#35 – Denmark
“Ove os pa henanden“
Fyre & Flamme
Songwriters: Laurits Emanuel
The Kirkham Report welcomes you to my coverage of the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest! From April 3 to the end of May, I’ll be here with all the latest ESC news and info, and of course, through May 11, that means I’m also bringing you all the info on each song this year ranked in order of my personal preference from bottom to top. I’ll give the reasons for my personal rankings, and some background info on the song, artist, songwriters, and such. Again, these are MY opinions, and I realize that the ESC fan community is a rabid one, and rarely everyone agrees with everyone else, so as they say, your mileage may vary. It was announced March 2 that ESC will take place under Scenario B of the four possible scenarios announced several months ago, with an eye on the recent uptick in Coronavirus cases in the EU, and could be switched to Scenarios C or D if needed.
There are 39 countries participating this year, down from 41 in 2019 – Bulgaria and Ukraine will return to the contest after taking 2019 off, while Armenia, Montenegro, and Hungary have elected to sit out this time around, and Belarus was disqualified from this year’s contest because of rules violations on their song entry.
In at #35 this year is the official entry from Denmark, “Ove os pa henanden” by Fyre & Flamme. It is performed in Danish, and will be performed 17th at the second semifinal on May 20, making it the final performance of the semi-finals overall. The country has always selected their winners through their national contest final, Dansk Melodi Grand Prix. This is the first time since 1997 that the country’s entry will be performed in Danish rather than English, and the song’s title translates into the latter as “Practice On Each Other”.
Singers Jesper Groth and Laurits Emanuel launched Fyre and Flamme in 2019, and have specialized in doing Euro-style synthpop since their first recordings together in 2020; both have said that it was a childhood dream to get to compete in Dansk Melodi Grand Prix for the chance to represent their home country at the ESC.
What I’m thinking about this song…to be totally honest, I’m not a fan. While the lyrics, which in Danish speak of a couple on the dance floor for the first time and how they can ‘practice with each other’, are fun and quite original, on a whole the song doesn’t do it for me. The song is trying too hard to sound like authentic disco, but instead it comes off sounding like a pale imitation done years later. The vocals are very well done, and I like the sentiment behind the English-translated lyrics a lot; I think it’s kinda cute actually. But the arrangement and performance of the music just kills it for me. Maybe a rework of the music might make it climb higher up my list, I don’t know. And it doesn’t seem to have a large amount of support from the ESC fandom community either. I think Denmark is going to be a bust in 2021, unfortunately, as I usually at least like what they do. But not this year.
Denmark debuted as a competitor during year two in 1957, and has missed a few years here and there. They have three Grand Final championships under their belt – 1963’s “Dancevise” by Grethe and Jorgen Ingmann; 2000’s “Fly On The Wings Of Love” by Olsen Brothers; and 2013’s “Only Teardrops” by Emmelie de Forest. Their 37 year span (1963-2000) between winners is one of the longest gaps in the contest’s history. Their entry in 2019, the kitschy, fun, and adored “Love Is Forever” by Leonora, finished in a respectable 12th place. Their entry in the cancelled 2020 contest, the sometimes-maligned but distinctly earwormy “YES” by Ben & Tan, looked like a solid top 20 finisher as well.
Here’s the official music video for “Ove os pa hinanden” – check it out…
And if you missed it, here’s the video from the cancelled 2020 contest, “Yes” from Ben & Tan – and dig that crazy outfit of Tan’s as well…half nightgown, half prom dress…love it!
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