2013: Emmelie De Forest - Only Teardrops


Emmelie de Forest
is 19 years old and was rather unknown when she participated in the Danish final in January. Back then she worked at a backery, despite her royal background, which wasn’t revealed before during the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix. The next day Emmelie, as the great grandchild of British Queen Victoria and the grandchild of an Austrian princess, was the big topic all across the country. Emmelie explained her background herself like this: "Queen Victoria’s son, Edward VII, had many children outside marriage. One of them was my grandfather, whom he had with an Austrian princess of the Habsburg family. My grandmother descends from old Swedish nobility, so thanks to that link, I have spent much of my childhood in Stockholm, where my brothers and sisters still live. I see Sweden as my second home".

Despite her young age and her being relatively unknown before the national selection Emmelie has plenty of experience. Since the age of 14 she has been touring with Scottish musician Fraser Neill. She has always performed barefeeted – and this is as such not inspired by last year’s Eurovision Song Contest winner Loreen: "I have always preferred singing without wearing high heels or shoes. Being barefeet makes me feel closer to the ground, the earth and makes me feel more relaxed", Emmelie says.

The song is written by Lise Cabble, Julia Fabrin Jakobsen and Thomas Stengaard. The first name mentioned is one to pay attention to. Lise Cabble has twice before as a songwriter represented Denmark at the Eurovision Song Contest – and both times ended 5th. First time was in 1995 where Aud Wilken sang Fra Mols Til Skagen and in 2010 she was back with the song New Tomorrow performed by A Friend In London.

Participant Profile

  • Year 2013
  • Song title Only Teardrops
  • Song writer(s) Lise Cabble, Julia Fabrin Jakobsen and Thomas Stengaard
  • Language English
  • Video

In the semi final

  • Which semi final? Semi-Final 1
  • Starting position 5
  • About the selection

    The Danish final titled Dansk Melodi Grand Prix was held on the 26th of January in the snowy Herning in Mid-Jutland. 10 participants were fighting in what was considered quite an open selection. The line-up consisted of 10 songs, most of them written by well known songwriters. The chosen singers was a mix of fresh young talents and well established performers. Among the last ones was Brinck who represented Denmark at the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest with the Ronan Keating song Believe Again.

    After all ten songs had performed once it was time for the first voting. A professionel jury decided 50%, the TV viewers the remaining 50%. The result picked three songs for the super-final:

    • SimoneStay Awake
    • Emmelie de ForestOnly Teardrops
    • Mohamed AliUnbreakable 
    These three songs were performed again – and it was time for the final voting. Here the jury was quite split as they awarded Emmelie and Mohamed with 11 points each and Simone with 8. The TV viewers were however not in doubt about who they wanted to represent Denmark at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö: They gave 15 points to Emmelie, 8 to Mohamed and 7 to Simone. The 15 points was equal to 50% of the votes so as such it was quite a convinsing victory for Emmelie de Forest.
  • About the song

    The Danish entry this year is the top favourite to win, if you ask the bookmakers. It is not just a random guess, but mainly based on that the song is extremely catchy. Once you have heard the song you are able to recognise the song after just two seconds the next time you hear it. The song starts out with a very recognisable fluet intro. The fluet remains a big part of the song, together with drums. 

    Only Teardrops borrows from various genres and offers drama and ethnicity all wrapped up in catchy sing a long song.

  • Lyrics

    The sky is red tonight
    we're on the edge tonight
    no shooting star to guide us

    Eye for an eye
    why tear each other apart
    please tell me why
    why do we make it so hard
    look at us now
    we only got ourselves to blame
    it's such a shame


    How many times can we win and lose
    how many times can we break the rules
    between us
    only teardrops
    How many times do we have to fight
    how many times till we get it right
    between us
    only teardrops


    So come and face me now
    here on the stage tonight
    let's leave the past behind us


    Eye for an eye
    why tear each other apart
    please tell me why
    why do we make it so hard
    look at us now
    we only got ourselves to blame
    it's such a shame - tell me


    How many times can we win and lose
    how many times can we break the rules
    between us
    only teardrops
    How many times do we have to fight
    how many times till we get it right
    between us
    only teardrops


    What's gone between us
    has come between us
    only teardrops
    What's gone between us
    has come between us


    How many times..