Iceland: 10,000 fans want Robbie Rotten to sing at Eurovision 2017

He’s the star of the legenday kids’ show LazyTown. Now fans of the dastardly Robbie Rotten are urging Icelandic broadcaster RÚV to internally select the bequiffed villain as Iceland‘s entry for Eurovision 2017.

A little over 10,000 people have signed an online petition which encourages RÚV to select the character of Robbie Rotten as Iceland’s representative in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

British fan Andrew McCarton started the petition. In his letter to RÚV he pleads for an internal selection of Stefán Karl Stefánsson, aka Robbie Rotten, to represent Iceland in Ukraine this May.

Lazy Town hasn’t been in production since 2014 so where has this sudden enthusiasm for one of its characters come from?

“Here’s a little lesson in trickery”

It all comes from a meme that has developed around the song “We Are Number One”, which featured in the show’s final series. In the episode, Robbie makes three clones of himself to form a team to capture his archenemy Sportacus. His clones are having trouble being real villains, so Robbie writes a song to help them learn.

But it wasn’t until last September that the song went viral through videogame-related remixes and usage in Soundcloud mashups. This boosted the song’s views on YouTube to over 10 million.

When approached about the Eurovision petition, Stefán Karl Stefánsson, the actor behind Robbie Rotten, said to RÚV that he was extremely surprised when he heard about it. He said that it was magnificent that anybody would want him to represent Iceland in Eurovision, let alone over 10,000 people.

Sadly he does not intend to face the challenge of the petition as his ill health won’t let him. Stefán Karl is currently battling pancreatic cancer and is undergoing severe medical treatments. Since he doesn’t anticipate any form of recovery until next summer, he says that he would not trust himself to take on the challenge.

However, he wanted to express his gratitude for being given this challenge and for all the heartfelt wishes regarding his illness. He also encouraged Máni Svavarsson, the composer of “We Are Number One”, to write a song for Eurovision. Stefán Karl reckons all the Lazy Town fans out there would probably support an entry written by Máni.

Here you can see a video of Stefán Karl talking about the song after its sudden reappearance in 2016, along with a live performance of the song itself.

Would you like to see Robbie Rotten in Eurovision? Tell us what you think in the comments below.