We caught up with Rasmussen right after his victory for a first comment:
Rasmussen recently travelled to Portugal to record his postcard for the Eurovision Song Contest:
Higher Ground was inspired by the story of the Viking Magnus Erlendsson and his refusal to fight in the Battle of Anglesey Sound in 1098. Contrary to the stereotype beliefs about Vikings, Erlendsson was in fact a firm believer in the avoidance of violence. He defied his King and code of conduct, and took a stand for something he believed in. These are values reflected in Higher Ground; to listen to and tolerate one another, and to solve conflicts through peaceful means.
With his long red beard and hair, Rasmussen’s appearance closely mimics our idea of what Vikings looked like. So when the two composers of Higher Ground, Niclas Arn and Karl Eurén, saw him perform, they were immediately sure they had found the right guy for the song. Fortunately, Rasmussen instantly connected with the song and its message — a lucky match for the two Swedish composers!
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