The DMGP was held at the DR TV studios in Copenhagen, hosted by Jørgen Mylius. Ten songs took part with the winner being decided by voting from five regional juries. 1983 saw the first DMGP appearance of Kirsten Siggaard who, as a member of Hot Eyes and as a solo singer, would become a familiar face at DMGP and Eurovision for years to come. John Hatting had been a member of the previous year's Danish representatives Brixx.
On the night of the final Johansen performed 15th in the running order, following Germany and preceding Cyprus. Johansen's vocals were noticeably off-key at the start of the song, and continued to veer out of tune throughout; clips from the performance are frequently used in montages put together to illustrate Eurovision vocal faux pas. Johansen was criticised for having paid too much attention to choreography and not enough to the song. At the close of voting "Kloden drejer" had received 16 points (7 from Sweden, 4 from Spain, 2 from Cyprus and the United Kingdom and 1 from Turkey), placing Denmark 17th of the 20 entries. The result continued a run of undistinguished placements for Denmark since their return to Eurovision in 1978, with only one top 10 finish in six attempts. The Danish jury awarded its 12 points to Yugoslavia.