Denmark chooses A Friend In London for Düsseldorf

Denmark chooses A Friend In London for Düsseldorf
A Friend In London on stage in Ballerup. Photo: Claus Larsen (DR)
Ballerup, Denmark -

Tonight at Ballerup Super Arena, after strong competition and three exciting rounds of voting, A Friend In London with New Tomorrow has won Denmark's ticket to Düsseldorf.

One of Europe's most popular national selections took place tonight, where 10 exciting acts all competed to represent Denmark at the 2011 edition of Europe's favourite TV show.

The Result

From these 10 acts, 4 qualified to the semi-final by an SMS-vote and expert jury. After this 2 acts went on to a final round of voting, where only one act could be victorious and this was A Friend In London with the song New Tomorrow. The semi-final and final results were decided only by SMS-voting.

To help A Friend In London on their way to victory, there was an amazing crowd in Ballerup Super-Arena, located just a short train journey from Copenhagen.


A Friend In London celebrating their victory. Photo: Claus Larsen (DR)

The Acts

All of tonight's 10 acts have been praised for their musical variety and amazing quality, which broadcaster, DR has put a lot of emphasis on in recent years.

Detailed profiles of each of the artists can be seen right here, at Eurovision.tv!

Below you can see a list of all of tonight's participants (semi-finalists in bold):

  • New Tomorrow
    Artist: A Friend In London. Music/Lyrics: Lise Cabble & Jakob Glæsner
  • Sleepless (Wildcard)
    Artist: Anna Noa. Music/Lyrics: John Gordon, Lene Dissing & Peter Bjørnskov
  • Emma
    Artist: Christopher Brandt. Music/Lyrics: Christopher Brandt & Sisse Søby
  • Drømmen
    Artist: Jeffrey. Music/Lyrics: Jeffrey, Lasse Lindorff, Svend Gudiksen, Daniel Fält & Kim Nowak-Zorde
  • Let Your Heart Be Mine (Wildcard)
    Artist: Jenny Berggren. Music/Lyrics: Jeppe Federspiel & Thomas G:son
  • Black And Blue
    Artist: Kat and Justin Hopkins. Music/Lyrics: Patric Johnson, Joakim Övrenius & Justin Hopkins.
  • 25 Hours A Day
    Artist: Le Freak. Music/Lyrics: Erik Bernholm, Henrik Sethsson & Thomas G:son
  • Hollywood Girl
    Artist: Lee Hutton. Music/Lyrics: Matilde Kühl, Sune Haansbæk & Ian Mack
  • You'll Get Me Through
    Artist: Sine Vig Kjærgaard. Music/Lyrics: Henrik Janson & Hanif Sabzevari
  • Hvad Hjertet Lever Af (Wildcard)
    Artist: Stine Kinck. Music/Lyrics: Pharfar, Rasmus Allin, Fresh-I & Stine Kinck

Tommy Seebach Tribute

During tonight's final, Eurovision Song Contest veteran Tommy Seebach was remembered tonight in a special tribute when Kirsten Siggaard, Keld Heick and Dario Campeotto performed Tommy's 1993 entry, Under Stjernerne På Himlen.

Tommy Seebach died suddenly in 2003 and as Keld Heick said, "I'm so excited that he is finally getting the tribute he deserves!". Kirsten went on to say that, "I'm so happy and proud that I can be part of this tribute to Tommy".

Dario Campeotto and Kirsten Siggaard are themselves veterans of Melodi Grand Prix and Eurovision Song Contest with Kirsten having represented Denmark in 1984, 1985 and 1988 and Dario in 1961. Keld Heick has written the Danish entry a total of 10 times, most recently in 1996.


Keld Heick, Kirsten Siggaard & Dario Campeotto on stage. Photo: Claus Larsen (DR)

Interval Act

Next week, the children's MGP takes place in Denmark and in order to celebrate this all of the children taking part performed in the interval act, just before the winner was announced.

They performed the theme tune to MGP 2011 called Fantalastisk. Their show will in fact take place at Ballerup Super Arena next week... The same venue as tonight's final!

Denmark will take part in the second half of the second semi-final of the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest, taking part in Düsseldorf, Germany on the 12th of May.


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  • Posted on 28/April 2011 at 22:30
    One of several Jedward clones in the competition. The song is a poor clone also! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 26/April 2011 at 11:47
  • Posted on 25/April 2011 at 17:11
    And i like it :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 12/April 2011 at 21:05
    I did not blame ESC officials for the problem yet. I think each country should be responsible for checking whether their entries qualify according to originality. If this is true then the qualifying commission from Denmark made a mistake. If this is not true then let me knowh who (what board, commission ) was responsible for this. Maybe indeed the officials from ESC. Establishing a borderline value eight 100% identical chords seems to make an insentive to make a "new hits" justy by
    1. taking the greatest known hits,
    2. "breaking" them after each 7 chords,
    and finally
    3. making little refining
    which of course, seems to be a kind of specific crime against humanity. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 12/April 2011 at 13:05
    and funny you think that its esc who made a fault and playing fools and not the fact that they are right and you are wrong ... i guess they know more about it then you do so just stop pretend that you are right and they are wrong and just play fools when they dont say anything im sure if there was a problem with the song then they will be all over it to make a fair contest they dont say anything to it because they cant say anything because its just not the same as those songs

