Leonora (singer)

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Leonora
Leonora at the Danish Melodi Grand Prix 2019 (cropped).jpg
Leonora in 2019
Background information
Born (1998-10-03) 3 October 1998 (age 20)
OriginHellerup, Copenhagen, Denmark
Occupation(s)Musician, singer
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2018–present

Leonora Colmor Jepsen (born 3 October 1998), also known simply as Leonora, is a Danish singer and former competitive figure skater. As a figure skater, she was a two-time national junior champion in singles in 2015, 2016 and represented her country at the 2016 World Junior Championships. As a singer, she won the 2019 Dansk Melodi Grand Prix and represented Denmark at that year's Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, finishing 12th with 120 points.

Early life[edit]

Born and raised in Hellerup to the north of Copenhagen where she still lives, Leonora received her high school diploma from Gammel Hellerup Gymnasium. She has written many songs of her own, performing in cafés, libraries and small school concerts.[1][2][3]

Career[edit]

As a figure skater, she competed in the ISU World Junior Championships in 2016 and in the ISU JGP Riga Cup 2015.[2][4] In December 2016, Leonora and her brother Linus were gold medallists at the Danish figure-skating championships. She had previously been Denmark's junior champion skating solo.[5] She now no longer competes but works as a figure-skating trainer and choreographer.[6]

She represented her country in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv with the song "Love Is Forever".[7][8] She won Danish Melodi Grand Prix 2019 after gaining 42% of the public and jury vote in the superfinal, beating favorites Julie & Nina, and Sigmund.[9] Her song "Love Is Forever", written by Lise Cabble, Melanie Wehbe and Emil Lei, combines four different languages: English, Danish, German and French.[10][1]

Competitive highlights[edit]

JGP: Junior Grand Prix

Event 14–15 15–16
International: Junior[11]
Junior Worlds 42nd
JGP Latvia 23rd J
NRW Trophy 20th J
Ice Challenge 19th J
Nordics 7th J 12th J
Coupe du Printemps 6th J
National: Junior[11]
Danish Champ. 1st J 1st J
Levels: J = Junior

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
DEN
[12]
SCO
[13]
SWE
Heat.

[14]
UK
Down.

[15]
"Love Is Forever" 2019 16 77 12 61 Non-album single

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Leonora is Denmark's pick for Eurovision 2019". Escxtra. Retrieved 24 February 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Leonora Colmor Jepsen". International Skating Union. Retrieved 24 February 2019.
  3. ^ Minana, Emil (23 February 2019). "Sådan har Leonora det med favoritrollen". Se og Hør. Retrieved 24 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Fra skøjtetalent til grandprixvinder" (in Danish). B.T. Retrieved 24 February 2019.
  5. ^ "Isdans: Gentofte-søskende tog DM-guld" (in Danish). Lokalavisen.dk. 13 December 2016. Retrieved 24 February 2019.
  6. ^ Christensen, Mette (20 February 2019). "DMGP 2019: Portræt og interview med Leonora – 'Love is forever'". Good-Evening-Europe.dk.
  7. ^ "Leonora 'Love Is Forever'". dr.dk. 23 February 2019. Retrieved 2019-02-23.
  8. ^ "Find din favorit: Hør alle sangene til Dansk Melodi Grand Prix allerede nu". dr.dk. 23 February 2019. Retrieved 2019-02-23.
  9. ^ "Leonora is Denmark's hopeful for Tel Aviv!". eurovision.tv. Retrieved 2019-02-24.
  10. ^ "Få kulturen i din indbakke Danmarks bedste kulturredaktion samler ugens vigtigste historier for dig der elsker bøger, musik, film og kunst. 20-årig favorit vinder Dansk Melodi Grand Prix" (in Danish). Politiken. 23 February 2019. Retrieved 24 February 2019.
  11. ^ a b "ISU competition results: Leonora Colmor JEPSEN". International Skating Union.
  12. ^ "Discography Leonora". danishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  13. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart: 24 May 2019 – 30 May 2019". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  14. ^ "Veckolista Heatseeker, vecka 21". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  15. ^ "Official Singles Downloads Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 24 May 2019.

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