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