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Iceland
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Capital city Reykjavík
Population 312,900
Area 103,000 km²
Internet TLD is
Member station RUV
National selection events Songvakeppni Sjonvarpsins
Appearances
Appearances 25
First appearance 1986
Best result 2nd: 1999,2009
Worst result Last: 1989,2001

History

Iceland has entered the Eurovision Song Contest since their debut in 1986, except for 1998 and 2002 when prevented due to finishing outside qualification places the preceding years.Iceland’s best position at the contest is second place, which they have achieved twice: in 1999 when Selma represented Iceland with the song “All Out of Luck”, and came second to Sweden’s Charlotte Nilsson and in 2009 when Iceland returned to second place, where Jóhanna came second to Norway’s Alexander Rybak with the ballad “Is It True?”.
In contrast Iceland’s worst result is last place, which has been achieved twice to date: In 1989 gave Iceland its first last place, when Daníel Ágúst got nul points for his entry “Það sem enginn sér” and in 2001 when Two Tricky came last for Iceland, receiving just 3 points for their performance of “Angel”.
Sigríður Beinteinsdóttir has participated four times (as a member of a group in 1990 and 1992, as a solo artist in 1994, and as a background vocalist in 2007). Stefán Hilmarsson has participated twice (as a member of a group in 1988 and as a member of a duo 1991), as have Selma Björnsdóttir (1999 and 2005), Eiríkur Hauksson (as a member of a group in 1986 and as a solo artist in 2007) and Jón Jósep Snæbjörnsson (2004 and 2012).

1986


Iceland was present at the Eurovision Song Contest 1986, held in Bergen, Norway. It was the first time Iceland was represented in the Contest.
While the country had satellite television contact from other nations (the United States and Canada) since 1981, Iceland was not able to connect to other European nations before the end of 1985, meaning 1986 was the first year Iceland could send a delegation to the Eurovision Song Contest.The Icelandic national final to select their entry was held on 15 March at the RÚV Studios in Reykjavik, and was hosted by musician Jónas R. Jónsson.The winning entry was “Gleðibankinn,” performed by Pálmi Gunnarsson and composed by Magnús Eiríksson.
At the close of the voting it had received 19 points, placing 16th in a field of 20 competing countries. Iceland’s first-ever points were awarded to them by the Netherlands (who gave the song five of the eventual 19 points).
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Time flies by in the age of satellites
Faster every day, faster every night
Are you sometimes pondering over the bounced cheques
Perhaps you’re withdrawing too much from the Bank of Fun

Cheer up and tie up all loose ends
Never deposit, only withdraw
The sins that you never committed lie dormant
An uncashed cheque from the Bank of Fun

You should sing a little song
About the joy in life that’s in your heart
And let the world know that you have a house of joy
A cosy little song that can grab you at any time
You don’t deposit your empty blues in the Bank of Fun

You should sing a little song
About the joy in life that’s in your heart
And let the world know that you have a house of joy
A cosy little song that can grab you at any time
You don’t deposit your empty blues in the Bank of Fun

Cheer up and tie up all loose ends
Never deposit, only withdraw
The sins that you never committed lie dormant
An uncashed cheque from the Bank of Fun

You should sing a little song
About the joy in life that’s in your heart
And let the world know that you have a house of joy
A cosy little song that can grab you at any time
You don’t deposit your empty blues in the Bank of Fun

1987


“Hægt og hljótt” (“Slowly and quietly”) was the Icelandic entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1987, performed in Icelandic by Halla Margrét Árnadóttir.The song is a ballad, with the singer describing the end of an evening at a restaurant or a nightclub, at which point “We all disappear slowly and quietly into the night”.At the close of voting, it had received 28 points, placing 16th in a field of 22.
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The evening has passed far too fast
Outside my window night has come
The candles have all burned up
The glasses are all empty

Eyelids are like lead
But no one seems to understand
That time took its top-hat
As the pianist played his final note

We all disappear slowly and quietly into the night
Slowly and quietly, we walk along the path that leads to home
Once again, and once again

What is left are chairs, benches, tables
Broken glass, spoken and unspoken words
The silence finally gets its peace
Birds sing for the new day

We all disappear slowly and quietly into the night
Slowly and quietly, we walk along the path that leads to home

Slowly and quietly, we walk along the path that leads to home
Slowly and quietly, through the warm night
Once again, and once again

1988


“Þú og þeir (Sókrates)” (English translation: “You And They (Socrates)”) was the Icelandic entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1988, performed in Icelandic by Beathoven.The song deals with the singer’s idols, many of whom are European composers such as Debussy and Tchaikovsky. A number of Icelandic people are also named, such as Gunnar Thoroddsen and Einar Benediktsson – even strongman contest winner Jón Páll Sigmarsson. Special praise, however, is reserved for Socrates, “The Hercules of the soul”.
The song was performed first on the night (preceding Sweden’s Tommy Körberg with Stad i ljus). At the close of voting, it had received 20 points, placing 16th in a field of 21.
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I admire Debussy, I worship Tschaikovsky
And Einar Ben and Beethoven and Gunnar Thoroddsen

