Introducing the 2009 entries: Denmark

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All entries in the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest are known, but the actual contest is still two months away. As a warm-up, we introduce one of the entries every day in random order. Part four is dedicated to the entry from Denmark.

Basic information

Performer:Brinck (Niels Brinck Kristensen)
Song:Believe again
Language:English
Music: Lars Halvor Jensen, Ronan Keating, Martin Michael Larsson
Lyrics:Lars Halvor Jensen, Ronan Keating, Martin Michael Larsson
Draw:9th in the second semi final

The song

Believe again is aclassic mid-tempo pop ballad with some rock elementsin the style of Ronan Keating, who co-wrote this song. He is no stranger to the Eurovision Song Contest as he has already co-hosted the contest in Dublin in 1997. The lyrics tell a story abouthow hard it is to go back to normal after a tough breakup and the desire to believe in love again:

I picked up the pieces
And put them back were they belong
But something is missing
Though I look the same
I'm not as strong
But I'm gonna learn to trust again

And I, I wanna believe again
I wanna believe in something bigger
Than the two of us

The singer

Brinck's first successes in the music business came as a songwriter. He wrote the theme of the successful drama series Anna Pihl, which debuted in 2006. He also wrote the song The one, which was the first single released by The X Factor winner Martin Hoberg Hedegaard.

In 2008, Brinck released his first album. It would peak at number three in the Danish charts. The singles In the end I started (a duet with Maria Marcus) and I don't wanna love her reached number 36 and number 18 respectively.

He won the Danish national final this year with the song Believe again. The song became a hit and would be the first Danish entry in the Eurovision Song Contest to peak at number one of the charts since Rollo & King's Der står et billed' af dig på mit bord did so in 2001.

The national selection

The Danish broadcaster decided not to hold semi finals this year and returned to the classic national final with ten songs competing. There were no less than three rounds of voting: In the first round, the top four were chosen by a jury and SMS voting. Those four songs competed in pairs and the favourite of each pair made it to the superfinal, where the eventual winner was chosen by SMS voting.

Denmark in the Eurovision Song Contest

Denmark entered the Eurovision Song Contest in 1957, which was the second edition of the show. After a successful debut (third place in Denmark) and the first Scandinavian victory in 1963, the country took a break from the contest in 1967 and would not return before 1978. In the 1980s, Denmark produced a rather high number of successful songs but it would take until 2000 that the Olsen Brothers brought the contest to Denmark again. The last top ten finish in a final to date came in 2005.

Vi ønsker Danmark og Brinck held og lykke og et godt resultat i Moskva!

Videos

The live performance in the national final:

The preview video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aALBm4qxEOM&ap=%2526fmt%3D18&rel=0

Brinck with I don't wanna love her:

The theme song of Anna Pihl:

Other parts of this series

  1. France
  2. Portugal
  3. Romania

Tomorrow, we will take a look at the Dutch entry.

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