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Just talk to us already: Denmark

Posted by Caroline on April 18, 2011

And the Eurovision interview season continues apace, as Danish hopefuls A Friend In London settle down for a chat with some friends in London. Or something…

Introduce yourselves and tell us how you ended up representing Denmarkin Eurovision this year!
A FRIEND IN LONDON is: Tim Schou – vocals, guitar, Sebastian Vinther Olsen –
guitar, vocals, Aske Damm Bramming – bass, vocals, Esben Svane – drums, vocals.
We were offered to perform the song and we thought it was a very strong song that
fitted very well together with our other songs, so from that point on we didn’t have to
many doubts about participating. It is all about the music for us.

Was the band name A Friend In London inspired by an actual friend in London, or
was there some other reason behind the name?
Yes, there was an actual friend 🙂 since we chose the name it has become a very
good metaphor for what we do as a band. Building bridges between countries and
interacting with our fans.

Are you looking forward to going to Dusseldorf? What can we expect from your stage
Very much!! Our stage show will basically be the same as we did in Denmark but on
a much bigger scale so it will fit the arena. There will be some changes but we can’t
reveal anything yet.

We are big fans of your song at Eurovision Blog, but which of this year’s entries do
you rate?
Thank you. France and Azerbaijan have very good entries this year in our opinion and
we also like the Norwegian entry a lot.

Which is your favourite Eurovision entry of all time and which is your favourite from your home country?
Waterloo by ABBA is probably the song that has had the most impact on song writing
and producing afterwards so that’s probably our favorite. From Denmark we have to
mention the late Tommy Seebach. He has done a lot of great stuff for the Eurovision.

Here in the UK Eurovision is regarded by many as a bit of a joke (something we are
aiming to change this year with our entry). How is it regarded in Denmark?
A lot of people in the Danish music business also still consider it a joke, and we
would also like to try to make a change to this way of perceiving it. But the general
reception in the public has been very good.

Why do you think so many people still love it so much even after all this time?
When the Eurovision is on it is all about the music and having fun. It is a breath of
fresh air in between all the bad news you get everyday.

What will be the first thing you do if you win?
Open a bottle of champagne, light a cigar and call our moms 🙂

Have you heard the UK entry and what do you think of it? Is it a bit better than our
recent entries or are we going to come last again? Be honest……:)
It is a very professional production performed by a strong artist. It will definitely be in
the top 10 this year.

Given that the UK has entered a four-piece all-male band this year in the shape of
Blue, and you are also a four-piece all-male band, do you regard the UK as being
among your bigger rivals in the competition?
For sure and also because the theme of the lyrics is the same in the two songs. It is
very strong message that everyone can relate to.

And finally, tell me why Denmark should have the chance to host Eurovision in 2012 and which city would you choose to host it?
The host city would be Copenhagen. We are so ready to host it again, we have a very
strong song and rumour has it we have some very pretty girls here, so there you go J

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