”The Voice Australia” winner Anja Nissen has been announced as Denmark’s 2017 contestant for Eurovision, with the busty musician edging out her competition following a near miss last year. She will compete with her new song ”Where I Am”.
Nissen was a top-pick to represent Australia in our first Eurovision competition back in 2015, but eventually lost out to Guy Sebastian. With two Danish parents, the pop star then turned her attention to Denmark.
A record of 1115 entries were submitted to the MGP this year. These songs were then shortlisted to the final ten. In a change of format for 2017, Danish broadcaster DR invited regular viewers as well as members of the MGP and Eurovision fan club in Denmark, to select five of the ten finalists. The remaining five entries were chosen by producers. DR's Head of Entertainment, Jan Storage, explained; "In earlier years we used people from the music industry. They have definitely been competent, but by involving the fans, we have people who primarily had an eye for what will work in Eurovision". Denmark changed their game plan this year, not allowing any boybands in the national final this time. The last couple of years, Denmark failed to qualify for the final of Eurovision with a boyband.
After narrowly finishing second last year in Denmark's Eurovision selection competition - the Danish Melodi Grand Prix - Nissen triumphed in the city of Herning. The 21-year-old Danish-Australian singer competed against nine other acts, which was later cut down to three in the super final where Anja ultimately won with 64 % of the votes. When Anja Nissen was announced as the winner she thanked the crowd and said "I just want to say a thousand, thousand thanks to you all. I feel so many things. I will fight so strong, and I am so proud and happy”, said the newly crowned winner.
In the first round of voting the top three advanced to a super-final based on the votes of the five-member jury and the public vote. Both jury had public had a 50/50 say in the result. The other top three acts were, besides Anja, Ida Una with the song ”One” and Johanna Beijbom with ”A.S.A.P.”. The jury and public votes also accounted for 50% each in the second round.
Anja’s performance had everything from super strong vocals, a catchy beat, and the popular Eurovision wind machine. Something tells us that by sending Anja and ”Where I Am” Denmark are sure to make it through to the Eurovision final – something they have failed to do in the past two years.
In 2008, Nissen reached the semi-finals of Season 2 of popular talent-search TV show, Australia’s Got Talent, aged 12. Since then she appeared on a number of TV shows, including Young Talent Time, Mornings with Kerri-Anne and the annual Schools Spectacular. She also performed the Danish national anthem in the company of Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, before winning the third series of The Voice of Australia.
Denmark is scheduled to perform in the first half of the second semi-final on May 11.
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