Icelandic newcomer María Ólafsdóttir might not have much performance experience, but her team are bringing out the big guns. The volcanic Hera Björk has been called home from sunny Chile and will support María on stage as a backing vocalist for the performance of “Unbroken” in Vienna.
Hera and her family moved to Chile last year in pursuit of new opportunities (though if she was also escaping the Icelandic winter, we certainly can’t blame her!) But now she’s back and will no doubt shake things up in Austria, Hera style.
The Icelandic diva has taken to the Eurovision stage three times before – twice as a backing singer in 2008 and 2009, and as a solo performer when she sang fan favourite “Je ne sais quoi” in 2010.
As we reported earlier, María’s two dancers from the national final were dumped, and now it becomes clear why. With the dancers gone, this creates space to have the four backing singers joining María on stage. With the slick video for “Unbroken”, it looks like Iceland are putting a lot of effort into their entry this year.
Welcome back, Hera! We at Team Wiwi have missed you. What about the rest of you guys?