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VIDEO: Denmark sends ‘boy band’ to Eurovision

Four young men will carry Denmark's hopes to Vienna for this year's European singing extravaganza.

VIDEO: Denmark sends 'boy band' to Eurovision
Anti Social Media claimed the win in Aalborg and earned themselves a ticket to Vienna for the big show. Photo: Henning Bagger/Scanpix
Denmark will be represented at the 2015 Eurovision contest in Vienna by the ‘boy band’ Anti Social Media.
 
The four young men, whose members range in age from 19 to 25, won the right to represent Denmark on Saturday night when their song ‘The Way You Are’ beat out nine other entries at the Danish Melodi Grand Prix contest in Aalborg. 
 
Anti Social Media will compete in the 2015 Eurovision semifinals on May 19th and 21st, vying for a spot in the grand finale on May 23rd. 
 
Austria won their right to host this year’s contest when Conchita Wurst claimed victory at the 2014 contest in Copenhagen. That event was massively criticised for overspending that made it the second most expensive Eurovision contest ever
 
You can see Denmark’s winning song here: 

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Is Denmark’s Eurovision entry a rip-off?

Danes on Friday night voted for the song they wanted to represent them at this summer’s Eurovision contest. But before the euphoria even wore off, the winning entry was accused of being a rip-off of a smash hit German pop song.

Is Denmark's Eurovision entry a rip-off?
Lighthouse X will represent Denmark at Eurovision with the song 'Soldiers of Love'. Photo: Henning Bagger/Scanpix
The Danish trio Lighthouse X won Friday’s Melodi Grand Prix with the song ‘Soldiers of Love’. With 42 percent of viewers’ votes, the winners should have spent the next few days basking in glory before preparing to represent the nation in Stockholm this summer.
 
Instead, social media users began pointing out that the song performed by Johannes Nymark, Søren Bregendal and Martin Skriver sounded an awful lot like German pop superstar Helene Fischer’s ‘Atemlos durch die Nacht’ hit from 2013. 
 
Lighthouse X flatly denies being inspired by the German track. 
 
“We are not, because none of us know that song,” the group told tabloid BT. 
 
Two music experts came to the Danish group’s defence – sort of. 
 
Producer Chief 1 acknowledged that the two songs sound familiar but said it was likely “just a coincidence”. 
 
“We don’t have so many tones in the pop palette, so you can’t avoid touching on something else in this universe,” he told TV2. “I really don’t think the people behind this song sit around listening to bad German schlager to find inspiration.” 
 
The head of the official Melodi Grand Prix fan club also said the two songs are very similar but not close enough to qualify as pure plagiarism. 
 
“I’ll admit that when you hear Helene Fischer’s song, the chorus sounds a lot like the Danish winning song. But otherwise the songs are quite different and I have a hard time believing that EBU [the European Broadcasting Union, which produces the Eurovision Song Contest, ed.] would threaten to disqualify it based on this,” Johann Sørensen said. 
 
So, is the Danish song a rip-off of the German? Listen to them both below and judge for yourself. 
 
 

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