Introducing 2011: Denmark

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All songs for the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 have been selected. During the weeks between the national final season and the actual Eurovision Song Contest, we will introduce all 43 entries in random order. We are half way through and part twenty-three of the series is dedicated to the Danish entry.

Basic information

Performers: A Friend in London
Song: New tomorrow
Language: English
Music: Lise Cabble, Jakob Schack Glæsner
Lyrics: Lise Cabble, Jakob Schack Glæsner
Draw:

18th in the second semi final

The song

New tomorow is a mid-tempo pop song. The lyrics tell the listeners to get up and use their powers to create a better world:

You're out of style – of time
You're back in the line
A race to nowhere

Come on boys come on girls
In this crazy crazy world
You’re the diamonds you’re the pearls
Let's make a new tomorrow

The performers

The members of A Friend in London founded their band in 2005, when they were still performing as Tim Schou, which is the name of the lead singer. Over the following years, they were mainly a live act performing at a number of festivals in Denmark. In 2008, they won Bodog Million Dollar Battle of the Bands. This victory helped them become popular in Canada, where they later went on tour. Their debut album is expected to be released in 2011.

In 2011, A Friend in London competed in the Danish national final for the Eurovision Song Contest. With New tomorrow, they could win ahead of Anna Noa with Sleepless. Afterwards, the single peaked at number two of the Danish charts making it the band's first hit.

The songwriters

New tomorrow was written by Lise Cabble and Jakob Schack Glæsner. Lise Cabble is no stranger to the Eurovision Song Contest, as she had also written the 1995 entry along with Mette Mathiesen. Performed by Aud Wilken, Fra Mols til Skagen finished fifth in Dublin. In recent years, she has been a frequent contributor to the Danish national finals as she hasn't missed a single Dansk Melodi Grand Prix since 2007. Jakob Schack Glæsner is the bassist of band Johnny Deluxe that took part in the 2009 Danish national final.

The national selection

Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2011 was a one-evening show again. Ten acts competed. In the first round of voting the top four were selected and those four acts then competed in duels with the two winners fighting for victory in the last round.

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) 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 two top ten finishes in a final to date came in 2005 and 2010.

Statistics

This will be Denmark's 40th participation in the Eurovision Song Contest. Only for the seventh time the country is not represented by a duo or solo performer. The last classic band consisting of a lead singer and instrumentalists to represent Denmark was the Tommy Seebach Band in 1993. Denmark also remains one of the countries to have all of their entries performed entirely in English since the abolishment of the language rule in 1999.

New tomorrow is the 18th and hence second last song to be performed in the second semi final. It is preceeded by the mid-tempo pop song from Latvia and it is followed by the up-tempo dance pop song from Ireland. Since the introduction of the semi final stage in 2004, eight of the ten songs that were performed second last in the semi finals qualified for the finals – among them was the Danish entry in 2005. It is therefore one of the positions in the draw with the highest success rate.


Vi ønsker Danmark og A Friend in London held og lykke og et godt resultat i Düsseldorf!


Videos

National final performance/preview video:

Now you're here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzvV8DmgKOI

The light – another song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1N2Ee24ECTk

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

Previous parts of the series:

  1. Estonia
  2. Italy
  3. Croatia
  4. Slovakia
  5. Lithuania
  6. Finland
  7. Switzerland
  8. Ukraine
  9. Norway
  10. Moldova
  11. Belgium
  12. Azerbaijan
  13. Ireland
  14. Portugal
  15. Austria
  16. Latvia
  17. France
  18. Bosnia & Herzegovina
  19. Romania
  20. Sweden
  21. Bulgaria
  22. Armenia

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