Olsen Brothers

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Olsen Brothers
(Brødrene Olsen)
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"Noller" (left) and Jørgen Olsen (right)
Background information
Origin Denmark
Years active1972–present
Website http://www.olsen-brothers.dk/
MembersJørgen Olsen
Niels "Noller" Olsen

Olsen Brothers (Danish: Brødrene Olsen) are a Danish rock/pop music duo, formed by brothers Jørgen (born 15 March 1950) and Niels "Noller" Olsen (born 13 April 1954), who won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2000. They formed their first band, The Kids, in 1965. The Kids warmed up for The Kinks in the K.B. Hallen in 1965 and released their first single in 1967.

Danish language North Germanic language spoken in Denmark

Danish is a North Germanic language spoken by around six million people, principally in Denmark and in the region of Southern Schleswig in northern Germany, where it has minority language status. Also, minor Danish-speaking communities are found in Norway, Sweden, Spain, the United States, Canada, Brazil, and Argentina. Due to immigration and language shift in urban areas, around 15–20% of the population of Greenland speak Danish as their first language.

Eurovision Song Contest Annual song competition held among the member countries of the European Broadcasting Union

The Eurovision Song Contest, often simply called Eurovision, is an international song competition held primarily among the member countries of the European Broadcasting Union. Each participating country submits an original song to be performed on live television and radio, then casts votes for the other countries' songs to determine the winner. At least 50 countries are eligible to compete as of 2018, and since 2015, Australia has been allowed as a guest entrant.

The Kinks English rock band

The Kinks are an English rock band formed in Muswell Hill, North London, in 1964 by brothers Ray and Dave Davies. They are regarded as one of the most influential rock bands of the 1960s. The band emerged during the height of British rhythm and blues and Merseybeat, and were briefly part of the British Invasion of the United States until their touring ban in 1965. Their third single, the Ray Davies-penned "You Really Got Me", became an international hit, topping the charts in the United Kingdom and reaching the Top 10 in the United States. Their music was influenced by a wide range of genres, including rhythm and blues, British music hall, folk and country. They gained a reputation for reflecting English culture and lifestyle, fuelled by Ray Davies' observational writing style, and are considered one of the most influential groups of the period.

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Both Jørgen and Niels Olsen participated in the musical Hair in the Cirkusbygningen in Copenhagen March 1971, and went on tour afterwards through Denmark, Norway and Sweden.

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The Olsen Brothers' first album was released in 1972. The Brothers have released 13 albums.Some of the biggest hit singles includes "Angelina" (1972),”For what we are”(1973) "Julie" (1977), "San Francisco" (1978), "Dans Dans Dans" (1979), "Marie, Marie" (1982) and "Neon Madonna" (1985), ”wings of love”( 2000), we believe in love (2001), Look up Look down (2009 -performed with Sir Cliff Richard), Brothers to Brothers 2013.

The Olsen Brothers has sold aprox 3.200.000 albums,1.500.000 singles and around 2.700.000 combilations since the released single-record in 1967. Total 7.500.000 units. The Brothers has a speciel two voice harmoni sound, which many fans,musicians and songwriters loves. Among the “ fans” are Sir Cliff Richard and Bjoern Ulveus both calls the Olsen Brothers for “ The European Everly Brothers”.

Dansk Melodi Grand Prix / Eurovision

The Olsen Brothers and on occasions Jørgen Olsen on his own took part in a number of annual competitions known as Dansk Melodi Grand Prix the winner of which would represent Denmark in the Eurovision Song Contest.

Dansk Melodi Grand Prix is an annual music competition organised by Danish public broadcaster Danmarks Radio (DR), which determines the country's representative for the Eurovision Song Contest.

Participations in Dansk Melodi Grand Prix
YearSongPositionPointsNotes
1978"San Francisco"
2nd
37
As Olson Brothers
1979"Dans dans dans"
8th
32
As Olsen Brothers
1980"Laila"
5th
61
As Olsen Brothers
1986"Fællessang i parken"
6-10th
-
As Olsen Brothers
1989"Fugle"
3rd
28
Jørgen Olsen (solo)
1990"Berlin"
3rd
25.676
Jørgen Olsen (solo)
2000"Smuk som et stjerneskud"
"Fly on the Wings of Love" (in English)
1st
58
As Olsen Brothers
Represented Denmark
in Eurovision 2000
2005"Little Yellow Radio"
2nd
52
As Olsen Brothers
2007"Vi elsker bare danske piger"
7th
-
Jørgen Olsen (solo)
Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2000 / Eurovision Song Contest 2000

They won the annual Dansk Melodi Grand Prix song competition in 2000 in Copenhagen and went on to represent Denmark in the Eurovision Song Contest 2000 in Stockholm. [1] where they won with the song "Fly on the Wings of Love" (translated from the Danish "Smuk som et Stjerneskud" (literally translated, "Beautiful as a Shooting Star"). At one stage, they sold 100,000 copies in one day, in Denmark. They became the second Danish act that won the competition. On the day of their victory, Jørgen Olsen was 50 years and 61 days of age, making him the oldest artist yet to win the contest. However, he only held the record for one year, as Dave Benton triumphed in 2001 at the age of 50 years and 101 days. The combined ages of The Olsen Brothers make them the oldest aged act ever to win the contest [2] .

Eurovision Song Contest 2000 song contest

The Eurovision Song Contest 2000 was the 45th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Stockholm, Sweden, following Charlotte Nilsson's win at the 1999 contest in Jerusalem, Israel with the song "Take Me to Your Heaven". The contest was held on 13 May 2000 at the Globe Arena.

