Don’t worry: That noise you heard from Iceland wasn’t another volcanic eruption, but the collective sigh of Icelandic Eurovision fans after María Ólafs failed to qualify with “Unbroken”. Whilst some critics worried about María’s staging and her vocals ahead of semi final 2, the result was still surprising given Iceland’s history of making it to the final every year since 2008.
Naturally María felt the sting and avoided the press centre after the results. In her place, Hera Björk, Alma and Friðrik Dór (her backing singers) came to speak to the media. Hera admitted that the entire team was shocked and surprised, and are staying philosophical about it all. “That’s Eurovision for you,” she said. “We did our very very best, but unfortunately, that wasn’t enough. But we’re proud of María.”
As the night progressed María opened up, leaving a message on her Facebook page. “A few months ago, I was an unknown girl,” she wrote, adding that she was too shy to perform, yet had just been on stage in front of millions. She says she could have performed better but “sang (her) ass off” in the three minutes she performed.
Quoting Taylor Swift, María then told her haters to “shake it off” and that her career was “just beginning”, before sending her support to Australia’s Guy Sebastian ahead of Saturday’s final.
This girl is looking ahead and we can’t wait to see what follows. Do you think María should have qualified? Let us know in the comments or on our Twitter page.