DR has revealed that Julie & Nina would have represented Denmark at Eurovision 2019 if the result had been entirely down to the public.
Julie & Nina received 46% of the public votes in the final round of Dansk Melodi Grand Prix last night, making them the public’s choice to represent Denmark at Eurovision 2019. DR has explained that there are no plans to make changes to show in coming years to change from 50% jury and 50% public. The Head of Entertainment explained:
There is nothing hidden in the fact that we have a jury and that their voices count half, while the people’s count the other half. There is also a jury in Eurovision, and it works really well there
The results in the final round were as follows:
- Leonora – Love Is Forever – 24% Jury, 18% Public – 42%
- Julie & Nina – League of Light – 12% Jury, 23% Public – 35%
- Sigmund – Say My Name – 14% Jury – 9% Public – 23%
Overall Leonara received 48% of the jury votes, compared to Julie & Nina who finished third with the juries. In contrast Julie & Nina received 46% of the public vote, while Leonara scored 36% of the public vote. In the end there was a 5% split in the overall reuslt.
Had Julie & Nina won Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2019, they would have taken “League of Light” to the Tel Aviv stage. It would have been the first time that Greenlandic had been performed on the Eurovision stage.
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.