Emmelie Charlotte-Victoria de Forest (born 28 February 1993) is a Danish singer-songwriter. She represented Denmark with the song "Only Teardrops" in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Malmö, Sweden, winning the contest. Her debut album Only Teardrops was released on the Universal Music label on 6 May 2013.
1 Music career
1.1 Early Career,
1.2 Eurovision Song Contest and Only Teardrops,
2 Personal life,
5 External links,
De Forest began singing at the age of nine and sang with her mother in the Steve Cameron Gospel Choir for several years. From the age of 14, she began performing at music festivals and small venues with Scottish folk musician Fraser Neill. According to Neill, they made an album together titled Emmelié de Forest and Fraser Neill that sold only 100 copies. When De Forest was 18 years old, she ended her collaboration with Neill and moved to Copenhagen to study at the Complete Vocal Institute.
Eurovision Song Contest and Only Teardrops:
De Forest was one of ten acts that performed in the 2013 Dansk Melodi Grand Prix for a chance to represent Denmark at the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Malmö, Sweden. On 26 January 2013, she performed the song Only Teardrops (written by Lise Cabble, Julia Fabrin Jakobsen and Thomas Stengaard) and won the national selection.
Her debut album, Only Teardrops, was released on 6 May, a week before her performance in the Eurovision contest. The album has twelve tracks, including the original and symphonic versions of "Only Teardrops."
On 14 May, de Forest reached the final of the Eurovision, being one of the ten finalists that qualified from the first semi-final. According to British bookmakers, de Forest became the odds on favourite to win the contest. De Forest won the 2013 Eurovision final on 18 May with a total of 281 points, 47 points more than second place finisher Farid Mammadov of Azerbaijan.
De Forest was born in Randers, Denmark, to a Danish mother and Swedish father, Ingvar de Forest (1938-2010). Following her parents' divorce when she was young, she grew up with her mother in Mariager, Denmark. According to De Forest, she was raised with the impression that her father descends from an illegitimate child of Edward VII, which would have made her the great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria.Danmarks Radio used the story of her claim to royal ancestry in its promotion of the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, but prior to the Eurovision contest, it determined the claim could not be confirmed.