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Denmark: Rasmussen – Higher Ground

  The market leader, Rasmussen, has just won with 50% of the vote at this year's Dansk Melodi Grand Prix! Rasmussen will perform Higher Ground in the first half of semi-final 2. This year's Melodi Grand Prix was perhaps the bleakest in recent memory, packed with plastic pop, poor vocals and aimless staging. It says a lot about Danish music, or indeed DR's vision, when the best song featured five blokes dressed for a low-budget vampire B-movie. Higher Ground was dark, plodding and lacked imagination. Rasmussen only won because all of the other choices were worse; thus televoters were faced…
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Wrecked

If Denmark qualify, it'll be in 8th-10th place and by virtue of greater voting power.

User Rating: 2.91 ( 21 votes)

 
The market leader, Rasmussen, has just won with 50% of the vote at this year’s Dansk Melodi Grand Prix!

Rasmussen will perform Higher Ground in the first half of semi-final 2.

This year’s Melodi Grand Prix was perhaps the bleakest in recent memory, packed with plastic pop, poor vocals and aimless staging. It says a lot about Danish music, or indeed DR’s vision, when the best song featured five blokes dressed for a low-budget vampire B-movie. Higher Ground was dark, plodding and lacked imagination. Rasmussen only won because all of the other choices were worse; thus televoters were faced with a lose-lose situation.

The problem for Rasmussen is the generic Scandie sound and cheap presentation of Higher Ground. The staging is calling out for Emmelie de Forest’s drummers and something more substantial than the Viking longboat sails and watery backdrop. Moreover, there needs to be some lighting transitions during the middle-eight and ending to narrate the change in mood. Unfortunately, Denmark rarely changes the national final concept, so expect the same, listless presentation in Lisbon, albeit without LED screens.

As a song, it’s not particularly memorable or likeable outside of Denmark. The concept is from a time when Eurovision fandom thought Switzerland were contenders in 2007. Thankfully, we’ve moved on from those days.

If Denmark qualify, it’ll be in 8th-10th place and by virtue of greater voting power. If better than currently expected songs emerge in semi-final 2, these poundshop Vikings might suffer their worst defeat since the battle of Stamford Bridge.

  • Has potential to look distinctive
  • Sweden and Norway in same semi-final
  • Dark, bland staging lacking a clear concept
  • No emotional connection or visual story-telling
  • Song isn’t as memorable as the national final result suggests
  • Juries will hate it

Can Denmark clamber to the Higher Ground in semi-final 2?

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9 comments

  1. Personally number one for me so far this season, although I can understand the doubts people have.

    On quality I’d call this a certain qualifier, but first half of semi 2 is just the worst place to be for this song.

    The staging need a bit of work. It’s fine by the end, but needs more to get people interested straight away. Some more facial expressions by Rasmussen would be good too. Needs to get the viewers engaged. But overall very impressive.

  2. This is pretty poor in my opinion. It’s nowhere near as epic as it thinks and there’s not much for juries. It’s a tough semi, and this will need a shed load of votes from Norway and Sweden to get close to qualifying. Nothing’s certain and it has a bit of a niche, but I’d be surprised to see this on the saturday night.

  3. His voice is weak, but it does not matter. It did not look very epic, it needs to work on the staging. But Denmark never changes the setting from the national selection, so there is not much chance.

  4. Looks terrible, sounds worse. Generic, cliched overblown nonsense.

  5. Again, I’m coming to this one new. For me the best part was the staging. I can imagine this working on the Lisbon stage. Beyond that it feels like a piece of slightly dated, generic Scandi folk/pop. It reminded me of Greta Salome a couple of years back and this might suffer the same semi-final fate.

  6. Its like The Great Heathen Army has arrived at Lindisfarne.Staging potential,but lets face it very little for the juries.Il watch this again rehearsals week,but i doubt before.

  7. Early days yet but I’m calling non-qualifier. It’s just Eurovision cheese that belongs back in the contests of the early to mid noughties. No long term value whatsoever and the act itself is nowhere near the Verka, Babushki, Conchita, Lordi levels of making up for it. Who not of Viking heritage would vote for this?

    • A lot of people, I would imagine. I think Gavin’s review was harsh even for him. While it’s a tough semi, I think a lot of people here will be surprised how popular this will be on the Thursday and Saturday.

  8. Will juries hate it? Original staging, impact on first listen and a good singer, not expecting anything high but could see it being borderline in the jury. I also think we need to get this belief out the window about Scandi’s qualifying on voting strength. I can’t think of a single Scandi song (bar possibly 2012) that got through undeservedly, any time they have a song that shouldn’t go through it usually doesn’t like 2016 showed.

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