So while James is covering MelFest and the Slovenian EMA, I shall guide you through the Danish national final and the fact that Denmark will send Basim and “Cliché Love Song” to…itself! So what was the show like, and what are the songs chances at Eurovision as the home country prepares to defend the title? Keep reading to find out!
As Denmark is the host country this year, they had to make sure that the song they sent to the Contest was decent, catchy and memorable..well, they’ve managed to get a catchy song, but with the other two points – well, that’s subject to opinion. If you haven’t heard Basim’s song yet (which is highly likely, due to the amount of MelFest posts you’re likely to have seen dominate your Facebook page), here it is..and it really is a “Cliché Love Song”:
Okay, I have to be blatantly honest in this review..the song..well, I think it’s fair to say that Denmark could have done better in the song that they’ve selected. The song, although trying to be a decent pop song, just ends up sounding a lot like Bruno Mars’ ‘Treasure‘ (especially in the chorus).
I’m trying to think of good things that I can say about the song and to be honest, I can’t really say that much about it that’s positive. One thing’s for sure – it’s catchy. If people are a fan of retro disco music, they’ll be in heaven, for sure! Plus the staging of the song was pretty good too, although it’s going to be a completely different stage in Copenhagen, so it might get better or get a lot worse. For that performance, it was a good show to! But other than those, I can’t really find anything else that’s really noticeable about it! Good luck to him though..he’s a good singer too!
Dansk Melodi Grand Prix was probably the second most watched show of the three possible selections, behind the main show of MelFest. Due to certain circumstances I had to attend to last night, I couldn’t properly see DMGP. However, thanks to a very quick scan through of the show and some points from James, I can give you a good review of the show..hallelujah!
- The show started off with a really cute opening, detailing Emmelie’s journey from winning Dansk Melodi Grand Prix to winning Eurovision, leading onto a performance of ‘Only Teardrops’ – in which SHE SANG LIVE!! Wow, who knew!?
- Bryan Rice’s stage performance was a cross between Ani Lorak and Josh Dubovie.. as in there were backing singers in boxes, and he got up on the top of the boxes too. Rather fab..even if the people inside were temporarily unable to escape!
- Danni Elmo and his song were really mismatched during the performance. He did that awkward “dance song performed with a rock band in the background” thing.. serious ‘no baby, no’ moment!
- It was nice to hear the Danish language being sung – “Vi Finder Hjem”. But what’s so awesome about the performance was that she had a
giant Fox’s mintChristina Metaxa box on stage. Except it was glittery, much wow. She even had some rather epic slow motion robot dancers, was a really good stage performance..even if it didn’t ENTIRELY make sense!
- GlamboyP looked like the irrelevant elf out of Lord of the Rings, you know that one who lives with Galadriel? The one who does absolutely NOTHING? Yeah. Kinda mirrors how pointless GlamboyP was tonight really.
- Anna David’s outfit was like a bejewelled nappy. Hideous. She was the swan dress of the contest..although in this case, the swan dress was a bad thing.
- It seems that Danes aren’t that good at making TV shows and this was made pretty evident early on in the show. There were loads of irrelevant sketches and things which dragged on for AGES, and kind of detracted from the songs themselves.
- Emmelie came out again and sang Rainmaker as the interval act, as per usual.. but seriously, WHAT HAS SHE DONE TO HER EYEBROWS!?! To be honest, they looked like a pair of rats had sat on her forehead. Also, it was amusing to see the varying levels of enthusiasm from the participants who came out to sing the “way-oh-way-oh-way-ah”s. You could tell some of them REALLY didn’t want to be there doing that! Will be amusing to see if something similar happens at Eurovision!
- DR had a little celebration of past Danish entrants, which was really nice to see. We got to see the fabulous Birthe Kjaer and Hot Eyes again..thank god she didn’t have her kid with her on stage, like she did back in 1985!
- Speaking of children, they also had children in the interval act.. What is it with all these countries putting kids in their NFs? Estonia did it, Malta did it, Sweden did it, now Denmark too. CHILD LABOUR INFRINGEMENTS!!
This finally led us onto the revealing of the three acts who would go through to the ‘super-final’. No surprise, here; it was Basim, Rebekkah and Michael Rune ft.
Ashley Tisdale Natasha Bessez (Omg, she looked exactly like Ashley Tisdale!! Can anyone see a resemblance?) who made it to the superfinal. After they performed again, the jury had their turn to give out their points, in which Basim completely walked it, leaving Michael and Natasha in last place, and Rebekka not too far in front. Then, when the public vote came in, it became apparent that Basim had won, as both Rebekkah and Michael/Natasha tied for second place. Congratulations Basim!
Because Denmark is the host country, it’s automatically in the Final on the 10th of May. Judging from the other four songs already picked for Eurovision from the Big 6, many people would consider this to be the weakest of them (of course, Germany could change that, but for the moment, that’s how it is). If Denmark was in the semi-finals, I would be a bit concerned if they would qualify for the final, because although it’s a catchy song, it’s a little forgettable and if it’s put in a position where it’s following a huge fan favourite like ‘La Mia Città’, it might be a little bit of a letdown. To be honest, I think this might be a whole 2002 situation – where Denmark THINK they’ve got it spot on, but when it comes to pass, it’ll do really badly, ending up near the bottom of the leaderboard. Of course, this may be entirely different, but for the moment, this is how I think it’ll turn out. Good luck to Denmark though! You better put on a heck of a Song Contest!
Alain Muriel from the United Kingdom: I see a Craig David sound-alike has won in Denmark. I’m not too keen on all the shabbili dabbili doo dah bits in it though.
Metter Stenersen from Norway: Ugh, no thanks, Denmark! Don’t like it, and that scupperupperrupp nonsense…sounds a bit like Scatman!
Jan Wehner from Germany: I am very happy with the winning song though my favourite was Bryan Rice…
Svana Lístí Agnarsdóttir from Iceland: What has Denmark done?! Too much like Bruno Mars..and I hate Bruno Mars too!! They’re definitely not getting any points from me this year!
As you can see, a good few of the fans aren’t too keen on Denmark’s song this year – a fact that mirrors our opinion. Of course, this may change over the course of two months, but who knows? Maybe it’ll be another addition to the fanwank club of 2014? Maybe not, we’ll have to see..so what do you think? Should Basim have won or should another competitor have won instead? Plus, what did you make of the show? Feel free to let us know what you think by commenting below!