The tragedy of Tommy Seebach’s life was sealed as his third Eurovision entry scored a nasty consequence on the 1993 Eurovision Music Contest. Right this moment, this tune is a basic within the Danish Eurovision historical past. Sadly, he’s not right here to expertise it.

Everyone knows how Hans Christian Andersen’s ugly duckling became a ravishing swan. The identical transformation occurred to Below Stjernerne På Himlen (Below the celebrities within the sky).

Tommy Seebach knew he had written tune. He felt so assured about this entry that he saved submitting it to the Danish Melodi Grand Prix choice by way of a number of years. Lastly, in 1993, broadcaster DR gave in, and accepted it.

It grew to become a transparent winner within the Danish nationwide ultimate. The native inhabitants in addition to press praised its high quality. Everybody beloved it… two months later, the tune completed 22nd on the Eurovision Music Contest. With assist from a annoyed inhabitants, the Danish press fought to precise essentially the most anger in direction of Tommy and this tune… It took a few decade earlier than issues modified once more. Below Stjernerne På Himlen is now a basic in Denmark.

Below Stjernerne På Himlen – opinions from followers

So as to discover out what Eurovision followers right now consider this Danish entry from 1993, we requested our Eurovision Fan Panel. It contains workforce members in addition to followers from all around the world.

🇲🇹 Christopher D.-  This tune nonetheless offers me good vibes when listening to it in any case these years. It was a easy however melodic tune. The whistling components now jogs my memory pleasantly of Sebalter (Switzerland 2014). I’m not positive that I just like the staging because it appears they have been excluding the viewers and singing extra to themselves by that circle staging. When making an allowance for that this tune is representing Denmark, it may be categorised as not distinctive, however a really Eurovision-friendly tune.

🇮🇪 Paul Ok. – It’s a very nice tune. The instrumentals simply jogs my memory of something joyful and pleased and I really like his voice. This can be a tune that I might positively like to preserve listening to time and again every time i’m feeling a little bit unhappy. The unlucky factor about it’s it went up towards Eire that 12 months, so it’ll need to be my second place of that 12 months. Nonetheless, it’s a strong entry for Denmark which i reward an 8.5/10.

🇵🇱 🇯🇪 Pawel J. – Watching again the competition from Millstreet in 1993, I’m really fairly shocked that it didn’t come final. To me it was dated and simply too easy for its time. I feel the whistling is essentially the most annoying half to be sincere and simply doesn’t do something for me. If that tune would have been the Danish entry ten years earlier, then possibly it could do higher.
Undoubtedly I might put that tune in a field with “strategy with warning and ideally by no means open it once more” on it. I hope that nobody will take it personally. Very forgettable”

🇨🇴 🇫🇮 Alvaro S. – I discovered the sound of this tune very candy, together with the whistling half. It’s fairly unhappy that this tune has not been appreciated in 1993 as a result of the lyrics are very loving and candy.

🇪🇸 Alexander S. – The entry from Denmark 1993 got here for the third time by Tommy Seebach, however this time he might solely hit quantity 22, in my humble opinion the tune ought to have completed a bit greater. The efficiency was most likely quite simple… simply two feminine within the refrain, two extra musicians and Tommy himself. The melody is just not that dangerous in any respect, however most likely Tommy ‘s picture didn’t assist quite a bit for a greater consequence. Lastly, I need to level out the whistling throughout the tune.

🇩🇰 Charlotte J. – I really like this tune. It’s a masterpiece in my ear. It’s emotional and really catchy on the similar time. Again then when it gained the nationwide ultimate, I feared it wouldn’t do nicely at Eurovision although as a result of it is likely to be ‘too Danish’. Sadly, I used to be proper – however I beloved the tune again then, and I nonetheless do. I’m glad that it, years later, lastly acquired the popularity in Denmark that it deserved.

🇹🇷 Güneç G. –  A really good little tune from Seebach band when Eurovision was actual Eurovision. The tune instantly fills you with optimistic ideas and vitality and makes you smile. We’re lacking such high quality songs these days.

