Do you hear them calling? That’s not an earthquake you’re feeling — it’s the news that Iceland will be back for Eurovision 2017!
Iceland’s national broadcaster RÚV has announced their country’s intended participation for the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest to be hosted in Ukraine.
The 62nd annual song competition will mark Iceland’s 31st time entering the contest. There’s been no word yet on how they will choose their official entry — however, they’ve used the popular TV song competition Söngvakeppnin to choose their entry every year since 2006.
Judging by all the RTs, our readers are well excited!
— wiwibloggs (@wiwibloggs) August 22, 2016
The Land of Fire and Ice is known for bringing strong, traditionally influenced pop songs that transcend the borders of their small nation and appeal to a wider European audience.
Much like its Cinderella success story at this year’s Euro football championships — which saw the smallest nation’s team defeating the best-funded teams in the world — Iceland’s potential stretches well beyond its apparent means.
As of late — at least when it comes to qualifying — the traditionally strong Eurovision nation has fallen into a fissure of glacial proportions. We are hoping and praying they can make it out for this year’s competition!
One of the biggest surprises of Eurovision 2016 was Iceland’s Greta Salome failing to qualify for the Grand Final. It came as a huge shock to fans and critics alike when her entry “Hear Them Calling” finished 14th in the first semi. The last time Iceland qualified for the final was in 2014 with Pollapönk’s “No Prejudice” — eventually finishing 15th.
Iceland has never won the Eurovision Song Contest — but has been runner up on two occasions — in 1999 with Selma’s “All Out of Luck” and in 2009 when Yohanna sang “Is It True”.