During his first rehearsal at Eurovision 2018, Iceland’s Ari Ólafsson served major face. The performance opens with dreamy close-up shots — he sings straight into the camera showing off those baby blues and really connects with viewers. He’s kept it simple in the sartorial stakes, slipping into a red shirt with high neckline and a shiny white suit. The shoulders feature red geometric detailing, which to our inexperienced eyes seem to channel something tribal or indigenous. Some of you have compared it to the lines on a subway map. Ari shares the stage with five backing vocalists, who lacked cohesion with their clothing. Only one — the song writer — seemed to match Ari.

Iceland has really gone back to basics with this performance, and it would have fit right in with Johnny Logan at Eurovision 1987. Fans of fireworks will likely find this too simplistic. But surely it will find fans among those who appreciate simplicity and strong vocals.

Ari Ólafsson — “Our Choice”: Reviews and Reactions

Iceland: First rehearsal at Eurovision 2018

Iceland: First press conference 2018

Read all of our Eurovision rehearsal reviews

Read all of our Iceland Eurovision news here

Photo & Footage: Courtesy of EBU & RTP

24
Leave a Reply

avatar
22 Comment threads
2 Thread replies
0 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
23 Comment authors
AngiePMr GoldPasadenapoe-tay-toe-chipsMiguel Recent comment authors
  Subscribe  
newest oldest most voted
Notify of
AngieP
Guest
AngieP

Great voice! The staging not the best. The outfit not my thing. He won’t qualify.

Mr Gold
Guest
Mr Gold

Almost nothing.

Pasadena
Guest
Pasadena

Sounds like an Irish entry. The only thing though is that Ireland hasn’t been successful with this kind of entry in the past 20 years.

poe-tay-toe-chips
Guest
poe-tay-toe-chips

…Oh no….he should’ve brought back the band he had in his national final and had them sing backup….it would’ve made the stage look less empty…

Thiago
Guest
Thiago

I like it! After struggling with sleep problems for quite a while, I finally found the song performance that will solve all of my sleeping issues!!!

Jamala
Guest
Jamala

The perfect song and outfit. No, I’m kidding. 😉

Sabrina
Guest
Sabrina

The staging and the costumes made it feel even more dated. Oh, Icelandic producers, why do you keep doing this to poor Ari? I agree that the suit aged him a lot. His vocals are good, he’s doing what he can to save their entry.

M_K
Guest
M_K

I kinda like this outfit. He’s just the kind of guy that looks good in a suit (so I guess that this is why he used to work in a bank).

Miguel
Guest
Miguel

Sadly the staging looks dated and boring. This reminds me the 80s.
Thumbs up for Ari giving his all.

beccaboo1212
Guest

Cheer up! You might actually get used to it! 😉

Miguel
Guest
Miguel

I am talking about the icelandic staging, not the arena.
I really doubt I will get used to it just from listening to it once again.

Radakiel
Guest
Radakiel

It’s.. in between meh and ok
I have flashbacks of Jonas Gardell from Melfest

Eurovision 1993
Guest
Eurovision 1993

Oh my god! The stage looks so bad and dated! It’s like Eurovision 1993. So disappointed with the venue. 🙁
PS: Portugal looks so old and rundown…

Esgalnor
Guest
Esgalnor

No, this does nothig with the song. Sorry, this is one of the few sure non-qualifiers.

Jo.
Guest
Jo.

That spot in the running order is just the last nail in the coffin.

George Vavatsis
Guest
George Vavatsis

Finally some truly great vocals in Eurovision!! I really like his dress too!!!

Pera
Guest
Pera

Maybe he will finish like Austria 2017. Azerbaijan 2018 look like Serbia 2017, and Iceland 2018 maybe be Austria 2017 , go to final thanks to juries.

usn9
Guest
usn9

Those ”ribs” in the back are lowkey annoying. Not a huge fan of the stage

esc1234
Guest
esc1234

Actually the whole package is basic.

Denis
Guest
Denis

Poor Iceland! Every Nordic country has taken a step forward except them.

Well well
Guest
Well well

Please bring back Icelandic troll queen Silvia Night . This is an intervention.

Roelof Meesters
Guest
Roelof Meesters

This was very boring. Him standing with the backing vocalists looked strange and nothing really happened (from what I saw) This is a sure NQ, and Im sorry for Ari because he delivered vocally.

Darren
Guest
Darren

Well, atleast Iceland is letting the song do the talking. Something perhaps other countries could learn from.
Sadly, I think Iceland is DoA this year but kuddos to Ari for being true to himself and giving it his all, despite all the negativity thrown at him and his song. I hope atleast that he enjoys this Eurovision experience for what it is.

Anitta
Guest
Anitta

It is a very cute song an a good vocalist also …but he is so unlucky to compete in a strong first semi …