Sidsel's turn to twist

by Richard West-Soley 166 views

Breakdancing makes a comeback in the performance of this year's Danish Eurovision Song Contest entry, with a very clever Johnny twisting his stuff during the instrumental break.

At first, Sidsel shares the stage with her four female dancers and backing singers, who perform a twist-inspired choreography not unlike the presentation in the Danish Melodi grand prix. During the instrumental break, 'Johnny' appears complete with a guitar which he quickly loses, before launching into a gravity-defying sequence of jumps and spins.

Sidsel is in fine voice, and sings on a set in bright crimson and gold. After the set, she declared "we're all doing a really great job!" and the whole delegation agreed that they are pleased with how things are going.

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For Sidsel, the Eurovision Song Contest is something of a career experiment. At just 17 years of age, the young college student is still unsure of what the future will hold, and is trying out the options before settling on a final path. "If you want to have a fun life, you have to do things" said Sidsel. Unfortunately she doesn't have concrete memories of the contest to fall back on as she and her family are usually away skiing when the show is broadcast!

Sidsel talked about the origins of her surname, which she inherits from the Algerian heritage of her mother. Last Summer she had the opportunity to visit her mother's family for the first time, and is immensely proud of her North African roots. Her mother is here in Athens to support her daughter, and will be cheering Sidsel on in the final on Saturday.

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Richard West-Soley

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Richard's ESC history began way back in 1992, when he discovered the contest could fuel his passion for music and languages. Since then, it's been there at every corner for him in some way or another. He joined the team back in 2006, and quickly developed a love for writing about the contest. In his other life, he heads the development team at the learning resources company Linguascope, and writes about all aspects of language learning on the site