Twist of Love

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Denmark "Twist of Love"
Eurovision Song Contest 2006 entry
Country Denmark
Artist(s) Sidsel Ben Semmane
Language English
Composer(s) Niels Drevsholt
Lyricist(s) Niels Drevsholt
Finals performance
Final result 18th
Final points 26
Appearance chronology
◄ "Talking to You" (2005)   
"Drama Queen" (2007) ►

"Twist of Love" was the Danish entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006, performed in English by Sidsel Ben Semmane.

As Denmark had finished in the top 10 in the 2005 contest, the song was pre-qualified for the final. Here, it was performed ninth, following Germany's Texas Lightning with "No No Never" and preceding Russia's Dima Bilan with "Never Let You Go". At the close of voting, it had received 26 points, placing 18th in a field of 24 and meaning that Denmark would have to qualify through the semi-final at their next Contest appearance.

The song describes the attempts of "this guy called Johnny" to catch the eye of "Connie", a girl who is also being pursued by "O'Smarty". In the event, it turns out that O'Smarty is unable to dance the twist, while Johnny's prowess means that he wins the girl.
Fittingly, the music is heavily inspired by early rock-n-roll. Indeed, the guitar solo was performed at the Contest in a manner similar to the iconic scene in the Back to the Future film.

The song had divided opinion prior to the Contest, with many fans arguing that the lyrics were excessively silly - particularly the names of the characters.

Following the Contest, the song was covered by South African boy band Hi-5 as "Die Twist" (The Twist).

It was succeeded as Danish representative at the 2007 Contest by DQ with "Drama Queen".

Due to a change of the rules at the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix the year before, songs could be performed in any language chosen as opposed to all being in Danish and the winning song translated into English for the Eurovision night. As a result, this entry was the first ever Danish entry which did not have a Danish language version in existence. Jakob Sveistrup did not take advantage of this, having performed his song in Danish at the national finals and recording a Danish language version as well.