Find out more about the Danish entry for Eurovision 2018 with 10 Things About…Rasmussen!
1. Jonas Flodager Rasmussen in 1985 in the Danish city of Viborg, but goes simply by the stage name Rasmussen.
2. He lives in Langå with his wife and two children.
3. He studied Dramaturgy and Music at Aarhus University, and works as a teacher at both the School of Performing Arts at Viborg Cultural School and Aarhus Theatre Learning.
4. Rasmussen is the lead singer and frontman of the 1980s cover band Hair Metal Heröes, which performs covers of songs by artists such as Elton John, ABBA, and Rugsted & Kreutzfeldt.
5. He has also worked as a stage actor, performing in stage productions of musicals such as ‘West Side Story’, ‘Rent’ and ‘Les Misérables’ in Aarhus and Holstebro.
6. For several years Rasmussen was part of the East Jutland choir Vocal Line. The ensemble were invited to perform with the Rolling Stones at the Roksilde Festival in 2014.
7. His song ‘Higher Ground’ was written by Niclas Arn and Karl Eurén, who have ample Eurovision experience having written a number of songs for the Swedish selection process Melodifestivalen and Denmark’s DMGP over the years.
8. Eurovision wasn’t always a sure thing for Rasmussen. He remarks that it wasn’t until he was contacted by broadcaster DR on Facebook that he became interested ‘They wanted to hear if I could be the right performer for this song that had a real Viking feeling. They were seeking someone who looked like a Viking who could sing. In the end it appeared that I was exactly what they wanted.’ And why wouldn’t he be! He is Tormund Giantsbane incarnate!
9. Rasmussen will represent Denmark at Eurovision 2018 having won their selection show Dansk Melodi Grand Prix in February 2018. His song ‘Higher Ground’ advanced to the superfinal winning with 50% of the vote to second place Anna Ritsmar’s ‘Starlight’ (31%) and third place Albin Fredy’s ‘Music for the Road’ (19%). Also competing in the show was Sannie who is better know as 90s singer Whigfield.
10. Rasmussen explains the creative process:
‘To me it’s primarily about creating a cool entry and then perfoeming it as good as possible and I’m going to do my absolute best on stage. I believe in my song and I believe in the cool work we’ve done in relation to the stage show- the outfits, the make up etc. I think we have a good chance to make a great impression in Portugal!’