The Head of Entertainment at the Danish national broadcaster has spoken out about Eurovision 2017 becoming a “political battleground”.
Jan Lagermand Lundme the Head of Entertainment at DR, the Danish national broadcaster has spoken out about the current situation at the Eurovision Song Contest. In an interview with the Danish national broadcaster he stated with regards to the contest being turned into a “political battleground” that:
It is practically unbearable. I know that the EBU takes it very seriously, they should take no shit . The justification for that Denmark in the Eurovision Song Contest is of course that we have a place where we can meet across borders and differences,
Mr Lundme in addition has concerns regarding the production of this years contest:
It is clear that I am concerned on behalf of the Danish TV viewers. We must demand to get some decent TV shows
He added that:
I know how much it takes, and I hear that there is a long way to go. There will certainly be a show, but we do not know how it is. It suggests that things are a bit out of control. I hope I am wrong, and the beauty of the Eurovision is of course that it is different from country to country.
The Head of Entertainment is satisfied with European Broadcasting Union’s ability to overcome the problems that the contest has faced. He adds that Denmark will remain in the Eurovision Song Contest for now despite the conflict regarding Russia’s singer, stating that he feels that it is for now a one off occurrence.
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Denmark debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1957 alongside Austria and the United Kingdom. To date Denmark has won the contest on three occasions, the first being in 1963 when Grethe & Jorgen Ingmann performed “Dansevise”. Denmark won the contest again in 2000 represented by the Olsen Brothers, their most recent victory came in 2013 when Emmelie de Forest performed “Only Teardrops”. Denmark has failed to qualify for the final of the Eurovision Song Contest for the past two years.