>ESC 2009: The Danish Review

>The Danish Songs for MGP 2009 are up now. (You can listen to them on ESCToday).

I’ve always had a soft spot for Denmark, which generally conjures up happy, poppy memories particularly of their 1980s heyday.

Appropriately, the first entry Sindssyg by Johnny Deluxe sounds like an A-ha revival. The second song I’ll Never Fall in Love Again is performed by Trine Jepsen who previously represented Denmark in 1999 along with sex-on-legs Michael Teschl. (Michael was confident, Trine sounded big, but looked like she wanted off that stage pronto.) This time (no pun intended) she is flying solo and sounding like she’s been raiding La Ryan‘s back catalogue by way of Hero (Catwoman’s entry last year). Musically, it’s very strong, but lyrically it’s a repetitive mess.

The very creatively named Sukkerchok brings us Det’ det, which reminds me a bit of an electroclash version of Det lige det. Given that Denmark is a major producer of modern dance music, it is surprising that it has taken them this long to get more than one entry in. So far, this is the leader for me. The down side, if this wins and it gets translated to English, I reckon it will not do well. Alas, even in Denmark there are ballads, and this year the very formindably named Marie Carmen Koppel sings the gospel/jazz Crying Out Your Name. It’s a grand effort, and it sounds like Marie knows what she’s singing, but not a frontrunner for me. I could see it winning MGP and doing well in Moscow though.

Next up is Jimmy Jorgensen doing the Britpop-influenced Alice in the Wonderland (note the article), which like the story goes here, there, and everywhere without making much of a point. Yes, Jimmy, I guess the drugs were good. Jumping back to 1980s nostalgia is Jeppe Breum Larsen with Lucky Boy, which sounds like a less-cringe inducing version of S.A.G.A.P.O. I would truly love to see if he could top Rakintzis in terms of visuals.

Hera Bjork (yes, we are definitely in the Nordics, and she is Icelandic) sings Someday which sounds like somebody remixed a Faith Hill B-side. It’s not bad, and I could see it winning the whole lot, but it’s extremely sickly sweet in respect to lyrics. Somewhat less MOR is Claus Christensen’s Big Bang Baby (which is in Danish +), an electropop song that is a bit cute, and has little chance of winning it, in my opinion.

Christina Undhjem (does her last name mean “(something) home?”) brings another ballad this year with Underneath My Skin, which pales in comparison Marie Carmen Koppel’s effort. The lyrics make it sound like Christina is just a big whinger with no purpose. Closing the lot out is Brinck who implores us to Believe Again which would not look out of place on a Nickelback, David Cook, or Keith Urban set list. It’s not dire, but it is b.l.a.n.d.

My early prediction: Trine or Hera for the win, with Marie Carmen as a dark horse, although I will be very pleasantly surprised to see Sukkerchok get the lot.

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8 comments

  1. Anonymous · January 21, 2009

    >that esctoday.com webpage takes *forever* to load, and so do the songs. denmark is going to have to select it’s candidate without my having listened to everyone beforehand (not that anyone was waiting on my opinion anyway).

  2. Anonymous · January 21, 2009

    >that esctoday.com webpage takes *forever* to load, and so do the songs. denmark is going to have to select it’s candidate without my having listened to everyone beforehand (not that anyone was waiting on my opinion anyway).

  3. Hikaru · January 22, 2009

    >Well, at this corner of the internet we’re interested. So the top 3 choices are now linked via YouTube.

  4. Hikaru · January 22, 2009

    >Well, at this corner of the internet we’re interested. So the top 3 choices are now linked via YouTube.

  5. Anonymous · January 22, 2009

    >well, for the good of the people of denmark, here are my thoughts…for me, the number 1 pick (by far) is hera bjork.perhaps it’s unfair of me, but i have a hard time accepting a dance track for a song competition — no matter how much i like dance music. for something like eurovision, i believe vocals should be front and center.unfortunately, the tempo and musical styling of dance tracks tend to overwhelm the vocals — which is entirely acceptable if the point is for the listener to be on a dancefloor shaking the old money maker. but to me, that’s just not what song competitions are about.as a result, i’m not very keen on the sukkerchok or trine jepsen entries (though, between these two, i like trine jepsen much more).finally, in my opinion, ballads are just… well, barf. it takes a supreme singer and an excellent song to pull off a ballad without coming across as cloying. so, i don’t even have to listen to christina undhjem to be deeply skeptical of her entry.

  6. Anonymous · January 22, 2009

    >well, for the good of the people of denmark, here are my thoughts…for me, the number 1 pick (by far) is hera bjork.perhaps it’s unfair of me, but i have a hard time accepting a dance track for a song competition — no matter how much i like dance music. for something like eurovision, i believe vocals should be front and center.unfortunately, the tempo and musical styling of dance tracks tend to overwhelm the vocals — which is entirely acceptable if the point is for the listener to be on a dancefloor shaking the old money maker. but to me, that’s just not what song competitions are about.as a result, i’m not very keen on the sukkerchok or trine jepsen entries (though, between these two, i like trine jepsen much more).finally, in my opinion, ballads are just… well, barf. it takes a supreme singer and an excellent song to pull off a ballad without coming across as cloying. so, i don’t even have to listen to christina undhjem to be deeply skeptical of her entry.

  7. Runar · January 22, 2009

    >Agree with most, but again Denmark seems to lack that originality which seems to be needed nowadays.But as usual it’s good singers all round which seems to be the most important to danish voters as I can’t think of a year where they didn’t send a very decent vocalist.And also good to see they still take things half-seriously and not camp all out although a bit old fashioned like I said. Good luck to them though.

  8. Runar · January 22, 2009

    >Agree with most, but again Denmark seems to lack that originality which seems to be needed nowadays.But as usual it’s good singers all round which seems to be the most important to danish voters as I can’t think of a year where they didn’t send a very decent vocalist.And also good to see they still take things half-seriously and not camp all out although a bit old fashioned like I said. Good luck to them though.

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