    eurovision.times which is just a site where some guys think i saw they was from serbia but they bring infomations of everything happening in the esc and they looked at it and say they think its not the same and more sites with same opinion
    and i started reading the rules and it say there have to be 8 100% indentical chords before you can say its the same and its not only rules for the esc
    and this song do not reach that number of chords
    its really that simple.............. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 12/April 2011 at 13:04
    when you buy a cd and have all from your fav. band then i guess you buy a cd with another band and you look after a band that have a bit of the same sound as the bands that you already like...

    first the only one who need to be punished is you i have been looking on lots of sites first sing for me at the danish dr1 site they had an expert to look an ekstra time on the song after they won and they said clearly that no doubt that the first line of the chorus is close to the swedish song but its not the same at all and its just the same as every year people act wierd just so they have a better chance of winning and you just said it in one of your messages that the reason is that this song is good and have a chance to win report to the moderator
  • Posted on 12/April 2011 at 12:59
    i said ´nothing about which one that came out first! i know 2006 and so on
    i know it came out earlyer... the only thing here is that this song ... really dont sound anything like other songs this have its own sound
    i first asked do you think the 4 songs you posted sounds like the same?
    and then i just said that experts already looked at this and its not near the same... its simple the song isnt against the rules so no cry from you its all fair...

    you can say
    testament souls of black intro
    sounds pretty much like metallica for whom the bell tolls

    you can say ac/dc hells bells
    and metallica for whom the bell tolls both use same idea with a bell in the beginning

    but its still not the same songs report to the moderator
  • Posted on 12/April 2011 at 05:17
    markafil,
    The answer is clear: WHOEVER COPIED SIGNIFICANT PART of any song that has been presented earlier deserves to be somehow punished, at least morally. I do not know who'se preformance appeared first;
    Swedish (Andreas Johnson) – “Sing for me” dated on You Tube in 2006
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJV24K5X6Fo

    German (Jasmine Wagner know as Blumchen) – “Herz an Herz” dated in 2006
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYctHZ9s9hQ

    Japanese (Mucc) - “Yasashi Uta” dated in 2007
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCUluxB6lkQ

    or German Future Trans United – “Face 2 Face” dated in 2007
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dto268KcE28

    Whoever took it first from original old Chinese song may be lucky but any next should be NOT. Denmark entry for ESC this year is definitely the latest so “the least lucky”. Shortly speaking ESC experts made a serious fault and now they are playing fools. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11/April 2011 at 16:06
    @right stuff hunter

    i dont think this is because people think it sounds like so many songs
    people just want it to sound like 100 of other song because this song is really really great and can be the winner and if not then in the top 5
    then people like you act like a little child trying to find songs that with a lot of imagination could sound a little little bit like new tomorrow so it maybe gets a lower place

    you just said it yourself right there
    you dont care about the swiss song because its not good and not rated that high so might not get lots of points anyway
    you only think this is a copy because its too good...lol report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11/April 2011 at 16:06
    and what is it you dont understand in the line... esc experts have been looking very close to this song because people like you keep saying it reminds of this and this and this and 11 other songs and they still say its not a copy of anything

    so how much do you think mucc and face 2 face reminds of each other?

    and last dont blame the band for anything they just perfoming the song is wroted by Lise Cabble and Jacob Glæsner they contacted a friend in london cause they had heard of them and they started say OH NO SONG CONTEST NEVER... then they heard the song and said hey thats very nice kinda like what our style is and then they was in and won report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11/April 2011 at 02:51
    Another "patented" song presented much before Denmark Entry which contains exactly the same fragment constituting the power of the song:
    Face 2 Face by Future Trance United.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dto268KcE28

    Well "Boys" if you were in the US you would find yourself very quickly out of the music market. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 10/April 2011 at 12:51
    i like it..Well done,,,great report to the moderator
  • Posted on 10/April 2011 at 00:58
    hi right stuff hunter,
    i get your point...i am also very upset with sweden..i do not like copied or sampled entries, but i guess they seem to be inevitable even in the esc...and would like to say, judging by your interest n the esc and music in general and by your comments, you are more european than many europoeans .-) i would also lie to add, copy or not, i like the dutch entry pretty much report to the moderator
  • Posted on 9/April 2011 at 19:27
    Definitely one of my favourites! Bravo Denmark! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 8/April 2011 at 22:16
    Noone said that all of them. Macke 79 said "Most of them". I think he exaggerated. I am trying to be precise. Therefore I am pointing out only these two:
    Denmark and Switzerland.
    The Swiss song is not very strong so the problem may be forgotten anyway, but the Danish song is very good, so the problem does really exist. I simply do not want to have a winner that is mostly a COVER. Well, I can always say:
    "Das is nicht meine sache" because I am in the US, but I was born in Europe and I feel (at least in part) a European. report to the moderator