I worship Harold Lloyd, I worship Sigmund Freud
And John Wayne and Mark Twain and you and Michael Caine

Let’s all sing about Socrates, the Hercules of the soul
And about all of those who are desired by all
And who everyone worships and admires

I sing about Columbus and Solon Islandus
And Mendelssohn and Paul and John
And Jón Páll Sigmarsson

Let’s all sing about Socrates, the Hercules of the soul
And about all of those who are desired by all
And who everyone worships and admires

Hey… let’s all sing about Socrates, the Hercules of the soul
And the prophets but particularly those
Who are no longer here among us

La la la la la la la… la la la la la la la…
La la la la… la la la la…
La la la la la la…

Worships and admires

1989


“Það sem enginn sér” (English translation: “What No One Sees”) was the Icelandic entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1989, performed in Icelandic by Daníel Ágúst Haraldsson.At the close of voting, it had received the dreaded nul points, placing 22nd (last) in a field of 22. This was probably because the song was sung in a very lacklustre style, perhaps so Haraldsson could express his disdain at being awarded a cactus for winning the Icelandic national final.
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Light up my path, lustful old moon
Though the road seems clear there are things the eye can’t see
The world is full of people seeking happiness
That glows like gold in the light from the moon

Look again, into my eyes
Look again, I wait for you
Look again, into my eyes
And you can see what no one else sees

Everyone desires something they keep to themselves
I intend if I may, to have a secret with you
Light up my path, oh, you lustful old moon
Though the road seems clear there are things the eye can’t see

Look again, into my eyes
Look again, I wait for you
Look again, into my eyes
And you can see what no one else sees

Look again, into my eyes
Look again, I wait for you
Look again, into my eyes
And you can see what no one else sees

1990


“Eitt lag enn” (English translation: “One More Song”) was the Icelandic entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1990, performed in Icelandic by Stjórnin.
The song is a love duet, with the singers describing their desire to dance to one more song with each other.
It was performed eighth on the night (following the United Kingdom’s Emma with Give a Little Love Back to the World and preceding Norway’s Ketil Stokkan with Brandenburger Tor). At the close of voting, it had received 124 points, placing 4th in a field of 22, Iceland’s third best placement in the contest ever.
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With you, I become what I am
Wild when I’m close to you, you turn me on
I go for what I see
When my mind is set on something I become dangerous

One more song, with a genuine swing
If no one gets tired then dance till it ends
One more beat! Tones to toy with
It is aimed straight for my heart

With me, there is no question about it
When we meet halfways, we conjure up a brew
You’re so much fun
Somehow I spin head over heels

One more song, with a genuine swing
If no one gets tired then dance till it ends
One more beat! Tones to toy with
It is aimed straight for my heart

I’m free in your arms, we go where ever we want to
Let the magic of life take control

One more song, with a genuine swing
If no one gets tired then dance till it ends
One more beat! Everything evolves around that
We continue at a faster pace and never hesitate

We continue at a faster pace
And never hesitate, me and you, with nothing

1991


“Draumur um Nínu” (English translation: “A Dream About Nína”, sometimes known as “Nína”) was the Icelandic entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1991, performed in Icelandic by Eyjólfur Kristjánsson and Stefán Hilmarsson under the name “Stefán & Eyfi”. Although the song did not fare too well in the contest it has remained one of Iceland’s most popular songs of all time, still receiving regular airplay. An indication of the song’s enduring popularity is that when it is played in Reykjavik bars and nightclubs the patrons usually join in.
At the contest, it was performed second on the night (following Yugoslavia’s Bebi Dol with Brazil and preceding Malta’s Georgina and Paul Giordimana with Could It Be). At the close of voting, it had received 26 points, placing 15th in a field of 22.
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Now you are beside me, Nina
Caressing my cheek, Nina
Oh… hold my hand, Nina
For you know that I will never again
I will never, never again
Never again share a moment with you

It hurts to miss someone
Life goes on, but for what reason?
I do not want to wake up from you
Because I know that you will never ever
You will never, never ever
Never ever caress my cheek

When you appear in my dreams everything is sweet and good
I wish I could sleep for a century
Because the night only offers a moment with you

When I wake up, Nina, you are no longer here
My eyes open but there’s no one to caress my cheek

A day is like an eternity, without you
The night is cold and empty, without you
When the night comes I go to you

When you appear in my dreams everything is sweet and good
I wish I could sleep for a century
Because the night only offers a moment with you

When I wake up, Nina, you are no longer here
My eyes open but there’s no one to caress my cheek

When I wake up, oh… Nina, you are no longer here
My eyes open but there’s no one to caress my cheek

