»It is my fault,« said a sad and depressed Malene over and over in the Green Room before she went back to the hotel and skipped out on the after party. Malene wanted to work on the poor result in peace and quiet with her family.
»Malene is very, very sad. She keeps blaming herself for the poor result«, Morten Carlsson, Head of the Danish delegation says.
»No, it's not, I tell her. She and everybody else have done what they were supposed to do. Denmark chose the song. Malene has matured extremely during this whole mission«, he adds.
Everybody thought that the voting was going to be a dramatic battle about the first place. Instead, Denmark received four points from the Israeli televote, and then three times one point. A grand total of seven points – and thus Denmark finished last. This means that Denmark is out for the 2003 contest – because of the worst Danish result ever.
The expectations for Malene were big since the first internet polls, and later the bookmakers joined forces. However, none of the polls' top favourites ended in the top – something which does not make Melene feel better.
But what happened?
»My guess is that the Latvian song had that special thing which gave Estonia victory last year. Atmosphere, choreography and party mood«, said Danish DR manager Jørgen Ramskov right after the shocking results.
The Belgians and Swedish came to Malene several times after the voting and said, »please, don't take it personally.«
»Right now we take things calmly. But we were really feeling down there in the Green Room«, says Lei Moe, one of the Danish backing singers.
Jørgen Ramskov has another theory.
»It seems like Malene never made contact with the audience. The audience weren't with her«, he finishes.