Anja Nissen has won the final of DMGP 2017 and will represent Denmark at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kiev. The winning song in the national final in Denmark is ‘Where I Am‘.
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.
Australian Anja Nissen also took part in DMGP 2016, where she got to settle with a second place. Now she got the trophy and will go to Eurovision after all. She won the superfinal with the amazing amount of 64% of the votes. Ida Una scored 26% of the votes with her song “One”. Johanna Beijbom surprisingly came third with 10% of the votes for her song “A.S.A.P.”. Seven other acts lost out to Anja in the first round.
You can read back a live blog for the show in Denmark, which we attended live, here.
More about Anja Nissen
Anja Nissen was born in Winmalee, New South Wales in Australia to Danish parents. Her mother and father emigrated to Australia when they were 11 and 22 years old, respectively. Nissen grew up on her parents’ farm in Winmalee with her older sister (photo) and brother.
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.
Afterwards she was asked by SBS Australia to go to Eurovision in 2015. In the end, SBS chose for Guy Sebastian instead. Afterwards Anja tried her luck in Denmark (the country her parents are from). In the DMGP final, she narrowly lost out to boyband Lighthouse X, which left her “heartbroken”, according to ESC Daily’s reporter Brandon McCann.