1992


Nei eða já (English translation: “No Or Yes?”) was the Icelandic entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1992, performed in Icelandic by Heart 2 Heart.At the close of voting, it had received 80 points, placing 7th in a field of 23.
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Doubts and uncertainties, often cause me troubles
Will you and I fly on the wings of love
Or will everything remain as they are?
The answers are in the air
But yet I hesitate

No or yes? Now or then? I will never decide
Awake or asleep, you’re constantly on my mind
No or yes? Off or on? It’s difficult to find the answer
Though I believe I’ll find it with you

You’ll spin me a web of adventure
If we ever become one
Still, it’s impossible to foresee the end of the tale and the answers

No or yes? Now or then? I will never decide
Awake or asleep, you’re constantly on my mind
No or yes? Off or on? It’s difficult to find the answer
Though I believe I’ll find it with you

My mind goes back and forth
I’m bewitched, yet still hesitant

No or…
No or yes? Now or then? I will never decide
Awake or asleep, you’re constantly on my mind
No or yes? Off or on? It’s difficult to find the answer
Though I believe I’ll find it with you

No or yes? Now or then? I will never decide
Awake or asleep, you’re constantly on my mind
No or yes? Off or on? It’s difficult to find the answer
Still I expect to find it
Expect to find it
Expect to find it with you
With you

No or yes?

1993


Þá veistu svarið (English translation: “Then You’ll Know The Answer”) was the Icelandic entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1993, performed in Icelandic by Inga.The song is a dramatic ballad, with Inga telling an apparently erstwhile lover that if he comes to her, “then you will know the answer”. She seems prepared to wait quite some time for this to occur.At the close of voting, it had received 42 points, placing 13th in a field of 25.
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Open your eyes, see where you are
I am and wait for you there
The mind carries you through another path but where
Still carrying on, questions starts to burn

I wait
You look for answers all around
Where does this journey end
For what are you leaving
Then years pass by
And leave a little advise
If you come to me
Then you’ll know the answer

Why are you running, searching far and near
I’m not hiding from you, I am everywhere.

I wait
You look for answers all around
Where does this journey end
For what are you leaving
Then years pass by
And leave a little advise
If you come to me
Then you’ll know the answer

I wait
You look for answers all around
If you come to me
Then you’ll know the answer

1994


“Nætur” (Nights) was the Icelandic entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1994, performed in Icelandic by Sigga.The song was performed in the Icelandic national final by Sigga’s sister, Sigrun, who had previously sung with her as a member of the group ‘Heart2Heart’ at the Eurovision Song Contest 1992. However, bosses at Icelandic television felt that the arrangement of the song would not lead them to victory, therefore a new arrangement was created for the Eurovision Song Contest final by Frank Macnamara, who conducted on the night. Sigrun was replaced with Sigga. At the close of voting, it had received 49 points, placing 12th in a field of 25.
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Nights, land of dreams
Dark blue sky above the horizon
Nights, there you are
There I drift in my dream

All that I wish for is woven in the white clouds
Grand thoughts, in the twilight it’s you that I enjoy
As night falls I disappear, where my mind takes me
Sleep beckons, lures me away
The path is clear

Nights, land of dreams
Dark blue sky above the horizon
Nights, there you are
There I drift in my dream

Everything that no one can see, I spot in the middle of the night
As I sleep I send you my message, yes
The silence carries such secrets, over there

(Nights,) oh… land of dreams
Dark blue sky above the horizon
Nights, there you are
There I drift (in my dream)

And tonight, silently, I am there
Still, soaring in my mind
Creep in, this time, I capture you

(Nights,) oh… land of dreams
Dark blue sky above the horizon
Nights, there you are
There I drift in my dream
Message to you

(Nights,) there you are
There I drift in my dream
(And tonight, silently)
Now in a dream
(And tonight, silently)
Now in a dream

1995


Iceland was represented by Bo Halldórsson, with the song “Núna”, at the 1995 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 13 May in Dublin. Icelandic broadcaster RÚV chose their entry via internal selection for the first time since joining Eurovision in 1986. Halldórsson had previously competed unsuccessfully in six previous Icelandic national finals (1986 – 1990 & 1992).
On the night of the final Halldórsson performed 7th in the running order, following Russia and preceding Austria. At the close of voting “Núna” had received 31 points (the highest an 8 from Denmark), placing Iceland 15th of the 23 entries.
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Now, if you want, the night will love you body and soul
Now, if you want, it will carry your secrets from your lips
Now, if you want, love is in your eyes so deep and blue
Now, if you want, we will love and desire

Oh, I know that all things come to an end, rain falls on green woods
And while you’re with me, I want to love you a lot
This night is ours, this kiss is for you
It will shed light on your tears, when in the morning I depart

Now, if you want, the night will love you body and soul
Now, if you want, it will carry your secrets from your lips
Now, if you want, love is in your eyes so deep and blue
Now, if you want, we will love and desire

Now, if you want, the night will love you body and soul
Now, if you want, it will carry your secrets from your lips
Oh, now, if you want, love is in your eyes so deep and blue
Now, if you want, we will love and desire
Now, if you want, we will love and desire

