Australian-born singer Anja Nissen will represent Denmark in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.
Over the weekend, the singer competed in the finals of the competition the country uses to pick its Eurovision entrants, the Danish Melodi Grand Prix. Anja triumphed over nine other finalists with 64% of the vote.
Anja will perform her song “Where I Am” at this year’s Eurovision in Kiev, Ukraine in May.
The 21-year-old, raised in New South Wales, Danish parents, won the 2014 series of The Voice Australia with coach Will.i.am from the Black Eyed Peas.
Meanwhile, SBS confirmed that Australia will again compete in this year’s competition and our entrant will be revealed on March 7 at a Melbourne concert, with the announcement streamed live on Facebook.
Last year, Queensland’s Dami I’m finished a close second with her performance of electrifying power ballad “The Sound of Silence.”
The Semi-Finals of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 will take place on Tuesday, May 9 and Thursday, May 11, with the Grand Final on Saturday, May 13.
Australian-born singer Anja Nissen
Things you should know about Anja
What are the three most interesting aspects of your entry?
A powerful voice, a powerful song, an authentic and down to earth performance.
I can feel the difference between performing someone else has written and a song written by myself. I co-wrote my entry Where I Am.
What are the three most impressive facts about you?
Won The Voice Australia, and although I have grown up listening to Danish all my life, I have only been speaking it for ten months.
Love animals had a pet snake!
Have been singing since I was very young and you can even find videos of me on YouTube singing from a young age.
Do you have a (lucky) routine before you go on stage?
- I breathe deeply
- look up to the sky
- find a place of calm and say that everything is going to be fine
- have fun
- do the best I can to reach out and tell a story.
Why is the Eurovision Song Contest important for you?
Eurovision is so important to me because it has been a dream of mine since I was only 11 years old.
I have always been longing for Denmark and want to find a deeper connection to my other homeland.
By representing Denmark I feel as though I have already achieved so much.
There is so much love in my heart because I feel now as though I have been accepted by Denmark.
I want to make them proud and show Europe that we are all connected no matter where we come from.
A huge achievement as a songwriter to have my song in the competition and the ability to share my story.
Eurovision is so special because it unites us all.
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