The Danish delegation are to have an additional technical rehearsal following complaints regarding the way in which their entry has been staged in Lisbon, Portugal.
The Head of Entertainment at DR has protested against the way in which their song “Higher Ground” has been staged so far at this years contest. Jan Lagermand Lundme stated that Denmark is having issues of either not enough snow, or not enough wind. The delegation had already stated on Tuesday that this needed to be changed, but the changes did not take place at the rehearsals earlier this afternoon.
The Head of Entertainment stated;
We spoke in capital letters to them and had the impression that they understood. But what we saw today was not satisfactory. In fact, it was more messy than the other day.
The producers who stand behind the scene on the stage understand 100 percent what we want, but it’s as if those who are actually going to do the job do not.
The organisers have as a result agreed to allow the nation to have an additional technical rehearsal. Rasmussen will not allowed to perform on stage and the test will only be used to test out the snow effects. The snow that DR is asking to us is heavier than what has been provided so far.
If there is a special effect that does not work, try it an extra time. It is a special effect that we have ordered and paid for, so it is reasonable that we demand that it be working.
In the event that the additional rehearsal does not lead to an improvement in the performance, then Denmark will change their staging. The song will lose the snow, however DR are adamant that the issue can be solved.
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.