Leonora has won Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2019 and will represent Denmark in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv with the song “Love is Forever”. Leonora’s song is the first Danish entry since 1997 to feature lyrics in Danish.
Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2019 took place this evening in Herning. This was the fifth time that Dansk Melodi Grand Prix was held in Herning, which has proved a successful venue for producing strong results for Denmark at the Eurovision Song Contest. In 2001, Rollo & King went on to finish 2nd at Eurovision, while 2013 winner Emmelie de Forest won Dansk Melodi Grand Prix when Herning hosted Dansk Melodi Grand Prix.
The hosts for the evening were Johannes Nymark, who represented Denmark as part of Lighthouse X in 2016 and Kristian Gintberg.
The voting took place over two rounds. In the first round, 50% jury voting and 50% public voting chose three acts to move on to the super final. Viewers in Greenland were also able to vote due Julie & Nina being from Greenland. The results of the first round were (qualifiers in bold):
- Simone Emilie – Anywhere
- Jasmin Gabay – Kiss Like This
- Rasmus Faartoft – Hold My Breath
- Marie Isabell – Dancing with You in My Heart
- Sigmund – Say My Name – Qualified
- Humørekspressen – Dronning af baren
- Julie & Nina – League of Light – Qualified
- Teit Samsø – Step It Up
- Leonora – Love Is Forever – Qualified
- Leeloo – That Vibe
In the second round, 50% jury voting and 50% public voting decided the winner. The results of the second round were:
- Sigmund – Say My Name – 23% – 3rd
- Julie & Nina – League of Light – 35% – 2nd
- Leonora – Love Is Forever -42% – 1st
Leonora will perform in the first half of the second semi-final on May 16.
Denmark in the Eurovision Song Contest
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.