on the competing entries.[19]

At the end of the show, Denmark was announced as having finished in the top 10 and subsequently qualifying for the grand final.[20]

Final

Shortly after the second semi-final, a winners’ press conference was held for the ten qualifying countries. As part of this press conference, the qualifying artists took part in a draw to determine which half of the grand final they would subsequently participate in. This draw was done in the reverse order the countries appeared in the semi-final running order. Denmark was drawn to compete in the first half. Following this draw, the shows’ producers decided upon the running order of the final, as they had done for the semi-finals. Denmark was subsequently placed to perform in position 10, following the entry from Italy and before the entry from Portugal.[21]

Voting

Points awarded to Denmark

Points awarded by Denmark

Split voting results

References

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