The Danish broadcaster has confirmed their spokesperson for Eurovision. Rasmussen, last year’s representative for Denmark, will be revealing the 12 points of Denmark’s jury in Tel Aviv. He joins a growing list of past artists who will be appearing in the voting sequence in this year’s Grand Final!
According to DR, the Danish broadcaster, Rasmussen will be the Danish spokesperson for the Grand Final in Tel Aviv. In Lisbon last year, Rasmussen represented Denmark with the song “Higher Ground”. He won the televote in semi final 2 and ended up finishing in 9th in the Grand Final.
Rasmussen is the latest in a growing list of former participants to be spokespeople in the Grand Final this year:
- Israel – Izhar Cohen (1978)
- Georgia – Gaga Abashidze (2018)
- Romania – Ilinca (2017)
- Slovenia – Lea Sirk (2018)
- Sweden – Eric Saade (2011)
- Switzerland – Sinplus (2012)
Stay tuned over the coming days to see which other former participants will be appearing in this year’s voting sequence!
Jonas Flodager Rasmussen, who performs under the moniker ‘Rasmussen’, is a Danish singer and actor from Viborg. As a stage actor, he has performed in productions such as Rent, West Side Story, Rent and Les Misérables across Denmark. Alongside his music and acting projects, he works as a teacher at both the School of Performing Arts at Viborg Cultural School and the Aarhus Theatre.
Rasmussen is the lead singer and frontman of the 1980s cover band Hair Metal Heröes, which performs covers of songs by the likes of Elton John, ABBA, and Rugsted & Kreutzfeldt. In January 2018, he was confirmed to be taking part in Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2018 with Higher Ground. The song was the fan favourite from the start, and decisively won the national final the following month. The song was the latest Danish entry to reach the top 10, even winning the televote in semi 2 last year.
Denmark in the Eurovision Song Contest
Denmark first appeared in the contest in the second edition in 1957 and participated a total of 46 times. It has won the contest three times: in 1963 with Grethe and Jørgen Ingmann, in 2000 with the Olsen Brothers and 2013 with Emmelie de Forest. Since the introduction of the semi-finals in 2004, it failed to reach the final on four occasions.
Last year, Rasmussen’s flew the Danish flag in Lisbon with Higher Ground. He reached 9th place in the grand final with 229 points, having won the televote in semi-final 2. This marked Denmark’s first top 10 result since 2014 when the contest took place on home soil. Leonora will be aiming for a streak; she will perform 7th in the second semi-final on Thursday May 16 in Tel Aviv.
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