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The ESC United “Expert” Panel 2018 – Denmark

It’s almost time to review Denmark’s entry, but we must first stop off with Greece’s entry. What did #YOU think of the mysterious “Oniro Mou”?

SerRusLena (Forum) – “I hope that this song qualifies because I think it sound so beautiful.”

tsegaye (Forum) – “Omg, with these clips with the backing vocalists I feel confident that this will be goosebump material on the stage. It’s SO pitch perfect and emotional, I can’t wait for the rehearsals to begin!”

lolita (Forum) – “It is good, but as an ordinary English song, in Greek it is magical, mystical, powerful, like from another dimension. I am glad she is singing in Greek at Eurovision!”

Greece’s song has a lot of support from our readers and ends up with a ‘televote’ score of 86 points, so we will see whether this launches them up the scoreboard later on. Next up, it’s Denmark!

42. DENMARK – Rasmussen – Higher Ground

9 points

Connor – “I used to have this in my top, and I knew it’d start to fall eventually when we got new entries. Assuming that Rasmussen can kill his vocal in Lisbon, and they maintain the captivating staging from DMGP, I think this will destroy the Eurovision stage.”

8 points

Matt – “Scandinavian pop, borderline Schlager… what’s not to love?!? It has a memorable theme so it will stand out just for that. I like the melody a lot, wish the lyrics were a tad more original but hey, I will politely look past that. Good effort from Denmark.”

7 points

Robert – “Recently, Denmark has acquired a bit of a reputation for serving up “beige” entries – harmless and slightly insipid songs that struggle to stand out – but I’ve been quite the fan nonetheless! This certainly stands out somewhat: We have Vikings! Longships on stage! Yes, this could really be quite the epic. It’s just that… Well, it somehow manages to lack the power you feel it could have. The chorus, whilst good, doesn’t push the song as much as it should – it leaves you wanting more OOOPMH. It’s a good entry and I enjoy it, but I wonder how it could look with a performance more along the lines of Hungary’s…”

Sean – “Easily the most unique entry that Denmark have sent in a while, but with regret that hasn’t been too much of an achievement. The pumping heartbeat of this song piques my interest and the structure builds the drama really well. It also helps to have a competent performer who fully assumes the right character for this entry. Good job Denmark!”

Stefan – “I had no doubts for him at DMGP. I’m not sure if we had Vikings at Eurovision before, but if not, it was about time! Thumbs for his style. He totally deserves to qualify. The song is a bit more than OK, but I like that we have something traditional from Scandinavia.”

6 points

David – “Here comes our viking… or what? I might’ve been born and raised in Denmark, and even still live in Denmark. However, I’m not feeling that Viking vibe as much, since I can’t connect completely with it. It’s another closed and dark song, but at least it opens up, but that takes some time before it happens. I feel very isolated with this song, yet it’s giving me a chance to get close. It’s interesting, but not completely appealing, and so I wonder if Rasmussen can open up to others as well?”

Efe – “An average, sea and naval themed, typical Game of Thrones song. I really don’t know why but I feel like “Higher Ground” will be forgotten like last year’s Danish entry “Where I Am”. I just feel it… Anyways, good luck Rasmussen and Denmark! Bring it to the stage!”

4 points

Zack – “The tradition for soulless pop songs from Scandinavia continues.  The song does the trick and is listenable.  But it does not move me.  Perhaps, it is because I am a bit indifferent to the story it is trying to tell.  But this is a case where the showmanship distracts and does little for me overall in the end.

2 points

Calvin – “I like that Denmark have presented a somewhat unique lyrical concept; it’s an uncharacteristic risk. But there are a lot of problems with the execution. Instead of coming off as a well-told story, the lyrics instead come off as a cheesy gimmick. They aren’t aided by a cliché production and melody which don’t justify the concept at all. The song seems scared of extending the wackiness of singing about vikings so actively avoids anything out of the ordinary beyond that.”

No score

Christian – “I simply can’t review this since I was a judge on TV for Dansk Melodi Grand Prix and have written a contract to be silent about the song on social media.”

