Ben & Tan will not get their chance at the Eurovision Song Contest. The decision by the duo and the Danish broadcaster to select a new act for 2021, was taken very soon after the cancellation of Eurovision 2020.
In today’s episode we look at Denmark in 2021. For a full review of their potential entry for 2020, check out this article on our partner website Eurovision Union. Check out our thoughts for next year below.
Key takeaways: Sweet pop song, typical Danish style
For 2020, Denmark picked a song in a genre they are most familiar with. A sweet pop song, but a recognisable chorus. It has given them success in the past, but also massive failures. Mainly that depends on the performance of the artist(s). This was the main concern for Ben & Tan, because their live performance was a vocal struggle. There’s always room for a safe song at Eurovision, but whether those safe songs qualify is often dependent on the other songs in the competition.
Exploring other options
Looking towards 2021, Denmark will not stray from their usual format, and with more time to prepare, let’s hope for a stronger selection of songs. Denmark has a nice opportunity to come up with something better for the contest in The Netherlands next year. Their DMGP format his its strengths, but also weaknesses. The biggest Danish stars don’t want to take part in such a preselection. A big difference when we compare it to Melodifestivalen in Sweden. And without such a carte blanche, Denmark will stay in the pool of former talent show participants, young upcoming stars, or older newcomers waiting for their breakthrough.
This was supposed to be Denmark’s Eurovision 2020 entry
About “Next Up: Eurovision 2021”
In our series Next Up: 2021, we look ahead to the Eurovision Song Contest 2021. After the cancellation of Eurovision 2020, all participating countries now face the choice: Stick with their Eurovision singer, or come up with a new preselection or internal selection.
We make an analysis based on what we know so far. What will this country do, or most likely do? And is that the wise choice, looking at the fact that the Eurovision Song Contest remains a music competition?