🇳🇱 🇩🇰 Wouter V. – With out listening to the lyrics, Below Stjernerne På Himlen sounds a bit an excessive amount of “pleased go fortunate”. Tommy’s voice nonetheless is improbable, and it’s straightforward to inform how a lot love he’s poured into his tune. Years later, his son Rasmus recorded a toned down, extra delicate cowl model which to me revealed how a lot of a masterpiece this tune really is.

🇬🇧 Michael O. – The tune completely handed me by in 1993 as a testomony to mediocrity, and in a contest with many nice songs, it was a complete misplaced trigger. A few years later, in reality when Yohanna did a canopy I found the tune is beloved to this date in Denmark. So I made a decision I’d give it one other probability. My 1993 opinion hasn’t modified.

🇨🇿 Josef Š. – Denmark presents an fascinating piece, which mixes a number of various things into one tune. South American ethno sound of Pan’s flute, with whistling, good supportive backing vocals and a catchy melody not totally different from some songs by ABBA. This wealthy cocktail is one thing value listening to not solely as soon as, however for positive on repeat every now and then.

🇬🇷 🇬🇧 Theo V. – Throughout a current journey to Denmark, I had tuned in to a Danish pop/people radio station and the music performed introduced this entry to thoughts. To me, this was one other optimistic instance of Eurovision having the ability to present an perception into one another’s tradition every now and then. Apart from that, even in 1993, the entry will need to have felt like a pleasing addition from Tommy Seebach slightly than a real contender for the trophy. Even so, it’s heartbreaking to think about the emotional impact that the entry’s dangerous inserting and subsequent backlash allegedly had on the established artist, particularly it being a tune with such candy, private lyrics.

Take pleasure in Tommy Seebach’s efficiency from the 1993 Eurovision Music Contest within the embedded video. Beneath the video, you’ll be able to learn extra about Tommy Seebach.

A mini Biography to Tommy Seebach

When he gained the nationwide ultimate, for the final time in 1993, it was his third victory. He had taken half a complete of Eight instances. It began by a singer who cancelled shortly earlier than the nationwide choice. The tune was written for Gitte Hænning to sing it. When she bailed out, Danish broadcaster DR insisted on Tommy to sing it himself. He hesitated, however the broadcaster gave him no possibility. He gave in, gained – and when he gained two years later too, Tommy sang all of his Melodi Grand Prix entries himself from that second on.

In the course of the late 1980’s Tommy Seebach had developed an alcohol abuse. And simply because it regarded like, the 1993 Danish ultimate win might change that, he was crucially blamed for the Eurovision failure. The press was actually laborious on him, and Tommy by no means actually acquired again on his ft once more after that.

In March 2003, Tommy Seebach died. Years with alcohol as his greatest pal had brought on his physique to surrender. Tommy was simply 53 years previous. After his demise, individuals in Denmark rediscovered their love for Below Stjernerne På Himlen. Right this moment, the tune is a basic. Tommy himself is a legendary Grand Prix hero. Only a disgrace that he by no means himself acquired to expertise that he was proper about his 1993 tune; it’s a good tune.

Tommy Seebach’s Eight Melodi Grand Prix entries

  • 1979: Disco Tango gained the Danish ultimate, and completed sixth on the Eurovision Music Contest
  • 1980: Bye-Bye (Tommy wrote the tune that was carried out by Lecia & Lucienne) completed seventh within the Danish ultimate
  • 1981: Krøller Eller Ej gained the Danish ultimate, and completed 11th on the Eurovision Music Contest
  • 1982: Hip Hurra Det’ Min Fødselsdag completed second within the Danish ultimate
  • 1984: Pyjamas For To completed 4th on the Danish ultimate
  • 1985: Det’ Det Jeg Altid Har Sagt completed second on the Danish ultimate
  • 1986: Det’ Free of charge completed 4th on the Danish ultimate
  • 1993: Below Stjerner På Himlen gained the Danish ultimate, and completed 22nd on the Eurovision Music Contest

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