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2016 contestants go their separate ways

Lighthouse X, who represented Denmark in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, have written an open letter to their fans to announce that they are “ending [their] four-year adventure” following their final performance together last week at Copenhagen Pride.
In the emotional open letter, band members Martin, Johannes & Søren recalled how their journey together began:

“What started out as an idea and a vision four years ago evolved into a fantastic project, which has shown completely new ways of how the worlds of culture and business can collaborate and take on an active role in society as ambassadors of positive change.”

The key driving force behind the formation of Lighthouse X back in 2012 was to help those facing challenges in their lives, with all three members working as ambassadors and donating profits to various charities that they worked with.

“The last four years have been an incredibly amazing journey for us, during which we have performed in front of a countless number of people, listened to their stories and done everything we could to make a positive change in the world.”

Discussing their decision to end the Lighthouse X project at Copenhagen Pride, they say:

“Lighthouse X has always been a project with a limited lifespan, and all three of us agree that Copenhagen Pride, with its focus on diversity and freedom of speech, is the ideal occasion for shutting down Lighthouse X for now. So we are going to stop while the going is good – really good, even! – and we are looking forward to saying ‘until next time’ to all of you, our supporters, who have followed us and supported us.”

Earlier this year, Lighthouse X represented Denmark at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest following their surprise victory at Dansk Melodi Grand Prix. When the potential entries were revealed, Simone was hot favourite to take the win with Heart Shaped Hole only to be reeled in by Anja Nissen and Never Alone as rehearsals got underway. Lighthouse X weren’t considered contenders until they won the dress rehearsal audience poll, but still caused a surprise when they beat Anja and Simone in the superfinal.
Unfortunately for Lighthouse X, they failed to qualify for the Eurovision final with Soldiers Of Love after finishing in 17th place in the second semi-final. Nevertheless, they were pleased that the message of their song was delivered to an international audience and they reference this in the closing paragraph of their letter:

“As we are writing these words, deep love and gratitude are flowing through us. The many messages and mails we have received from you over the years, and all the conversations we have had with several of you around the country, tell us that there is, indeed, an army of soldiers of love out there. We are proud to have walked side by side with you. THANK YOU for everything we have experienced together. You have given us memories for life!”

How do you feel about Lighthouse X’s decision? Let us know below, as well as your memories of a dramatic 2016 Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, or even who you wish to see in the 2017 edition of the popular national selection.


Ryan Cobb

My first memory of watching the Eurovision Song Contest was back in 2001 and, over the years, my passion and enthusiasm for the contest has very much turned into an obsession. I adore music and I love geography, so this contest is a natural fit for me. If la la loving Eurovision was a crime, I'd certainly be a criminal!

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