Road to Copenhagen 2014: Basim – “Cliché Love Song” (Denmark)

At last!! The final entry on the road to Copenhagen, and which one could I finish on – why, the host of course!

DenmarkDenmark debuted in the second contest right back in 1957, making it one of the longest-competing nations in Eurovision. After their first victory in 1963, they took and 11-year hiatus over the 1970s, but have been a regular competitor since, picking up another victory in 1999. Their qualification record is good too, reaching 7 finals of the 9 contest where they were requested to qualify.

This year though, they get a free pass to the final, as Emmelie de Forest won the 2013 Malmö contest with “Only Teardrops“. It was a bit of history repeating, following their 1999 win when the contest was last in Sweden. On home turf at Copenhagen’s 2000 contest they came 2nd – could they challenge for the win again this year?

Well, they’ve certainly got something mainstream to send this year – more specifically “Cliché Love Song” has rather strong Bruno Mars vibes about it, and I suppose that’s not going to hurt them. Neither is their 23rd performing slot they drew earlier this year.

basim denmarkDanish selection event Dansk Melodi Grand Prix had its usual mix of contemporary artists, but the enormous Arena Fyne in Odense showed off how its winner could fill a space and get the crowd going.

It’s a decent song, I just wonder if it’s just not exactly pushing the envelope. Certainly having contemporary songs at Eurovision is definitely a good thing and this will ultimately be a good thing, but part of me just hopes it doesn’t win in favour of something less derivative.

That said, I can’t hold it against the song, it’s catchy and energetic – what’s wrong with that?

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