It’s the turn of Denmark to select their song for the Eurovision Song Contest this year. The Danes are doing the right thing and getting their house in order early on in proceedings. An organised bunch, clearly.
Here’s a quick rundown of what the Danes have to choose from this evening. A respectably strong selection of songs sung by a convincing looking selection of performers. Closer analysis howevers shows there are three contenders for the Danish crown this year.
At the risk of teaching granny to suck eggs, listen to the songs by clicking on the links.
Take Our Heart – Pleasant enough and if the running order for the Danish show is as listed here, it will make for a nice start to the programme. The song definitely has that all important ‘my isn’t life just utterly brilliant’ thing good euphoric Eurovision songs have going on, but it’s going to get tired. Good for montages but for not for 3 minutes of live performance, personally speaking.
Best Thing I Got – Typically perky pop fronted by a girl who sheds her Macy Gray imitation during a soaring retro chorus. Undeniable feelgood song driven by an unequivocal snare drum prominent in the studio recording, a vital requirement for any song if it’s to come off well in a big Eurovision venue. We might want to collectively keep an eye on this one.
Reach for the Sky – Lovely. Just lovely. Well done everyone. Lets forget everyone else and have the final battle between this and …
Overflow – Shameless disco reminiscence with a smattering of Madonna thrown in for good measure. A strong Eurovision contender for sure. I’d be more than happy to listen to this regardless of whether it even wins a place in the Baku running order.
Baby Love Me – A slow, reflective, pensive and at times sweet song which fails to deliver anything other than a fairly dull and unconvincing chorus. The resulting offering has the potential to be irritating after repeat listens. If this gets through, this will be the point in the contest when I either get up to get another beer or nip off to the press centre lavatory *
Forever I B Young – Not the most ingratiating of openings, it has to be said. And while there is a moment of respite in the bridge to the chorus, the remainder of the song leaves me with one overriding thought: I don’t want to hear this again. Nice try though. Within itself it sounds plausible. I just find it annoying.
Universe – The opening credits for a yet-to-be commissioned TV drama about an angst-ridden teenage emo in search of love and anti-dandruff shampoo. Not bad. Not the one I’m rating in this motley line of Danish hopefuls however. No one should feel embarrassed. It just doesn’t quite tick the box.
Should Have Known Better – Pretty damn good, but a song I fear will appear rather uneventful and therefore forgettable in a long running order of competing songs. Not striking enough but a lovely effort nonetheless.
Venter – Pleasant enough but a little two-dimensional (or if you’re being particularly mean – I’m trying not to be – one dimensional). All very guitar strumming and foot stomping. But don’t go for this Denmark because you’ll get forgotten about and some of us lovely people in the UK would really like you to do well. In fact, we just want everyone to do well. No really, we do. We’re lovely over here, regardless of what you might have heard.
And if you’re wondering who I’m backing, it’s Overflow. Because I’m a queen.
Voting in the Danish final is a mixture of jury and telephone votes, with additional international jury votes from Azerbaijan, Germany and Norway contributing to a 10% share of the final scores.
* Depending on whether or not I actually go to Baku this year.