ESCountdown 2019: #23 – “Love Is Forever” by Leonora, Denmark

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN! Welcome to my ESCountdown 2019, presented by eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica! Between April 7 and May 10, I will countdown my picks of the entries in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019! There are 41 countries participating this year, and we’ll bring you each and every entry from them all!

Last year, when we first launched our ESC coverage, I did the songs in random order. This year, I’m changing things up a bit. Due to copyright issues with the way I did my TKR videos on YouTube, my ESC show last year never made it to public consumption. So this year, rather than just cover the songs, I’m bringing you all the info on each song this year ranked in order of my personal preference from bottom to top. I’ll give the reasons for my personal rankings, and some background info on the song, artist, songwriters, and such.  Again, these are MY opinions, and I realize that the ESC fan community is a rabid one, and rarely everyone agrees with everyone else, so as they say, your mileage may vary.

In at #23 on my countdown this year is the official entry from Denmark, “Love Is Forever” by Leonora, written by Lise Cabble, Melanie Wehbe, and Emil Rosendal Lei. The song is performed primarliy in English, with lines also performed in French, Danish, and German, and will be performed 7th on the second semi-final on May 16.

Leonora Jepsen has been in the public eye for a number of years, but NOT as a singer – that part of her career is fairly new. Her big claim to fame is as a champion figure skater; both she and brother Linus competed for many years, and they both won gold at the Danish championships in December 2016. She is now retired from competition (at just TWENTY) and is coaching and advising other skaters when not working on her singing career.

This song has one of the best messages in the entire contest this year – forget politics, forget rivalries, forget the bad stuff, and remember that all of that stuff goes away eventually but love is forever – wow, we could REALLY use that sentiment in the US right now. The presentation is a bit cutsy, even possibly dated – it’s reminiscent of something from the 1980s –  but it and the song itself are still great, and I hope it makes it through to the grand final.

Denmark has been around in EuroVision since year two in 1957, and have three Grand Final championships under it’s belt – 1963’s “Dancevise” by Grethe and Jorgen Ingmann;  2000’s “Fly On The Wings Of Love”  by Olsen Brothers; and 2013’s “Only Teardrops” by Emmelie de Forest.  They have participated 47 times throughout the years, and their 37 year span between winners is one of the longest gaps in the contest’s history. Their entry last year, the “Game Of Thrones“-esque Viking-inspired “Higher Ground” by Rasmussen, was one of their biggest fan favorites in years.

Here’s the official music video…see what you think…

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Catch all the official EuroVision action at their official Website and on their official YouTube channel! And hopefully, we’ll get to see the finals again this year somewhere – American fans, with Logo dropping coverage this year, let’s let AXS know we want to see it become the American home of EuroVision!

EuroVision ’18 Song By Song: “Higher Ground” by Rasmussen, Denmark

eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica has daily coverage of the days counting down to the Eurovision Song Contest 2018!

Over the coming weeks, sometimes more than once a day,  we will bring you daily previews of the contest, spotlighting each of the songs individually in random order, where they come from, who will be performing them, and more, as well as some historical info on the contest and some of the past winners and participants.

Next up on our Song-By-Song preview is the official entry from Denmark, “Higher Ground” by Rasmussen, written by Niclas Arn and Karl Euren. The song is performed in English. Rasmussen is an accomplished singer and actor, and is best known for his popular 80s cover band Hair Metal Heroes. The song will be performed 5th in the competition order on the second semi-final on May 10.

You know, the random draw I did to determine the order of songs for our Song By Song preview is absolutely KILLING ME today! Three of the best damn songs in the contest, and all on the final day! Damn, I LOVE THIS SONG! The song is based on an ancient Viking legend about Magnuss Eriendsson, who along with his warriors chose to put down their weapons and fight for peace instead with words. Inspiring and utterly awesome, especially in the times we’re living. The staging of this number is amazing, and I’d love to see what could be done with an actual music video – the song lends itself in look and feel across the boards from “Game Of Thrones” to “The Lord Of The Rings“. WOW! I”m gonna go with my gut here – hey American record labels – GET THIS GUY A CONTRACT AND PUSH THE HELL OUT OF THIS SONG!!  You’ve got a potential monster on your hands here!

Denmark has been around in EuroVision since year two in 1957, and have three Grand Final championships under it’s belt – 1963’s “Dancevise” by Grethe and Jorgen Ingmann;  2000’s “Fly On The Wings Of Love”  by Olsen Brothers; and 2013’s “Only Teardrops” by Emmelie de Forest.  They have participated 46 times throughout the years, and their 37 year span between winners is one of the longest gaps in the contest’s history.

Here’s the official music video  – Again, what a performance…

Join eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica each day through the finals on May 12 – be sure to check each site, because some of the features will be exclusive to just one of the sites! The daily artist and song profiles will appear on each site, with some past winners and historical info coming to TKR and PlanetBM in the next week or so as I complete my research!

Today is it – THE FINAL FOUR SONGS!  Tomorrow, and throughout the next couple of weeks I’ll dive into the history of EuroVision with some favorites lists and such, and of course, the announcement of my Top 43!

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Catch all the official EuroVision action at their official Website and on their official YouTube channel! And don’t forget to watch the show May 12 on LogoTV!