1996


Iceland was represented by Anna Mjöll, with the song “Sjúbídú”, at the 1996 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 18 May in Oslo.In 1996, for the only time in Eurovision history, an audio-only pre-qualifying round was held in March with all countries wishing to compete in Oslo (with the exception of host nation Norway who were exempted) hoping not to finish in the bottom seven places of 29 and face early elimination. “Sjúbídú” finished 10th with 59 points, qualifying Iceland for the final.
On the night of the final Mjöll performed 19th in the running order, following Finland and preceding Poland. At the close of voting “Sjúbídú” had received 51 points (the highest a 10 from Ireland), placing Iceland 13th of the 23 entries.
lyrics

(Shoobe-doobe doo)

Louis he sang alot shoobe-doo
Sarah and Ella too
Frankie he sang “New York, New York”
And shoobe-doo, shoobe-doo…

Did you hear Sammy, shoobe-doo?
Didn’t Nat Cole Sing along?
D’you remember Elvis singing “Love Me Tender”?
And shoobe-doo, shoobe-doo

Shoobe-doo, shoobe-doo
People understand it even on Skagaströnd and Timbuktu
Shoobe-doo, shoobe-doo
In the whole world, all together shoobe-doo

Dizzy he adored shoobe-doo
Adorably did few tones
And Billie Holliday on a late night sang much
Shoobe-doo, shoobe-doo

Shoobe-doo, shoobe-doo
People understand it even on Skagaströnd and Timbuktu
Shoobe-doo, shoobe-doo
In the whole world, all together shoobe-doo

The tones’ language in every soul
Sung with the feeling in our heart
No matter where, the singing will go
Gliding on it’s wings through space

(Shoobe-doo, shoobe-doo) Shoobe-doo….
People understand it even from Skagaströnd to Timbuktu
Shoobe-doo, shoobe-doo
(Shoobe-doobe-doo) Shoobe-doobe-doo

1997


Iceland was represented by Paul Oscar, with the song “Minn hinsti dans”, at the 1997 Eurovision Song Contest final, which took place on 3 May in Dublin.Although “Minn hinsti dans” did not do well at Eurovision, the risqué nature of Oscar’s stage presentation caused raised eyebrows across Europe and remains one of the contest’s most controversial and widely-remembered performances.
“Minn hinsti dans”, a contemporary pulsing and hypnotic techno dance track, was the first song of its type heard at Eurovision. The presentation was the most daring and overtly sexual yet seen at Eurovision, with Oscar sitting on a white leather sofa, openly caressing himself and giving louche looks into the camera, while four depersonalised young women clad in latex fetish outfits danced provocatively and suggestively around him.
It seemed too much for the national juries, as at the close of voting “Minn hinsti dans” had picked up only 18 points, placing Iceland 20th of the 25 entries. However, in 1997 televoting was trialled for the first time in Eurovision in five of the participating countries, and it was noted that 16 of the 18 points awarded to Iceland came from three of the televoting countries – Austria, Sweden and the United Kingdom – leading to the conclusion that the song could have done much better, had it taken part in a later year when televoting was in full swing.
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London, Paris, Rome, were just empty words
I walked the wide and golden road, blinded by love
False acquaintances, revolved around me alone
I had some caviar, it’s all too late now

For I take my final dance
And bid my life farewell in style
Yet I never regret a thing, never regret

Crystal champagne, pearls, porcelain
Diamonds for dinner, love for dessert
If I love today, it will be in the papers tomorrow
I take a bubblebath, drown my sorrows

And I take my final dance
And that’s how I bid my life farewell in style
Yet I never regret a thing, never reget

All that I get today, has gone away tomorrow

So I take my final dance
And that’s how I bid my life farewell in style
Yet I never regret a thing, never regret

1999


Iceland returned to the Eurovision Song Contest in 1999, after being relegated from the 1998 contest after Paul Oscar came 18th in the 1997 contest singing “Minn hinsti dans”.
For the contest Iceland entered “All Out of Luck”, sung by Selma Björnsdóttir and composed by Þorvaldur Bjarni Þorvaldsson, Sveinbjörn I. Baldvinsson and Selma herself.
The song was performed 13th on the night of the contest, following Poland and preceding Cyprus. One of the favourites to win, the song received 146 points, losing out to Sweden’s Charlotte Nilsson by 17 points, placing 2nd of 23 countries.
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Don’t work on a Sunday, don’t sleep on a Monday
Just think of a fun day when your life is getting you down, yeah
To get through a heartache, just picture a spring day
And play in the bright daylight a while
So give it a chance – you won’t regret it

‘Cause you know today won’t last forever, tomorrow has a brand new name
I’ll give you all that I can offer, the rest is all up to you, yeah

