Denmark in Eurovision
2022 marks Denmark's 50th appearance at the Eurovision Song Contest since their debut in 1957, where they placed third. Since then, they've been victorious on three occasions; with 'Dansevise' by Grethe in 1963, 'Fly on the Wings of Love' by the Olsen Brothers in 2000, and most recently with Emmelie de Forrest's 'Only Teardrops' in 2013. Denmark has finished in the top five an impressive 14 times. Danish viewers will be hoping for a return to form in 2022 after Fyr Og Flamme were cut at the semi-final stage in Rotterdam last year.
2022 Entry: Reddi - 'The Show'
Semi-final: Having drawn the second half of the first semi-final, Reddi will perform 12th on May 10.
My Eurovision Scoreboard ranking: 37th
Odds to win ranking: On average, Denmark is ranked 34th among bookmakers.
(Rankings as of 30 March 2022)
About the artist
Reddi are new to the music scene, having only come together as little as three months before their victory at the Danish national final 'Dansk Melodi Grand Prix'. They are the brainchild of recording artist and producer Chief1, who says he's always dreamed of piecing together an all-girl rock group.
Reddi is made up of four members - two from Denmark and two from neighbouring Sweden. They are:
Mathilde 'Siggy' Savery (from Denmark) – vocals, keys, guitar
Agnes Roslund (from Sweden) – guitar
Ida Bergkvist (from Sweden) – bass
Ihan Haydar (from Denmark) – drums
They may be a new outfit, but one member of the group is no stranger to the Eurovision stage. Drummer Ihan performed on stage in Baku 2012 as one of the musicians accompanying Danish entrant Soluna Solay and her song 'Should've Known Better'. Denmark failed to qualify for the Final on that occasion.
Scandi-music lovers might also recognise Ihan from her other band, the multi-platinum Danish group L.I.G.A.
About the song
'The Show' is perhaps most notable for its transition from piano-ballad in the first minute into guitar-driven 90s-inspired alt-rock. Reddi's Spotify biography explains the women are fans of both pop and rock, and were determined to blend together the two genres in their Eurovision entry.
"We see no reason not to take the best of both worlds," the bio reads.
They wrote the song together in response to their common experience of being written off in the music industry on their basis of their gender - but still managing to prevail. "With our song, we want to tell the world that you should not let the outside world stop you from doing what you dream of. We want to show the world that women can do everything on their own. We all wondered why there were so few female bands in Denmark, so now we show that it can easily be done," they say in their official Eurovision biography.
How they were chosen for Eurovision
Reddi were crowned winners of Danish national final 'Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2022' after staving off stiff competition from two other acts, Conf3ssions and Josie Elinor & Jack Warren. Those three acts beat five others to go head-to-head in a March super-final that resulted in Reddi scoring 37% of the vote and the ticket to Turin.
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Denmark will compete 12th in the first semi-final on May 10 (European time) in Turin.