Denmark in the Eurovision Song Contest 1997

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Eurovision Song Contest 1997
Country  Denmark
National selection
Selection process Dansk Melodi Grand Prix
Selection date(s) 1 March 1997
Selected entrant Kølig Kaj
Selected song "Stemmen i mit liv"
Finals performance
Final result 16th, 25 points
Denmark in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄1996 1997 1999►

Denmark was represented by rapper Kølig Kaj, with the song '"Stemmen i mit liv", at the 1997 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 3 May in Dublin. "Stemmen i mit liv" was chosen as the Danish entry at the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix on 1 March.


The DMGP was held at the DR TV studios in Copenhagen, hosted by Hans Otto Bisgård. Ten songs took part with the winner being decided by televoting. "Stemmen i mit liv" emerged the winner by a relatively narrow margin over "Utopia" by Jette Torp and was regarded as something of a risky choice, as rap had only been tried once before at Eurovision (by the United Kingdom's Love City Groove in 1995), without a great deal of success.[1]

DMGP - 1 March 1997
Draw Artist Song Points Place
1 Lars Nielsen "Du er den eneste" 535 8
2 Gry Harrit "Mon du tænker en smule på mig" 185 10
3 Gorm Bull Sarning "Si' mig li' Mari'" 1642 3
4 Maria Abel "Hyldest til livet" 1275 5
5 Stay Tuned "Hvor går man hed med kærlighed" 452 9
6 Dennis Ademsen Jensen "Livet er en ubåd" 642 7
7 Kølig Kaj "Stemmen i mit liv" 5695 1
8 Jette Torp "Utopia" 5331 2
9 Hans Olsen "Et skyggespil" 916 6
10 Lei Moe "Vejen til paradis" 1432 4

At Eurovision[edit]

On the night of the final Kølig Kaj performed 21st in the running order, following Russia and preceding France. Both song and performance were the target of a great deal of mockery from contest commentators – the BBC's famously derisive Terry Wogan remarked "This is about an eejit who falls in love with Directory Enquiries" and later "I'd like to meet the man who introduced rap to Denmark, and give him a piece of my mind". Although widely considered as a likely candidate for the infamous nul-points, at the close of voting "Stemmen i mit liv" had received 25 points, placing Denmark 16th of the 25 entries. The Danish jury awarded its 12 points to contest winners the United Kingdom.[2]


Points awarded to Denmark[edit]

Points Awarded to Denmark
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

Points awarded by Denmark[edit]

12 points  United Kingdom
10 points  Ireland
8 points  Estonia
7 points  Cyprus
6 points  Sweden
5 points  Poland
4 points  Italy
3 points  Malta
2 points  Spain
1 point  France

See also[edit]