You’re all out of luck, if you wanna give up, you’ve got to let go of all your bad memories
Breakin’ it up means bringing it down, you need to get right back on track
‘Cause you’re all out of luck, if you wanna give up, you’ve got to believe in yourself
You’ll be fine ’cause you’ll be mine, so just wake up before it’s too late
And you’re all out of love, you’re all out of love
Hey yeah… hey yeah… oh yeah…

Don’t work on a Sunday, don’t sleep on a Monday
Tomorrow’s a new day, all the time, just waiting for you, yeah
From dawn until midnight, or asleep in the moonlight
You’ll always be all right just as long as you follow your heart, yeah

You’re all out of luck, if you wanna give up, you’ve got to let go of all your bad memories
Breakin’ it up means bringing it down, you need to get right back on track
‘Cause you’re all out of luck, if you wanna give up, you’ve got to believe in yourself
You’ll be fine ’cause you’ll be mine, so just wake up before it’s too late
And you’re all out of love, you’re all out of love
(Hey yeah… hey yeah… oh yeah…)
You’re all out of love
Hey yeah… hey yeah… oh yeah…

2000


Iceland was represented by August & Telma, with the song ‘”Tell Me!”, at the 2000 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 13 May in Stockholm.On the night of the final August and Telma performed 12th in the running order, following Cyprus and preceding Spain. At the close of voting “Tell Me!” had received 45 points (including a maximum 12 from Denmark), placing Iceland 12th of the 24 entries. The 12 points from the Icelandic televote were awarded to contest winners Denmark.
lyrics

With you in my life, it’s destined to be right
And I know that it’s true, girl, I was only made for you
So why don’t we make the pieces fit and pack our bags tonight?
And go wherever love will take us, we’ll make it all right

Tell me, tell me, tell me once, tell me twice
Tell me there is no compromise
We’ll be together all the time
So say you will be mine

Oo… with you by my side, I’m on a rollercoaster-ride
And I know that it’s true – boy, I was only made for you
Listen to me now, you’ve got to give me a sign
‘Cause I can’t wait here any longer, make up your mind

Tell me, tell me, tell me once, tell me twice
Tell me there is no compromise
We’ll be together all the time

Tell me, tell me, tell me once, tell me twice
Tell me there is no compromise
We’ll be together all the time
So say you will be mine

If you only knew all that we could do
We’d be together all alone, you and me
Like we were always meant to be

Oh… I don’t know if it’s fact or fiction
But I’m sure we’ll make the right decision
Look into my eyes now, baby, give it all you’ve got

Tell me, tell me, tell me once, tell me twice
Tell me there is no compromise
We’ll be together all the time

Tell me, tell it to me once, tell me twice
Tell me there is no compromise
We’ll be together all the time

2001


Iceland was represented by duo Two Tricky (Kristján Gíslason and Gunnar Ólason), with the song ‘”Angel”, at the 2001 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 12 May in Copenhagen.The national final was held at the studios of broadcaster RÚV in Reykjavik, hosted by Steinunn Ólína Þorsteinsdóttir.Among the other participants was Iceland’s 2003 representative Birgitta Haukdal.
At the close of voting “Angel” had received only 3 points (2 from Denmark and 1 from Norway), placing Iceland joint last (with Norway) of the 23 entries, the second time the country had finished the evening at the bottom of the scoreboard. The 12 points from the Icelandic televote were awarded to Denmark.
lyrics

(Oo… oo… na na na na…)

Came flyin’ into my life like a shooting star, so open hearted
Then I was just a joker, but you – the Queen of Hearts, and so we parted
But now I feel you closin’ in, you pick me up and take me there, oh…

Angel – show me a sign
Come shoot me with your arrow right through this heart of mine
Angel – show me the way
I’ll walk the straight and narrow, so hit me when I say:
Oh Angel – fly me away, yeah

(Oo… oo… na na na na…)

If love can be forever, minute or a day, it’s no illusion
I know I’m gonna find you somwhere in the clouds of my confusion
But now I see you closin’ in, you pick me up and take me there, oh…

Angel – show me a sign
Come shoot me with your arrow right through this heart of mine
Angel – show me the way
I’ll walk the straight and narrow, so hit me when I say:
Oh Angel – fly me away, yeah

(Oo… oo… na na na na…)

But now I see you closin’ in, you pick me up and take me there, oh…

Angel – show me a sign
Come shoot me with your arrow right through this heart of mine
Angel – show me the way
I’ll walk the straight and narrow, so hit me when I say:
Angel (oh… show my the way)

Oh Angel – show me the way
I’ll walk the straight and narrow, so hit me when I say:
Oh Angel – fly me away, oh…

2003


Iceland was represented by Birgitta Haukdal, with the song ‘”Open Your Heart”, at the 2003 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 24 May in Riga, Latvia. On the night of the final Haukdal performed first in the running order, preceding Austria. At the close of voting “Open Your Heart” had received 81 points (including maximum 12s from Malta and Norway), placing Iceland joint 8th (with Spain) of the 26 entries. The 12 points from the Icelandic televote were awarded to Norway.
Haukdal’s top 10 finish meant that Iceland was given one of the automatic qualifying slots for the 2004 final.
lyrics

