"The most important thing is doing what they [Eurovision fans] feel like doing. Always be yourself."
Well Eurovision has been given the green light to go ahead this year (as last year was cancelled due to the ongoing COVID pandemic) and so it's time for Global Mainstream Arts to have a wee chit-chat with the participants. First up is the Danish entry Fyr & Flamme, whose infectious number has possibly brought some lightning strikes with it, in that it debuted at #2 in the Danish charts - the last Eurovision song to do this for Denmark was 'Only Teadrops' by Emmelie De Forest... who won in 2013, so perhaps this was a subtle omen? We have to take a long trip back to 1997 to see the last time a Danish entry was in their native language... maybe we have a dark horse on our hands?
Unlike other media covering Eurovision who may have entertained the odds, we shall not because they're not reliable... however rest assured we can be sure that the Danish duo will give a stellar performance, to get a taster watch the video below and check out our interview with them beneath that.
Hi guys, firstly congratulations on winning the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix and consequently representing Denmark at Eurovision 2021. How did you come together?
"Well we have been making music together since 2017, but started releasing our music about a year ago. It sure is a crazy world that we’ve entered!"
So how did you both meet and what was it that made you 'click' together?
"We are rooted in the same kind of pop culture. As grown-ups it’s fun to ‘click’ with someone else in the same way you would do in elementary school, when you found someone else who wanted to play the same games as you did."
Given your song is in Danish, what tips could you give non-Danish speakers who want to sing along to your song?
"The most important thing is doing what they feel like doing. Always be yourself. Like the Portuguese artist in 2017 [Salvador Sobral] who asked people to turn off the light, because the song was enough on its own. I googled his song to know the meaning and I cast him my vote that night."
Things will be different this year due to COVID-19, how have you been preparing for the semi final [they're in the 2nd semi-final]? Is there anything you can tell us about your stage preparations?
"We’re often asked if we have something special up our sleeve. The stage in Rotterdam fits very well with Jesper’s little sprint during the performance."
"The Eurovision Song Contest [ESC] will be our first ever concert in front of an audience since all our music has been released in the past year."
"Jesper often says, we hit the ground running. And we’ll do the same at the ESC. Who knows if Jesper will spontaneously do something on stage!"
It's been 8 years since Denmark last won, the song 'Only Teardrops' also charted high at #2, surely this a sign of things to come, could Fyr Og Flamme win?
"Obviously, I’ll take it as a sign, if we do win. The song is very popular in Denmark, but I don’t know how the other European countries are going to vote."
Obviously, Eurovision welcomes all music to participate, Finland once again has chosen metal, do you feel metal music is vastly under-represented at Eurovision?
"Finland’s entry is a super established band. I usually don’t listen to that type of music, but I like their song."
Looking to post-Eurovision, what plans do you have for the year ahead?
"We recently released a new song, and when we get back home from Rotterdam, we’ll be rehearsing for the summer concerts. We’ll be meeting up with our band for the summer tour, who we haven’t played with yet. Jesper is also shooting a movie right after the ESC."
"Yes, it’s right after the ESC, so I won’t be back in Denmark for a month or so."
Fyr Og Flamme will partake in the 2nd Eurovision semi-final on 20th May, be sure to send them your votes!
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