DR will not withdraw from Eurovision as the contest is about “bringing Europe together”, as call for boycott grows.
After calls from 140 artists from across the globe including Denmark, for a boycott of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019, DR has responded. The Head of Entertainment at DR has spoken out against the boycott and outlined why DR will still be taking to the stage next year in Israel.
Jan Lagermand Lundme stated that DR is not withdrawing from the competition;
Denmark is involved because Eurovision is all about anything but creating discord. Eurovision is about bringing Europe together, and therefore we are in. It does not matter which host country it may be, they are hosts.
Mr Lunde underlined that the Eurovision Song Contest is not a political tool. Both the national broadcasters of Denmark and Germany have now issued statements against boycotting the 2019 contest in Israel.
Denmark is currently searching for their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. Songs that have been submitted to DR by September 26 will be eligible for the 2019 edition. Songs must not exceed three minutes and must not have been publicly performed or released without DR’s permission.
At least one member of the team behind a song (be it an artist, songwriter or producer), must have a “strong connection with Denmark” e.g. Danish citizenship, residency in Denmark or marriage to a Danish person. Citizens of the Faroe Islands and Greenland may also participate. In case of any doubt, DR will ultimately decide who may participate.
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.