Every time you close your eyes
I can see the light that you’re hiding
Like a shadow in the sky
Of an eagle’s wing when it’s gliding

Don’t be afraid, I’m not gonna run away
Don’t let it wait, until it’s too late
For what you have to say

Open your heart
Show me the pain
It’s all part of who you are
Tell me your dreams
Your hopes and your fears
Just open your beating heart to me

Everything you share with me
Turns a little darkness into light
And that is how we’re meant to be
Truth will keep the light shining brighter

Open your heart
Show me the pain
It’s all part of who you are
Tell me your dreams
Your hopes and your fears
Just open your heart to me

Reach out, I’m right by your side
Exactly where I want to be
The sum, of you and me, is we

Open your heart
Show me the pain
Show me who you are
Tell me your dreams
Your hopes and your fears
Just open your heart to me

Open your heart
Show me the pain
It’s all part of who you are
Tell me your dreams
Your hopes and your fears
Let go and just show me who you are…

Yeahee yeah yeea
Heyeyah… your heart

Let go and just show me who you are

2004


Iceland was represented by Jónsi, with the song “Heaven”, at the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest final, which took place on 15 May in Istanbul. For the first time since 1999, the song was chosen internally by Icelandic broadcaster RÚV. Jónsi was a member of the band Í Svörtum Fötum, and one of Iceland’s most popular male singers.
On the night of the final Jónsi performed 17th in the running order, following Greece and preceding Ireland. At the close of voting “Heaven” had received 16 points, placing Iceland 19th of the 24 entries. The 12 points from the Icelandic televote were awarded to contest winners Ukraine.
lyrics

I still miss you and it makes me feel blue
And I’m lost without those colours of you
I can’t think straight, I just wanna be
Wherever you are when you’re not here with me

Blend with my blue, those colours of you
Please help me to see it through, oh
This journey I must take alone
So just blend your colours with my blue

I lay down and cry and the rivers are dry
Oh, to unvail my heart when you kiss me goodbye
And when you set sail, fair winds all the way
So, farewell, that’s all I can say

Blend with my blue, the colours of you
Oh, please help me to see it through, oh
This journey I must take alone
Oh, so just blend your colours with my blue

And I know I’ll find my love tonight
I can feel you reaching out
I got this feeling deep inside
It’s in my head, it’s in my heart

I know your love tonight
And I know you’ll be by my side
I know you’ll help me to see it through
Oh, blend your colours with my blue

2005


The 1999 Eurovision Song Contest runner-up Selma was internally selected to represent Iceland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2005, and she performed the song “If I Had Your Love” in Kiev. The song is written by Linda Thompson and composed by Þorvaldur Bjarni Þorvaldsson and Vignir Snær Vigfússon.Selma Björnsdóttir was born in Reykjavik on 13 June 1974.
At Eurovision, Selma delivered a strong performance, but it did not live up to the expectations of most viewers. Many people believe that her performance suffered mostly because of the bad camera angles, which did not capture her performance very well and the poor choice of costume. Overall, Selma went from being a favorite to not even qualifying for the final.
lyrics

If I had your love
You would be
What most inspires me
Sacred soul
Fantasy
Brightest light
Guiding me on wings

You would be the heart inside me
What I’d wish
On a star
All to me
That is what you are

If I had your love
I could live my dream
Flying high above
Everything
If I had your love
You would light my world
That would be enough
I had your love

If I held you close
Feeling your heart beat beside me
Fast asleep
Wide awake
Every step
Every move I make

If I had your love
I could live my dream
Flying high above
Everything
If I had your love
You would light my world
That would be enough
I had your love

If I had your love
I’d live out my dream
Flying high above
Oh yeah…

If I had your love
I could live my dream
Flying high above
Everything

If I had your love
You would light my world
That would be enough
I had your love

2006


Iceland selected its entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 in a national final on 18 February in Reykjavík. They chose the fictional character Silvía Night to represent the nation in Athens with the song Til hamingju Ísland (Congratulations Iceland), however the song was performed in its English version at Eurovision as Congratulations. The song tells the story of how Silvía will win the Eurovision Song Contest and how she is better than everyone else. The song was considered a strong favourite from the moment the competing songs were announced. It is written by Ágústa Eva Erlendsdóttir & Gaukur Úlfarsson and composed by Þorvaldur Bjarni Þorvaldsson.
The European Broadcasting Union threatened to disqualify the entry if the offending word was included in the live performance , and although Silvía used it in the rehearsals, she dropped it for the live performance. Silvía’s personality is highly affected by narcissism and she sees herself as the most famous and talented person in the world.
It was eliminated in the semifinal, finishing in 13th place with 62 points and was booed off the stage.
lyrics

Okay

Hey you, super cool
I’m talking to you
I’m Silvía Night, shining in the light
I know you want me

Born in Reykjavík, talented
No hillbilly freak
I know I’ll win the fucking finals
All the other songs have lost

