Pollapönk, a kid-friendly punk band, has won Songvakeppnin 2014—and thereby the right to sing for Iceland at Eurovision. They’ll rock on with “Enga fordóma,” which translates as “No Racism” in English.
The band, which chose to wear brightly-coloured suits in red, yellow, orange and turquoise—had to square off against Sigríður Eyrún Friðriksdóttir in the “super-final”. Sigríður chose to dress like a 1920s flapper for her upbeat number “Lífið kviknar á ný”. Sadly for her all that jazz wasn’t enough…
Pollapönk was formed by two school teachers who wanted to create music that appealed to adults and kids in equal measure. Consider them the Toy Story of the Eurovision world.
As part of their victory they’ve also received one million kroner, which they can use to improve their song.
Do you have any suggestions about how they should spend their kroner? Judging from your Twitter comments, you definitely think there is room for improvement. Here’s a sample.
Iceland forget about your amazing record of never missing the final…
— ?Eu Vou? (@XxMariapink) February 15, 2014
— unla (@unlaisunla) February 15, 2014
During the first round of voting, jury votes and the public televote each counted toward 50% of the score. All acts had to perform in Icelandic. The two highest-scoring acts advanced to the “super-final”, where they had to sing in the language(s) they would sing in at Eurovision. The public was invited to vote once again. The jury was not involved in this part of the contest.
Pollapönk sang in Icelandic and English. Sigríður sang in English and renamed her song “Up and Away”.
The other finalists