The DMGP was held at Radiohuset in Frederiksberg, hosted by Sejr Volmer-Sørensen. Seven songs took part, with the winner chosen by a ten-member jury each nominating their favourite song. Denmark's 1957 representative Gustav Winckler was among the other participants.
On the night of the final Bødtger performed 4th in the running order, following Luxembourg and preceding Belgium. In style the song owed more to stage musicals than to contemporary music, and Bødtger complimented its rather quaint, old-fashioned sound by performing in a 19th-century fashioned gown, complete with bonnet and parasol. At the close of voting "Det var en yndig tid" had received 4 points (2 from Norway and 1 each from Luxembourg and the United Kingdom), placing Denmark joint 10th (with Sweden) of the 13 entries. The Danish jury awarded its highest mark (4) to contest winners France.