Denmark qualifies for Eurovision final and hopes to be the memorable act that closes the show
Both fans and performers were on tenterhooks last night during a nerve-racking Eurovision Song Contest semi-final, in which Denmark was drawn as the last qualifier to win a place in Saturday’s final.
Ahead of last night’s competition in Oslo, the Danish duo of Christina Chanee and Thomas N’evergreen had received some scathing reviews for sub-par performances in rehearsals, despite their song In a moment like this being praised by many critics.
Seventeen countries battled it out for one of the 10 spots in the final and, as the results were announced in a random order, the Danish entry became more and more convinced they wouldn’t go through.
With one place left and tension mounting, N’evergreen admitted that he was sure their Swedish neighbours would get the spot.
‘I can hardly remember the last minutes before we were called out. It was completely unreal and I was just thinking ‘Oh no, it can’t really be true that we won’t make it through’,’ added Chanee.
Chanee and N’evergreen will be hoping to overcome the rather flat performance with a much more accomplished one; a fortuitous final draw will see them close the show as the 25th act on Saturday night.
The country’s history in the song competition is patchy at best, but Denmark does have two wins under its belt. The most recent - and surprising - victory came in the form of the Olsen Brothers in 2000.