Congratulations Iceland, that I was born here
I’m Silvía Night and you support me
Eurovision nation will get a stroke when I come
I’m born to win this, rock it to pieces
Cool, cool, cool

My song, super cool, no nineties crap
It’s cool, okay, it’s not gay
I’ve come here to stay

And the other bitches are covered in pimples
But I’m more tender
You love me, you worship me (Pretty)
But still somehow so lame

Congratulations Iceland, that I was born here
I’m Silvía Night and you support me
Eurovision nation will get a stroke when I come
I’m born to win this, rock it to pieces
Yeah, yeah, yeah

(Iceland, congratulations Iceland)
(Congratulations Iceland, congratulations Iceland)
(Congratulations Iceland, congratulations Iceland)
(Congratulations Iceland, congratulations Iceland)

(Ring ring ring)
Hello, is this Iceland?
(Ring ring ring)
Congratulations
(Ring ring ring)
For having won Eurovision, okay?
(Ring ring ring)
See ya!

Congratulations Iceland, that I was born here
I’m Silvía Night and you support me
Eurovision nation will get a stroke when I come
I’m born to win this, rock it to pieces

Congratulations Iceland, that I was born here
I’m Silvía Night and you support me
Eurovision nation, I’m going for you
Will conquer this thing, get a rocking sum of points
Cool, cool, cool

2007


Iceland selected their participant using their national final, known as Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsins 2007. Eiríkur Hauksson represented Iceland at Eurovision with the song “Valentine Lost” (“Ég les í lófa þínum”). The chosen song is written by Kristján Hreinsson and composed by Sveinn Rúnar Sigurðsson.
At Eurovision, the selected song was translated into English as “Valentine Lost”. Eiríkur Hauksson performed in the semi-final of Eurovision on 10 May, failing to qualify for the final.
This was the third time Eiríkur performed at Eurovision, having represented the country for the first time in 1986, the year of Iceland’s debut in the contest. The second time, Eiríkur performed a song for Norway.
lyrics

I’ll let the music play while love lies softly bleeding
In heavy hands on shadowlands
As thunderclouds roll in, sunset is receding
No summer wine, no Valentine

A tiger trapped inside a cage
An actor on an empty stage
Come see the show
Rock ‘n’ roll can heal your soul
When broken hearts lose all control

Some rivers still run dry and jungles burn to embers
Gold autumn days must fade to grey
There is a reason why a haunted man remembers
One frozen night, his darkest day

A tiger trapped inside a cage
An actor on an empty stage
Come see the show
Rock ‘n’ roll will heal your soul
When broken hearts lose all control

A passion killed by acid rain
A rollercoaster in my brain
But how would you know?
In your satin, silk and lace
Another time, another place

A tiger trapped inside a cage
An actor on an empty stage
Come see the show
Rock ‘n’ roll will heal your soul
When broken hearts lose all control

A love let loose and painted black
A train stuck on a broken track
Well, I’ll let it go
Rock ‘n’ roll has healed my soul
The stage is set, on with the show

2008


Iceland participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 with the song “This Is My Life” performed by Eurobandið. It was chosen through Laugardagslögin, the national selection for Iceland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2008. The winning song of the final, “This Is My Life” by Eurobandið, represented Iceland in Belgrade, on 22 May, where they participated in the second semi final. Qualifying from this semi in 8th place, the song finished 14th in final on 24 May.
In the final they performed in 11th position, behind Poland and before Turkey where they picked up 64 points. Although ranking 14th, it became the most successful Icelandic entry since the Eurovision Song Contest 2003 where Iceland placed 8th.
lyrics

This is my life

I spend my days in vain just waiting
For happiness to come my way
I overlooked what I’ve been given
I opened my eyes, finally I realised

This is my life
I don’t wanna change a thing
This is my life
All the pain, all the joy it brings

All through the years
The blood, sweat and tears
Hopes and my fears
All that was meant to be
This is my life
What will be, will be

I realise that all my heartaches
Mmm… were a blessing in disguise
Oh, if I never made a single mistake
Oh, I wouldn’t be here, part of the plan, I believe

This is my life
I don’t wanna change a thing
This is my life
All the pain, all the joy it brings

All through the years
The blood, sweat and tears
Hopes and my fears
All that was meant to be
This is my life
What will be, will be

I found the key to let myself free
It feels so good, ’cause I have the power to change my ways

This is my life
I don’t wanna change a thing
This is my life
All the pain, all the joy it brings

All through the years
The blood, sweat and tears
Hopes and my fears
All that was meant to be
This is my life
What will be, will be

