In the eighteenth part of 'Destination Lisbon', our feature counting down to the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, we get to know Rasmussen who will represent Denmark with the song 'Higher Ground'.
After an exciting national selection, Jonas Flodager Rasmussen, or simply Rasmussen, won Melodi Grand Prix 2018 and will thus represent Denmark at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon. Read more..
We caught up with Rasmussen right after his victory for a first comment:
Rasmussen is 33 years old and lives with in the western part of Denmark with his wife and two kids. Besides working part-time as a voice and performance coach and singing in the cover band Hair Metal Heröes he has also been acting in musicals such as West Side Story and Les Misérables. He also performed in a choir with The Rolling Stones, as well as in tribute concerts for legends like Elton John, Paul McCartney and ABBA.
Rasmussen recently travelled to Portugal to record his postcard for the Eurovision Song Contest:
About Higher Ground
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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Rasmussen will represent the Denmark with the song Higher Ground in the second Semi-Final of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest on the 10th of May.
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