Nanna Olivia: “Attending Eurovision is something I can’t even get my mind around”

Denmark make their choice this weekend with Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2021 being their continued national selection to select which artist and song will represent the nation at the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest.

Eight songs will be competing throughout the show with the public televote having the final say on which song will be travelling to the Netherlands in May.

Ahead of the show, we caught up with participant Nanna Olivia who will be competing with her song “Hvileløse hjerter”.  Check out the interview below to find out all about her musical journey to date and what she hopes to give to Europe through her song.

Welcome to Dansk Melodi Grand Prix!! Tell us about the journey so far – you are fairly new to releasing music, so why did you decide to enter Dansk Melodi Grand Prix? Is it

“Thanks! So far the journey has been overwhelming in the best way possible. Everyone is so nice and seem to really like the song and that means a lot to me! This whole world is new to me so it’s nice to get such positive response from all over the world. I decided to enter because I was contacted about this song and I just really connected with the song and the theme of the song, and also I think I really needed this new and exciting experience.”

You’ll be performing your song “Hvileløse hjerter”. The song translates to “Restless Hearts” but tell us about the song meaning. What does this song mean to you and how does it show your artistry?

“The song is, I guess you could say a miserable love song. It’s about being in love with the one that got away and trying to convince yourself that you should move on even though you know in your heart that he was the one. I love the contrast between the uptempo “happy” music and the kind of sad lyrics, it makes it  so sad but very “danceable”.”

Being new to the music scene, tell us more about yourself and your background. When did you start performing music and who are your biggest influences?

“I’m 22 years old and from a small town in Denmark but now I live in Copenhagen, I started singing when I was about 4 years old and it has been in my life since then. One of my biggest influences in music is Rihanna, her voice is super recognizable and her songs are relatable and well thought out and she’s just super cool and effortless.”

Also being so young this is such a great promotion for you as an upcoming singer and artist. How are you feeling in preparation for the show in March and how are rehearsals going?

“I feel very good, the “behind the scene” staff are taking such good care of me and being in this odd situation (Corona and MGP) they really take their time making sure that I am comfortable with everything. I have never performed at such a big show before, but I feel super confident that it will be amazing. The band is awesome and the show will be super cool.”

If you win Dansk Melodi Grand Prix you will of course go on to represent Denmark at the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam! What would that opportunity mean to you and are you a fan of the contest? If so do you have any favourite entries from the past?

“I mean that would be so crazy if I got to represent Denmark at Eurovision. I would love to! But most importantly I hope that the song that Denmark and the people of Denmark  would like me to represent Denmark. I love the show so attending Eurovision is something I can’t even get my mind around right now. I think I need to stay focused on one show at a time.

I think my all time favourite is Euphoria – Sweden.”

Denmark haven’t performed a song in Danish at the Eurovision Song Contest since 1997 however we see lots of other countries performing in their native languages. Do you think it’s finally time for Denmark to show off the wonderful Danish language on a global platform?

“I think it would be great to participate in Eurovision in my native language, but at the same time I really want the meaning of the song to be understood by everyone. Therefore I think we will translate the song into English so everyone can relate to the lyrics and theme.”

If you could perform a concert anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

“I think my goal would be to perform at Roskilde festival just because it is so iconic to me as a Dane. I have visited Roskilde Festival since I was 16 years old and I love the atmosphere and the people there. That would be the biggest accomplishment.”

Tell us more about what you’ve got planned. Is there any more new music on the horizon and what should we be looking out for over the rest of the year after your Dansk Melodi Grand Prix/Eurovision adventure?

“I am planning to be making more music in the future, but I don’t know much yet. I’m super focused on DMGP these days so I’m trying not to rush myself into the next thing. I really want to enjoy this experience to the fullest. But definitely this won’t be the last you hear from me!”

Thank you Nanna for your time and answering our questions!

Denmark select their artist this Saturday with the show starting at 20.00 CET. Make sure to check it out to watch Nanna perform “Hvileløse hjerter” and see who gets the ticket to Rotterdam!

If Nanna is your personal favorite, make sure you cast your vote for her in our poll right here:

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