Fly on the Wings of Love 2000 Olsen Brothers song

"Fly on the Wings of Love" is a song by Danish pop-rock duo Olsen Brothers, which was the winner of Eurovision Song Contest 2000, performed for Denmark, singing in English.

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They opened the Eurovision Song Contest 2001 in Copenhagen with a short reprise of their winning song from the previous year, followed by a full performance of their new release "Walk Right Back".

Eurovision Song Contest 2001 song contest

The Eurovision Song Contest 2001 was the 46th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Copenhagen, Denmark, following the Olsen Brothers' win at the 2000 contest in Stockholm, Sweden with the song "Fly on the Wings of Love". The hosting marked the second time the contest was held on Danish soil, after the 1964 contest - 37 years earlier. 23 countries took part in the contest, which was held on 12 May 2001. The host venue was the Parken Stadium - the largest venue to ever host the contest as of 2018. A total of 35,000 spectators saw the show live from within the stadium, breaking the record of 16,000 held by the previous year's hosts Sweden.

Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2005

In 2005 for the first time since their victory, they re-entered the Danish Melodi Grand Prix, the national pre-selection for the Eurovision contest, with the song "Little Yellow Radio". It was widely reported[ who? ][ citation needed ] that they hoped to repeat their triumph; however this time they had to settle for second place, finishing behind Jakob Sveistrup.

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Congratulations - 50 Years of the Eurovision Song Contest

Their song Fly on the Wings of Love was nominated as one of the 14 finalists for the Congratulations: 50 Years of the Eurovision Song Contest held in Copenhagen, Denmark on 22 October 2005. They performed the song in the event finishing 6th overall in 14 songs. The winner was "Waterloo" from ABBA

Discography

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The following lists events that happened during 2000 in Denmark.

Denmark was represented by Rollo & King, with the song '"Never Ever Let You Go", at the 2001 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 12 May at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, following the Olsen Brothers' victory for Denmark in 2000. "Never Ever Let You Go" was chosen as the Danish entry at the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix on 17 February.

Denmark was represented by Tommy Seebach, with the song '"Disco Tango", at the 1979 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 31 March in Jerusalem. "Disco Tango" was chosen as the Danish entry at the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix on 3 February, and was the first of Seebach's three Eurovision appearances for Denmark. The 1979 DMGP is notable for the participation of both Denmark's Eurovision winners, Grethe Ingmann and the Olsen Brothers.

Denmark was represented by the band Mabel, with the song "Boom Boom", at the 1978 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 22 April in Paris. "Boom Boom" was chosen as the Danish entry at the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix on 25 February, and marked Denmark's return to Eurovision after an 11-year absence. Other participants in the 1978 DMGP included both Denmark's Eurovision winners, Grethe Ingmann and the Olsen Brothers.

Denmark was represented by the band Bamses Venner, with the song '"Tænker altid på dig", at the 1980 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 19 April in The Hague. "Tænker altid på dig" was chosen as the Danish entry at the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix on 29 March. Other participants in the 1980 DMGP included Danish Eurovision winners Grethe Ingmann and the Olsen Brothers, and 1989 entrant Birthe Kjær.

Denmark was represented by Lonnie Devantier, with the song '"Hallo Hallo", at the 1990 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 5 May in Zagreb. "Hallo Hallo" was chosen as the Danish entry at the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix on 24 March.

Denmark was represented by Birthe Kjær, with the song '"Vi maler byen rød", at the 1989 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 6 May in Lausanne, Switzerland. "Vi maler byen rød" was chosen as the Danish entry at the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix on 25 March, a victory for Kjær after three runner-up finishes in DMGP earlier in the 1980s.

Denmark hosted and participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen after winning the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 with the song "Only Teardrops" performed by Emmelie de Forest. The Danish entry was selected through the national final Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2014, organised by the Danish broadcaster DR. Basim represented Denmark with the song "Cliche Love Song", which placed 9th in the final, scoring 74 points.

Denmark participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 with the song "The Way You Are", written by Remee and Chief 1. The song was performed by the band Anti Social Media. In February 2015, Danish broadcaster DR organised the national final Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2015 in order to select the Danish entry for the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, Austria. Anti Social Media and the song "The Way You Are" emerged as the winner following the 50/50 combination of jury voting and televoting. In the first of the Eurovision semi-finals, Denmark failed to qualify to the final, placing thirteenth out of the 16 participating countries with 33 points.

This is a list of Danish television related events from 2000.

Denmark participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. The country was represented by the song "Where I Am", performed by Anja Nissen and co-written by Australian songwriters Angel Tupai and Michael D'Arcy. The Danish broadcaster DR selected the entry through the national final Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2017.

Denmark participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. The Danish broadcaster DR organised the national final Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2018 in order to select the Danish entry for the 2018 contest in Lisbon, Portugal.

Denmark will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. The Danish broadcaster DR organised the national final Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2019 in order to select the Danish entry for the 2019 contest in Tel Aviv, Israel.

References

  1. Barclay, Simon (2010-06-17). The Complete and Independent Guide to the Eurovision Song Contest 2010. Simon Barclay. pp. 110–. ISBN   9781445784151 . Retrieved 16 August 2014.
  2. O'Connor, John Kennedy. The Eurovision Song Contest - The Official Celebration. Carlton Books, 2015. ISBN   978-1-78097-638-9. Pages 32-33
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Flag of Sweden.svg Charlotte Nilsson
with "Take Me to Your Heaven"
Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest
2000
Succeeded by
Flag of Estonia.svg Tanel Padar, Dave Benton and 2XL
with "Everybody"
Preceded by
Michael Teschl and Trine Jepsen
with "This Time I Mean It"
Denmark in the Eurovision Song Contest
2000
Succeeded by
Rollo & King
with "Never Ever Let You Go"