Birthe Kjær

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Birthe Kjær during concert at Vig Festival 2010. (Foto: Lars Schmidt)

Birthe Kjær (born in Aarhus[1] on 1 September 1948) is a Danish singer who began her career in the late 1960s.[2] Kjær had made previous bids to represent Denmark in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1980, 1986 and 1987, before being chosen in 1989 with the cabaret-style song "Vi maler byen rød" (We paint the town red).[2] Her performance in Lausanne earned the song a third place that year.[2][3]

She hosted the Danish national contest in 1990. She was unsuccessful in her bid to represent Denmark again in 1991 with "Din musik, min musik".

In June 2004, her single with Safri Duo "Hvor' vi fra?" (the Denmark national football team's anthem for the 2004 UEFA European Football Championship) achieved a gold record with 4,900 copies sold.[4]

In Autumn 2005, she took part in the second season of the Danish Dancing with the Stars ("Vild med dans"), but she withdrew following a heart attack.[2]

Kjær hosted the Danish final to pick the 2009 Danish entry for the Eurovision Song Contest Final on 31 January 2009.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Peak Position Certifications
DAN
[5]
2001 Længe leve livet 25
2003 På en fransk altan 20
2005 6 originale albums fra 1969 - 77 10
2006 Lys i mørket 19
2007 Let It Snow 15
2008 Gennem 40 år 10
2011 Smile 10
2013 Birthe 5

Filmography[edit]

  • 1973: Revykøbing kalder
  • 1988: Jydekompagniet
  • 2000: Max

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Det var sommer, det var sol (It was summer, it was sunny)". DR (in Danish) (State of Denmark). 7 August 2004. Retrieved 21 January 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Birthe Kjær ramt af blodprop i hjertet (Birthe Kjær suffered heart attack)". DR (in Danish) (State of Denmark). 19 October 2005. Retrieved 21 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest 1989". eurovision.tv. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
  4. ^ "Fodbold-slagsang i top (Football anthem in the top)". B.T. (in Danish) (Det Berlingske Officin). 5 June 2004. Retrieved 21 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "danishcharts.com - Discography Birthe Kjær". Hitlisten. Hung Medien. Retrieved 11 September 2011. 
Preceded by
Hot Eyes
with Ka' du se hva' jeg sa'?
Denmark in the Eurovision Song Contest
1989
Succeeded by
Lonnie Devantier
with Hallo Hallo