After bringing the Fuego to the Eurovision stage last year, Eleni Foureira has travelled around Europe performing her fiery banger. And her next project is to mix that fire with the ice of Iceland.
Just a few days ago RÚV announced the ten candidates in the running for flying the Icelandic flag in Tel Aviv. Today the national broadcaster announced that none other than Cyprus’ Eleni Foureira will be performing at Söngvakeppnin’s grand final on March 2.
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Eleni’s “Fuego” might not have taken the trophy to Cyprus but she sure made an impact all over Europe. Iceland was no exception, as “Fuego” ended up being the most played Eurovision 2018 song in the country last year.
With her coming performance, Eleni joins a growing number of former Eurovision participants that have visited the island up in the north in relation to Söngvakeppnin. Back in 2016 RÚV celebrated Iceland’s 30-year anniversary at Eurovision with 1986 winner Sandra Kim and 2012 winner Loreen as special performers, and they have been following the tradition since.
But that isn’t the only announcement RÚV has made lately, as they announced a new stage design for Söngvakeppnin 2019 last week.
This year’s stage was designed by a team of four Icelandic designers that got their inspiration from columnar basalt, a geological formation very common in Iceland. The stage will consist of both LED screens and LED lights, with the screens set up like pillars. The idea is that the screens will give the audience the feel that the contestants are surrounded by basalt columns.
Every technical aspect of the show will be of the highest quality, as RÚV has taken up the same graphic processing system that has been used in Eurovision for some years now. They also have a new sound system that gives the sound engineers better control and makes all mixing easier for them.
With both the news about Eleni’s performance, the stage design and with the improved technological aspect, it’s clear that RÚV is going all in when it comes to this year’s Söngvakeppnin.
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