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Denmark: It’s about learning how to look beyond yourself – Leonora

For Leonora “it’s all about learning how to look beyond yourself”, find out more about this years Danish entrant in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.

Eurovoix this week has had the chance to speak with Leonora regarding her participation in Eurovision 2019. We asked her about her travels across Europe, working with Lise Cabble and much more.

Eurovision is growing ever closer how are you feeling?

“Very very excited. I just went to a lot of pre-parties and preparing for Tel Aviv, and just went to Israel to film the postcard. It’s gonna be amazing! This weekend we are going to Madrid, and Moscow next Tuesday. So, I’m just very excited to be a part of Eurovision and representing Denmark.”

You’ve been travelling across Europe promoting, how has the experience been?

“It’s been overwhelming! But I’ve received so much wonderful support, both from friends, family and the entire team I have behind me – as well as from fans all over Europe. So it’s been great, and it only makes me more excited about participating in Eurovision.”

You will be performing “Love is Forever”, how did you come to work with Lise Cabble?

Well, my ESC journey started when I broadcast a video from my school, where I was singing one of my own songs, and then Lise Cabble, who is the songwriter on ”Only Teardrops” with Emmelie de Forest, called me – and wanted me to sing ”Love is Forever”. And of course – it’s an amazing song. It’s about the universal quality of love. It’s about learning how to look beyond yourself and how to appreciate the differences between all of us. To me, it’s the perfect song for Eurovision, and I can’t imagine a better venue for spreading this message to the rest of the world.

You will be the first artist singing in Danish at Eurovision since 1997, how does that feel?

Well, I’m a huge fan of my fellow Danes Grethe og Jørgen Ingmann who won in 1963 with “Dansevise”, so it makes me very honoured to sing a line or two in Danish, and I think there’s been a lot of people who supports this multilingual song, so it’s fantastic.

What are you most looking forward to about Tel Aviv?

Just be a part of the big show and stage. We are almost doing the same artful performance that supports the message of the song, and I like it a lot! We will be bringing the giant chair to Tel Aviv, and it perfectly visualizes what I want to communicate through the song: That we have to elevate ourselves above all the useless quarrels and conflicts of everyday life – and instead focus on how love is a universal thing that connects us all. To me, the chair helps convey very powerful imagery.
And of course: To meet all of my fans. Thanks a lot for all your support. It’s so amazing!

Finally, do you have a message for your fans?

Thanks for all the support – and thanks for listening to my song. I hope to see you all in Tel Aviv, and if you see me there, please come over and say hi. Lastly, I’d encourage everyone to always be kind to one another – love is forever!

A big thank you to Leonora and the Danish delegation for making this interview possible. Leonora will compete in the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 on May 16.

Who is Leonora?

20-year-old Leonora will be representing Denmark at the Eurovision Song Contest. Leonora is a person with many talents, she is a triple Danish Championship title holder in figure skating, and she has participated in both the Junior World Championship and Nordic Championship.

Outside the world of sport, she decided at the age of 15 to focus on music instead, playing guitar and writing her own songs. She was then approached by Lise Cabble to perform “Love is Forever” and won the Danish selection.

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.

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