Eurovision Song Contest 2013 Entry: Denmark - Emmelie de Forest - Only Teardrops
Apr 26 2013 06:23 pm CET

Denmark's "Only Teardrops" by Emmelie de Forest has been the favorite to win the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest since it was selected in January. But with so many strong entries this year, could Denmark land another 4th place finish instead?

Country: Denmark
Title: "Only Teardrops"
Artist: Emmelie de Forest
Semi-Final: First, Position 5
Last year's entry/position: "Should've Known Better" - Soluna Samay (23rd Place)

Denmark is the favorite to win this year's Eurovision Song Contest. The momentum began at the point of selection, when "Only Teardrops" by Emmelie de Forest proved to be a strong song among the first wave of national selections this year:

I have no doubt this song will advance to the Final, so let's discuss the possibilities of this song winning the Contest. Denmark has been in the hunt for a win for a while now. The country finished in 4th place both in 2010 and 2011 and I was expecting Denmark to make a go of it last year. However, the politics of Sweden not winning in 2011 may have caused Denmark to pull its punches last year, sending in the so-so "Should've Known Better" and waiting until this year to make its move. There are some complicating factors.

First, Malmo is just over the bridge from Copenhagen, with even Sweden's Eurovision Lady joking about the Contest essentially being in Denmark. With the EBU looking to keep costs low, having the Contest in the same location two years in a row would cut down on logistics planning. However, voters may want to have the Contest continue to hopscotch around Europe.

The other challenging factor will be the underdogs in this year's competition. It's not just Netherlands and San Marino advancing that will be a big deal: both of those countries have incredibly strong entries. Their status as underdogs will likely galvanize voters, particularly those who figure everyone else will be voting for Denmark anyway. San Marino in particular seems more likely to have a bigger impact in Eastern Europe just based on song style, though the strong entries from Ukraine, Russia and Bulgaria will probably garner many points as well. On top of that, Norway will likely split Scandinavia, further complicating things for Denmark.

Denmark may be the favorite, but it is not a forgone conclusion the country will win Eurovision 2013. This will be an exciting final.

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