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Denmark: Anja Nissen – Where I Am

This year's Dansk Melodi Grand Prix delivered a nail biting result with market leader, Ida, being convincingly beaten by last year's runner up, Anja Nissen. Anja will perform Where I Am in the first half of semi-final 2 in May. Denmark are back in the game. Well sort of. Where I Am a is classy, well produced song that gives both the juries and televoters a reason to support it. Anja's glowing stage presence lifts this safe, middle of the road album track way beyond its beige writing which is somewhat in tune with Elhaida Dani's I'm Alive, albeit Anja delivers a more…
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Where I Am will likely struggle to attract the widespread support necessary to enter the upper echelons of the scoreboard given the glut of female ballads submitted so far

User Rating: 3.16 ( 24 votes)

This year’s Dansk Melodi Grand Prix delivered a nail biting result with market leader, Ida, being convincingly beaten by last year’s runner up, Anja Nissen.

Anja will perform Where I Am in the first half of semi-final 2 in May.

Denmark are back in the game. Well sort of. Where I Am a is classy, well produced song that gives both the juries and televoters a reason to support it. Anja’s glowing stage presence lifts this safe, middle of the road album track way beyond its beige writing which is somewhat in tune with Elhaida Dani’s I’m Alive, albeit Anja delivers a more surefooted, though not perfect, vocal performance.

Where I Am will likely struggle to attract the widespread support necessary to enter the upper echelons of the scoreboard given the glut of female ballads submitted so far. However, Anja’s big note, which compensates for the lack of a memorable hook, will be what the juries and televoters remember, and what will be shown in the live show reprise segments.

At the time of writing, the first half of semi-final 1 is already looking dangerous, especially if one of the Netherlands, Serbia or Ireland turn up with a half decent song. For now, Denmark has at least forced the producer’s hands when it comes to deciding the running order.

Can Denmark qualify this year?

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12 comments

  1. I seem to be over using the fanwank accusation’s at this point but surely this take’s the biscuit. Bar Anja being the singer is there anything special about this entry at all? Borderline qualifier.

    • The problem is that Denmark had almost 10 songs that were very similar. Sada would been a risk, but could well have paid off. This is one of Denmark’s safe bets that aren’t actually safe bets anymore.

      • At this point safe bet’s are just vintage Denmark, anything that has 0% chance of winning and bankrupting the broadcaster is fine by them!

  2. Meh, nothing wrong but nothing great either. Juries will go for the big vocals, and it’s a good thing that most of the other screamy females are currently in Semi 1

  3. Ahh Denmark, home of musical innovation and risk taking artistry. This is as standard as it gets but at least its competent I know they’re in the first half of a friendless semi but I think this is decent enough to qualify at the rate we’re going. 5th- 8th and then 16th – 20th in the final.

  4. This is an improvement on Denmark’s entries of the last two years. As others have said it is a very safe choice, perhaps bordering on bland. The last minute, does however, lift this from being ordinary and forgettable. The staging is also better than most of what we have seen so far.

    Viewers will get this song on first listen and (if the producers select from the last minute) it will appear strong in the recap. So I can see some televote support for this as well as some jury love for the vocal (although there were a couple of high notes earlier in the song where to my ears Anja seemed a tad shaky).

    I am seeing this as a mid table semi final finish and (given the current shortage of strong competition) around 11-16 in the final.

  5. Easy qualifier and top 10-15 in the final.

  6. Top 10 material here. Something people tend to overlook is the singer’s ability to sell the song, and Anja knocks it out the park. She looks great on TV, has oodles of personality and a great voice. Where I Am is a bit run of the mill, as indicated by the three star rating above, but to borrow Louis Walsh’s phrase “She really has star quality”.

    • Black and Blue, on closer reflection you may well be right about top 10. Anja really sells this with every nuanced and carefully choreographed facial expression. Every gesture is delivered with ‘conviction’ giving the trite lyric meaning. Compare this to Emma’s mechanical arm movements during her live rendition of Circle of Light which was arguably a stronger song.

  7. i feel that Australia’s entry last year was a similarly bland song but excelled due to a big voiced female singer with a lot of stage presence. this could do well.

  8. Omg people on here are actually falling for this bullshit!

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