After several weeks of anticipation and one exciting final in Reykjavík, Iceland has finally decided. María Ólafsdóttir will sing the English-language song “Unbroken” at Eurovision 2015 in Vienna.
During the competition itself, the jury and televoters had 50/50 weigh in after all the singers had performed. The top two finishers, who advanced to a superfinal sing-off, were Icelandic pop idol Friðrik Dór with “Once Again” and María. Once there, the jury had no say, and the final result came down to the public.
Maria, who placed first in our poll and with our in-house jury, went for gold — literally. She was the perfect pop princess bathed in yellow light and wearing a shimmering, glittery gold dress. Her backing dancers seemed a tad awkward at times, but her vocals were on point.
For his part Friðrik channeled Michael Buble with his soulful, Old World number. He wore a simple black suit with tie and crooned about a lost love and how he wanted her to take him back. At least he knows Iceland loves him…
Our jury awarded Maria an impressive score of 9.39 for the Icelandic version of her song, which is entitled “Lítil Skref“. Here’s how wiwiblogger Denise described it:
This song is amazing. When I heard it for the first time I already knew this would be my big favourite in Iceland and even in the whole Eurovision contest. Her live performance is also great. He has an lovely voice and she can reach all of the high notes. Really curious about the English version of the song, but I just know that Maria won’t let us down.
Review: Iceland’s national selection
This year’s Söngvakeppni was a close call, and according to most people, is probably the strongest national final held in Iceland for some years. Do you agree? Is Maria a worthy winner?