Manu Sareen, the Minister for Gender Equality in Demark has described Basim as an inspiration to young immigrants living in Demark after he won the right to represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest 2014.
Basim, who is of Morroccan origin, won Denmark’s Melodi Grand Prix after beating off competition from the likes of Rebekka Thornbech and Michael Rune with much being made of his background in the Danish press
However, Manu Sareen has told the Danish national broadcaster, DR, that his win represents a step in the right direction for the country:
With Basim’s win it shows that we are able to look beyond our own colour, and instead look at the content – that is the good song. It’s very positive.
There has been a lack of role models for young immigrants and their descendants. It is important to have someone to look up to, similar to yourself.
Basim will represent Denmark at the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 on home soil, in Copenhagen, with his entry Cliché Love Song. As the representative of the host country, he automatically qualifies for a place in the grand final on 10 May. You can view his song below.