Chief 1 has confirmed that he and Thomas Buttenschøn would perform their Dansk Melodi Grand Prix entry, “Højt over skyerne”, in English at Eurovision.
Dansk Melodi Grand Prix contestants Chief 1 & Thomas Buttenschøn will perform their song “Højt over skyerne” (High Above the Clouds) in Danish at the national final, however Chief 1 has confirmed that they will translate the song to English if they win the right to represent Denmark at Eurovision. When discussing the decision, Chief 1 has said that there was never any doubt that they would perform in Danish at DMGP:
We have made the song in Danish because we express ourselves best in Danish. We are both Danish artists, so it would be strange to start doing something in English
However, he went on to say that despite a temptation to keep the song in Danish for Eurovision, they would translate the song to English for the benefit of the international audience. A spokesperson from DR also commented on the issue, stating:
For Eurovision, we have to compete with all the other countries we are up against, and we want to win there. That’s why we’re in it. That is why DR is taking part in the discussion of how we optimize our chances of winning
…But in the end, there are a lot of factors that need to go up. It is also about being true to the song that was written in its time, so there are all sorts of parameters that go into that equation.
The 8 participating acts at this year’s DMGP are:
- The Cosmic Twins – “Silver Bullets”
- Hanna Olivia – “Hvileløse hjerter” (Restless Hearts)
- Jean Michel – “Beautiful”
- Fyr Og Flamme – “Øve os på hinanden” (Practice On Each Other)
- Chief1 & Thomas Buttenschøn – “Højt over skyerne” (High Above the Clouds)
- Claudia Campagnol – “Abracadabra”
- Mike Tramp – “Everything Is Alright”
- Emma Nicoline – “Står lige her” (Standing Right Here)
The final of DMGP will be held on Saturday 6 March, with the winner representing Denmark in the 2nd half of the 2nd semi-final on 20 May.
Source: bt.dk | Image source: YouTube
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.