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Now that the National Final season is over, we can officially say that it’s time for the chosen artists to promote and try their hardest to showcase their entry and make their country proud. During the National Final season many fans had different opinions about the song that should of been chosen. Fan favorites sometimes triumphs the Juries perspective of which entry should be in Copenhagen and vice versa. With this said everyone has their own opinion, likes and dislikes but we are going to review three scandinavian gems which shone during their national finals but ultimately placed as the first runner up of the competition.

Norway: Linnea Dale - High Hopes

The last time norway won the Eurovision was back in 2009. In 2013 they made a huge stamp in the contest by placing in the top 5 but now Norway is buzzing being one of the big contenders to get the contest to Oslo. Silent Storm sung by Carl Espen won the nation’s trust but it was a huge challenge since Linnea Dale was another favourite to win MGP 2014. Carl’s entry is a great one but I prefer if Linnea was chosen. What can we say about her entry …. well! It’s so modern that  it would have shone in Copenhagen. One might say High Hopes resembles I feed You My Love because it is considered to be the same genre. 

Although she actually does nothing on stage except some hand movements, the song overpowers that fact and captures you in the moment. Dark sounds, vocally near perfect and simple staging …. elements that would do very well with the European audience. I am sure that this will be one of the summer hits over the Scandinavian region. On the night she dressed nothing to flashy. Linnea just showed off her vocal ability and her presence was enough to be one of the four super-finalists of the night. At the end Carl won the golden ticket but it wasn’t a landslide like last year’s winning national song. We still have yet to see Carl’s entry on the big stage and anything could actually happen but I would have predicted a close win or a top 3 with Linnea.   


Sweden: Ace Wilder - Busy Doin’ Nothin

Well what can I say about Ace. She stormed into Melodifestivalen like there was no tomorrow and made a huge impact. During the month of November/December, when the names were announced for the 2014 edition of Melodifestivalen, the odds on Ace were pretty much horrible. This was understandable since the entry wasn’t out for the public and nobody exactly knew much about Ace since she is kinda new to the solo music scene. Once the snippets were published, odds were still not favourable, but once she hit that stage everything changed. Calm and relaxed she performed her entry like she didn’t even care if she qualified or not but made the audience warm and crazy for her. 

After making it through the final directly, she straight away because a hot favourite to take the crown and fly off to Copenhagen. But she had a very tough opponent, Sanna Nielsen, seven time participant and was another hot favourite to win. During the final Ace won her toughest challenge, getting the juries on her side. Yes, the juries chose a funky and modern song but ultimately Sanna won the nation’s heart and triumphed over Ace with a very close margin of 12 points. Don’t get me wrong, Sanna’s entry is just pure brilliance and in-fact she is one of the big contenders to win in Denmark but I also believe that if Ace was chosen she too will have a top 3 result on her hands.  


Denmark: Michael Rune feat. Natascha Bessez - Wanna Be Loved

Denmark is the host city of this year’s edition of the Eurovision Song Contest and obviously expectations are high especially when watching the quality of their National Final this year. Unlike other years, their national final was quite weak and you could have handpicked the entries which would of done great to represent their country on ground soil this year. The Danish have chosen Basim with his entry Cliche Love Song to be their ambassador after fan favorite Wanna Be Loved lost in the final hurdle. The entry from Michael Rune feat. Natascha Bessez was a bit similar to Europe’s smash hit Mr. Saxobeat but their live performance had that Umph that would have done great on the Copenhagen Stage especially in the Euroclub. 

True that she dressed a bit similar to Cascada but Natascha oozed brilliance and the segments with the saxaphone were pure genius in this upbeat anthem one might say. Vocally it was strong, their presence was absolutely brilliant and although we still have no idea how this year’s contest will shape and due to the mediocre quality, I would say that this entry would have made it in the top 10 to say the least. At least one can head over to iTunes, purchase this tune and listen to it over and over during the summer months.


Published in Editorials

In 2014, Denmark is set to host the Eurovision Song Contest, following the astonishing victory of Emmelie de Forest and her entry Only Teardrops. Thus, the focus of the public broadcaster; Danmarks Radio seems to be concentrated on that event in particular but nevertheless, the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix has officially garnered speed following a press conference which took place earlier today, where snippets of each of the ten (10) competing entries were presented.

Danmarks Radio, the public broadcaster has already made it clear that despite the fact that they will be hosting the event, they are anticipating success on home turf, something which could be achieved with the level of songs presented. Apart from success for the lead vocalist of the winning track, the songwriters will be awarded a total of €13,400 for their efforts. This will be done during the press conference following the national final, which in turn is set to take place on the 8th March at Arena Fyn in Odense. You may listen to the snippets of the competing entries on the Official YouTube Page of Dansk Melodi Grand Prix. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for the latest news.

Source: eurovision.tv / DR


Wednesday, 29 January 2014 03:29

Denmark: Ten (10) Lucky Acts Put forward by DR

In 2014, Danmarks Radio, on behalf of Denmark is set to host the Eurovision Song Contest, having achieved a resounding victory with Only Teardrops sung by Emmelie de Forest in 2013. Prior to the international event, the Scandinavian country will undergo a test run and organise a national final known as the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, which is set to feature ten (10) acts, six (6) of which were selected by an internal panel of judges from eight hundred seventy-two (872) submissions and another four (4) which were invited by the broadcaster as wildcards.

Quality over quantity seems to be the approach in Denmark, one that has proven successful in recent years seeing the nation manage top ten (10) results on three of the past four years including in 2010, 2011 and 2013 with In a Moment Like This, New Tomorrow and Only Teardrops, respectively. There are at least two recognisable names in the selection; those including none other than Danni Elmo and Bryan Rice, who have both been part of the showcase before. The latter was a runner-up back in 2010 with the song Breathing, a hit track in Denmark, peaking at number #3 in the charts and part of a studio album entitled Another Piece of Me.

Your Lies – Rebekka Thornbech (Attlerud / Euren / Arn)

It Hurts – Anna David (David / Lindorrf / Nowak-Zorde / Huffleman / Harwood / Keynes)

Right By Your Side – GlamboyP (Kallenberge / Berlin / Andreson)

She’s the One – Danni Elmo (Engelina / Brown / Vestergaard / Linnet)

Wanna be Loved – Michael Rune ft Natasha Bessez (Jensen / Larsson / Madden / Obika)

I Choose U – Bryan Rice (Jensen / Jorgensen / Crooks)

Cliché Love Song – Basim (Lindorff / Nowak-Zorde / Falt / Basim)

Vi Finder Hjem – Emilie Moldov (Engelina / Brodersen / Larsen / Basim)

Before You Forget Me – Nadia Malm (Nadia Malm)

Feeling the You – SONNY (SONNY / Schjoldan / Lumpkins)

The city of Odense will be playing host to this years’ edition of the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix at the Arena Fyn on the 8th March 2014. The choice of date makes Denmark one of the final nations to present or rather select their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 which will take place at the B&W-Hallerne Arena in Copenhagen on the 6th, 8th and 10th May. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest developments with regards to the upcoming edition of the international competition along with news from the participating countries.

Source: DR, eurovision.tv