Lots of us were happily surprised when Iceland’s Maria Olafs announced that she was bringing Eurovision veteran Hera Björk with her to Vienna. But some fans weren’t so keen and openly criticized Hera for playing a supporting role. Today Hera rightfully brushed the hate aside in a Facebook post:
I’ve gotten a huge amount of messages where I’ve been asked why I was singing backings for Iceland in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna – some of you seem to think that was inappropriate and strange, and some even used the term “beneath me”! An OK opinion but still so wrong and naive in my own opinion. To support and back up other people is NOT and NEVER WILL BE beneath me… And please hit me in the head with a soft hammer if you suspect me of thinking that highly of myself!
Hera Björk on the Red Carpet
She continued on this thought, letting her fans know that her role in the Icelandic delegation was as a mentor – singing with Maria was only a perk.
The reason I was there was to support this young amazing singer Maria, coach her, be a moral support and just to be there if needed in this stressful journey. To do so 100%, the only way is to accompany her to the stage and the BONUS was to get to sing with her while ON stage. The only ones with access to the singer after she/he leaves the dressing-room are those going on stage (in this case moi and my fellow backings) and the Head of Delegation, so everything is 100% thought of in a big, important project like this.
Maria Olafs on the Red Carpet
And she gave her haters a little schooling on what a good musician should do:
In my opinion, one of the most important things a musician can do is to step back, enjoy and watch other fellow musicians shine in the spotlight. It’s a beautiful thing and I’m forever grateful for getting the chance.
Hera Björk, we love you! We never doubted that your choice to back Maria was out of genuine kindness, and we don’t see this as a demotion at all. Je ne sais pas porquoi these haters would give such hateful comments, but keep shaking it off! You know best, Hera!