To make things fair we have used an average score of the previous nine reviews as a tenth score, and so Denmark end up with 62 points. Let’s see whether this puts Denmark in a good place on the scoreboard…

  1. 🇮🇱 Israel – Netta – Toy (157)
  2. 🇫🇷 France – Madame Monsieur – Mercy (153)
  3. 🇦🇹 Austria – Cesár Sampson – Nobody But You (153)
  4. 🇧🇬 Bulgaria – Equinox – Bones (153)
  5. 🇲🇰 (FYR) Macedonia – Eye Cue – Lost and Found (153)
  6. 🇬🇷 Greece – Yianna Terzi – Oniro Mou (144, higher televote score)
  7. 🇵🇹 Portugal – Cláudia Pascoal – O jardim (144)
  8. 🇮🇹 Italy – Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro – Non mi avete fatto niente (142)
  9. 🇫🇮 Finland – Saara Aalto – Monsters (142)
  10. 🇧🇪 Belgium – Sennek – A Matter of Time (139)
  11. 🇪🇪 Estonia – Elina Nechayeva – La Forza (139)
  12. 🇳🇱 Netherlands – Waylon – Outlaw in ’em (137)
  13. 🇨🇾 Cyprus – Eleni Foureira – Fuego (130)
  14. 🇦🇺 Australia – Jessica Mauboy – We Got Love (130)
  15. 🇨🇭 Switzerland – Zibbz – Stones (129)
  16. 🇭🇺 Hungary – AWS – Viszlát nyár (127)
  17. 🇷🇴 Romania – The Humans – Goodbye (127)
  18. 🇵🇱 Poland – Gromee ft. Lukas Meijer – Light Me Up (126)
  19. 🇨🇿 Czech Republic – Mikolas Josef – Lie to Me (120)
  20. 🇩🇪 Germany – Michael Schulte – You Let Me Walk Alone (120)
  21. 🇸🇪 Sweden – Benjamin Ingrosso – Dance You Off (118)
  22. 🇦🇲 Armenia – Sevak Khanagyan – Qami (116)
  23. 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan – Aisel – X My Heart (116)
  24. 🇦🇱 Albania – Eugent Bushpepa – Mall (115)
  25. 🇭🇷 Croatia – Franka – Crazy (113)
  26. 🇲🇪 Montenegro – Vanja Radovanovic – Inje (113)
  27. 🇪🇸 Spain – Alfred & Amaia – Tu canción (112)
  28. 🇸🇮 Slovenia – Lea Sirk – Hvala, ne! (109)
  29. 🇷🇸 Serbia – Sanja Ilić & Balkanika – Nova deca (109)
  30. 🇲🇹 Malta – Christabelle – Taboo (107)
  31. 🇱🇻 Latvia – Laura Rizzotto – Funny Girl (107)
  32. 🇬🇧 United Kingdom – SuRie – Storm (104)
  33. 🇬🇪 Georgia – Iriao – For You (104)
  34. 🇮🇪 Ireland – Ryan O’Shaughnessy – Together (103)
  35. 🇱🇹 Lithuania – Ieva Zasimauskaite – When We’re Old (102)
  36. 🇧🇾 Belarus – Alekseev – Forever (96)
  37. 🇲🇩 Moldova – DoReDos – My Lucky Day (96)
  38. 🇳🇴 Norway – Alexander Rybak – That’s How You Write a Song (88)
  39. 🇮🇸 Iceland – Ari Ólafsson – Our Choice (81)
  40. 🇸🇲 San Marino – Jessika ft. Jenifer B – Who We Are (76)
  41. 🇷🇺 Russia – Yulia Samoylova – I Won’t Break (66)
  42. 🇩🇰 Denmark – Rasmussen – Higher Ground (62)

A massive ‘televote’ score lifts Greece to 6th place, below (FYR) Macedonia in 5th. Will Denmark challenge the top 10? And can Ukraine steal it all?

Now it’s over to #YOU – what are your thoughts on the Danish entry this year? Share your short review with us below in the comments, on social media @escunited and on our forum HERE and we’ll share the best reviews here tomorrow! Don’t forget to vote in our poll too!

Our last “Expert” Panel comes tomorrow. Will Ukraine’s Mélovin provide us with a strong finish to this year’s reviews?

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