Birthe Wilke is a popular Danish singer, TV personality and actress, who twice represented Denmark in the Contest: in the Eurovision Song Contest 1957 with Gustav Winckler performing the song "Skibet skal sejle i nat", which finished in third place and in the Eurovision Song Contest 1959 performing the song "Uh, jeg ville ønske jeg var dig", which finished in fifth place.
When she was in her teens, she won a talent competition at the National Scala Theatre in Copenhagen, sang as soloist with Bruno Henriksen's Orchestra at Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, made her first recording, and was named "Denmark's Doris Day" and recorded "Que sera sera" in 1956.
In the late 1950s she toured Poland, West Germany and United States.
In 1961 she played a nightclub singer in the Danish film Reptilicus. She sang "Tivoli Nights".
In the same year, she won the award for best singer at the first international song festival in the Gdansk shipyard hall, the forerunner of the Sopot festival and Intervision Song Contest.
In 1966 she retired from public life, but made a short-lived return in 1973.
|Eurovision Song Contest 1957|
|Artists||Bobbejaan Schoepen • Danièle Dupré • Patricia Bredin • Nunzio Gallo • Bob Martin • Corry Brokken • Margot Hielscher • Paule Desjardins • Birthe Wilke & Gustav Winckler • Lys Assia|
|Songs||Straatdeuntje • Amours mortes (tant de peine) • All • Corde della mia chitarra • Wohin, kleines Pony? • Net Als Toen • Telefon, Telefon • La belle amour • Skibet skal sejle i nat • L'enfant que j'étais|