The next artist featured in our “Who Is” series for the Eurovision 2018 season is Rasmussen from Denmark.
In February, it was decided that Rasmussen would represent Denmark at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest after he won Dansk Melodi Grand Prix. Let’s get to know a bit more about him.
Jonas Flodager Rasmussen was born in Viborg, Denmark, and studied dramaturgy and music at Aarhus University. Rasmussen is currently the lead singer of Hair Metal Heröes, an 80s cover band which performs covers by artists such as ABBA and Elton John. Working as a stage actor, he took part in numerous musicals such as Les Misérables, West Side Story, and Rent. Outside of his music career, he works as a teacher at the School of Performing Arts at Viborg Cultural School, and Aarhus Theatre Learning.
Rasmussen will represent Denmark at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal this May. Rasmussen was selected after winning Dansk Melodi Grand Prix with his song “Higher Ground”.
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 failed to qualify for the final of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2015 and 2016.