Review: Leonora- ‘Love is Forever’ (Denmark)

Artist: Leonora

Song: Love is Forever

Country: Denmark

Rating: ★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

Ranking: 39th

Betting Odds: 101/1

Leonora won Dansk Melodi Grand Prix in 2019 and as a result will represent Denmark in Tel Aviv with the song ‘Love is Forever’. Find out what our thoughts are on the song!

When I initially heard ‘Love Is Forever’, I thought it was a nice song. Inoffensive. Quaint. Harmless. However once it migrated into my Eurovision 2019 Spotify playlist it became increasingly more and more annoying. Not only was I continually, actively skipping on to the next song, the song angered me.

The song opens with a set of monotonous plinking strings accompanied by Leonora’s faux-babyish voice and the melody is simplistic dirge, almost like a children’s nursery rhyme. While it is commendable that she sings in a number of languages- French, German, English, etc., the message in the lyrics too are simplistic, crossing the line into cliche on a number of occasions.

The staging reinforces this fairy tale quality that the song has. Straight from Dublin’s Leprechaun Museum, Leonora sits atop a massive chair. While the scale of this is impressive, it literally leaves her nowhere to go. She sits solitary for most of the performance letting the camera angles do all the work. It isn’t until two thirds of the way through when her backing dancers (dressed as mime artists) extend a ladder and make the climb to join her. Unfortunately when they reach the top all they do is infuriatingly sway in time with the music.

Despite my disgust for this song, I seem to be one of the few that feels so strongly about it. It may just scrape through to the final.

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