"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!
The Eurovision Song Contest 2019 may be over, but there is still time to catch up with a host of entries to find out how how they felt, what their immediate plans on and to reflect on the artists themselves. Here Danish entry Leonora was more than happy to talk to Global Mainstream Arts about her journey from the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix to arguably music's biggest stage, the Eurovision Song Contest; this time held in Tel Aviv, Israel following Netta's win with 'Toy' last year.
Denmark has a rich history of winning the song contest having won it three times, the last win being 'Only Teardrops' by Emmelie De Forest back in 2013, so was the pressure on Leonora?
"Of course! They [Faroe Islands] should be in the competition, just like Iceland and the rest of the North."
Leonora, firstly how did it feel to be representing Denmark at this year's Eurovision Song Contest?
"First of all, it’s been overwhelming winning the National Final, and that part was my first goal. It’s amazing how much wonderful support I’ve been receiving, both from friends, family and the entire team I have behind me – as well as from fans all over Europe. So it’s been an amazing, and I think Eurovision was the biggest moment of my life. Thank you so much!"
Denmark last won with 'Only Teardrops' back in 2013, what would it have meant for Denmark and yourself to add a fourth win?
"Well, I hoped so. But I’m very proud of my self and my whole team behind me. And I’d never thought I would make it to the final. It was an amazing experience. And come on – 12! It’s kind a cool, when you don’t expect anything. ;)"
Eurovision always throws in some way out-there artists, this year arguably it's Iceland - what are your thoughts on Hatari? Have you got any Eurovision 2019 songs you like?
"Well, I have talked to the guys from Hatari, and they are the sweetest. I think it’s nice to be who you are, and take a chance for once in a while. And just rock this great show! They are truly good guys. My favourite song this year is Czech Republic – (and they are sort of my friends too, hope it’s not cheating?) and Mikis ’La Venda’ always makes me dance!"
Your song 'Love Is Forever' is unique in itself being multilingual, are you fluent in German and French alongside your native Danish?
"No, unfortunately not – we have German and French in Danish schools, but not fluent. But I really like that the song i multilingual. It shows everyone that we’re all equal and Love is forever and for everyone! I believe we all have to appreciate the differences in the world, and we should treat others with the same degree of respect, as we would like to be treated ourselves. We should embrace our differences, not be afraid of them."
You're also an award-winning skater, what was it that made you take a step back? Ice skating has it's own choreography, with Eurovision did you look back at your ice-skating for inspiration? Or where did your ideas come from?
"That’s true. I had a hard time finding the motivation, because I started spending a lot of time on music. Also, it’s very common in Denmark to stop competing when you’re 18. Well, both disciplines feel like natural extensions of who I am, and I feel comfortable with both. Skates quite literally serve as extensions of my legs! They are a tool that allows you to do a lot of technical moves and tricks, but, more importantly, they allow you to dance on the ice and do choreography, which is the side of the sport I love the most. My ideas comes from all over, my family, people I walk by, something I see in TV – anything. "
Would you agree that Eurovision offers escapism for everyone worldwide, free from politics, heartbreak and bad news we face everyday?
"Without a doubt. Eurovision is a singing competition, not a politic statement."
The Faroe Islands have long tried to participate, would you welcome the Faroe Islands into the contest?
"Of course! They should be in the competition, just like Iceland and the rest of the North."
Now Eurovision has finished, what are your plans? Will you be looking to record an album?
"Afterwards, my plan is to record a new album with my own songs, and treat myself to a very long vacation! I’m already craving some relaxing downtime at home."
Do you have any greetings to send out to friends, family, fans etc?
"Thank you so much for all your support through this journey of mine! Remember: Love is forever and for everyone Lastly, I’d encourage everyone to always be kind to one another – love is forever!"
For fun what are some fun Danish phrases people should know and use in their daily life as well as at (any) Eurovision?
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