Following Australia’s fifth place finish at Eurovision 2015 in Vienna, rumours have swirled that nations from China to Kosovo will eventually participate, even if as a one-off. Plenty of other nations (and territories) seem keen to get in on the mix. As we reported earlier this summer, the the Faroe Islands has previously requested to join the EBU to pave the way for a Faroese act at ESC. But who could sing for the Faroe Islands (who many of you will know for their recent slaughter of 250 whales)? We’ve put our heads together and come up with five acts for your consideration.
Born and bred on the islands, this 41-year-old songstress rose to prominence by winning the Danish version of the X Factor in 2009. She entered the contest following a divorce, parlty to prove to her daughter that she was a strong woman. Mission accomplished. Her first album — a gospel EP called Revelation — preceded X Factor.
Brandur Enni moved to Sweden in 2006 when he was 17 years old and by 2008 he was singing in the semi finals of Melodifestivalen 2008 — against former Eurovision winner Charlotte Perrelli. He ultimately came seventh in his heat with his song “Lullaby”, so no final, but went on to work with the likes of Timbaland, Aleena Gibson and Benny Andersson. He also sang the theme song to the Swedish version of Disney’s High School Musical 3 — “Right Here, Right Now.” Right for Eurovision? We’d approve.
If you listen to Eivør‘s “Heyr Himna Simdur” below, you might hear shades of Björk and those crazy Sirens from The Odyssey. The 32-year-old singer has used her other-worldly vocals across jazz, pop, rock and folk, and sung in Faroese, Icelandic and English. She’s also made a name for herself in Iceland, having won best singer and best performer at the Icelandic Music Awards, which are normally handed to — guess who — Icelandic performers. You go grrrrrl.
Greta Svabo Bech
This Faroese diva has worked with artists including Italy’s The Bloody Beetroots and Canadian producer Deadmau5. The latter collab resulted in “Raise Your Weapon,” which was nominated for Best Dance Record at the Grammy Awards in 2011. She’s been going solo since 2013 and won Video of the Year for “Broken Bones” at the Faroese Music Awards.
BYRTA is an electro-pop duo made up of Gurdrid Hansdottir and Janus Rasmussen. Both enamoured of 1980s pop, they met in Iceland in 2012 and by 2013 had been named “Best Upcoming Band” at the Faroe Islands’ famed G!festival. Funk my life: I love this music!
The Faroe Islands at Eurovision?
Are you feeling any of these acts? On the off chance the Faroe Islands sang at Eurovision, who would you want them to field?