London votes: Denmark!

by Richard West-Soley 83 views

Danish representative DQ may have a month to go before finding out whether Europe appreciates the entry Drama Queen, but tonight in London, a heaving crowd of fans gave Denmark the thumbs up as the song was voted top of the annual mock preview show at regular ESC venue The Retro Bar.

Denmark won, while Switzerland's DJ Bobo and Vampires Are Alive was runner-up in the extremely well-attended event in the British capital, where Brits and non-Brits alike were presented with the twenty-eight semifinalists, and asked to judge each one on a country-by-country basis.

Several of this year's entries for May 10th went down very well with the crowd, with Cyprus, Belarus, Serbia and Malta amongst those to raise enthusiastic cheers. The crowd was in a generous mood, however, and most songs received a well-deserved cheer – much as is expected from the live Helsinki crowd on the big night.

The party lead-up to the contest continues in London next week with the Swedish Schlager Party taking place next Friday, 20th April at Loom. For more information, visit our events section from the menu at the top of the page or click here.

Next month's Douze Points event at the Retro Bar in London will take place a week earlier than usual, on the FIRST Thursday 3rd May. This is of course because the usual date – the second Thursday of every month falls on Eurovision Song Contest semi-final night.

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Richard West-Soley

Senior Editor

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