This is my life

2009


The final of the Icelandic national selection, Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsins 2009, will be held on 14 February 2009, with four semi-finals being held before-hand, on the 10, 17, 24 and 31 January 2009.The final of Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsins 2009 was held on 14 February 2009, and featured two songs that qualified from each semi-final.After each song had performed, the top two entries were revealed, being Ingó with “Undir regnbogann” and Jóhanna Guðrún Jónsdóttir with “Is It True?”. The winner of the contest was Jóhanna Guðrún Jónsdóttir, who will represent Iceland at Eurovision in Moscow.
Iceland participated in the first semi-final of the contest on 12 May 2009. Yohanna performed 12th in the running order of the semi-final.RÚV revealed that Yohanna was to be backed on stage by Friðrik Ómar, one half of last year’s entry Euroband, and Hera Björk, runner-up in Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2009 and backing singer for Euroband last year.The song qualified for the final, scoring the highest number of points in the first semi-final with 174 points. It eventually finished 2nd with 218, equalling Iceland’s best ever Eurovision performance set in 1999.
lyrics

You say you really know me
You’re not afraid to show me
What is in your eyes
So tell me ’bout the rumours
Are they only rumours?
Are they only lies?

Falling out of a perfect dream
Coming out of the blue

Is it true? (Is it true?)
Is it over?
Did I throw it away?
Was it you? (Was it you?)
Did you tell me
You would never leave me this way?

If you really knew me
You couldn’t do this to me
You would be my friend
If one of us is lying
There’s no use in trying
No need to pretend

Falling out of a perfect dream
Coming out of the blue

Is it true? (Is it true?)
Is it over?
Did I throw it away?
Was it you? (Was it you?)
Did you tell me
You would never leave me this way?

Is it true? (Is it true?)
Is it over?
Did I throw it away?
Was it you? (Was it you?)
Did you tell me
You would never leave me this way?

(Is it real?)
(Did I dream it?)
Will I wake from this pain?
Is it true? (Is it true?)
Is it over?
Baby, did I throw it away?
Ooh… is it true?

2010


Iceland selected its entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 through the Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsins contest, with the contest held over January and February 2010, organised by Icelandic broadcaster Ríkisútvarpið (RÚV).The final was held on 6 February, after a recap of the contest was held on 30 January. The six semi-final qualifiers performed again, and the televoters decided the winner. After the top two were revealed it was announced that Hera Björk was the winner of the contest with the song “Je ne sais quoi”, beating Jógvan Hansen into second place.
At eurovision,Iceland competed in the first semi-final of the contest, on 25 May, reaching third place and qualifying to the final, in which they came nineteenth.
lyrics

I am standing strong, I’ve overcome the sadness in my life
Now I look up and see the brightest sky above me
And it’s reflecting in your eyes

Je ne sais quoi, I know you have a special something
Je ne sais quoi, oh, something I just can’t explain
And when I see your face, I wanna follow my emotions
Je ne sais pas pourquoi

When the clouds are gone the stars come out around us, shining
And all that we see is the love, our hearts aligned together
Tell me, do you feel the same?

Je ne sais quoi, I know you have a special something
Je ne sais quoi, oh… something I just can’t explain
And when I see your face, I wanna follow my emotions
Je ne sais pas pourquoi

I just love this crazy feeling
It’s like I’ve known you all my life
Je ne sais quoi

Je ne sais quoi, I know you have a special something
Je ne sais quoi, oh… something I just can’t explain
And when I see your face, I wanna follow my emotions
Je ne sais pas pourquoi

2011


Iceland participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Düsseldorf, Germany, selecting their entry through the national final Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsins 2011, organised by Icelandic broadcaster Ríkisútvarpið (RÚV).
Sigurjón Brink was expected to compete in the semi-final, however Brink died unexpectedly on 17 January in Garðabær.Iceland sang in fourteenth position in the first semi-final of the contest, on 10 May, qualifying for the final. Alexandru Busa of Esctoday.com regarded the Icelandic song as one of the darkest horses in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest.In the final, the group got 20th, but also Hungary gave it 12 points.
lyrics

Some say I’m a bit of a fool
Sitting on a hill and counting raindrops
Keep thinking I just wanna go
To the peaceful place I know that I call home

But oh oh oh it’s time to go
I’ll see you, I’ll see you soon

‘Cause I can’t wait for tomorrow
To say the things I wanna say
Your smile will always lead my way
I can’t wait, I’m coming soon
I just wanna see your face again

Some say I’m a bit of a fool
Driving down the road I stop to listen
I hear your laughter in the trees
Your whisper in the breeze: “My love is you”

But oh oh oh it’s time to go
I’ll see you, I’ll see you soon

‘Cause I can’t wait for tomorrow
To say the things I wanna say
Your smile will always lead my way
I can’t wait, I’m coming soon
I just wanna see your face again

‘Cause no one knows his where or when
When my time on earth comes to an end
Then I’ll find you
And I know that you will be my love again

I can’t wait for tomorrow
To say the things I wanna say
Your smile will always lead my way
I can’t wait, I’m coming soon
I just wanna see your face again

‘Cause I can’t wait for tomorrow
To say the things I wanna say
Your smile will always lead my way
I can’t wait, I’m coming home to you
I just wanna see your face again
I’m coming home

2012


Iceland will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 and will select their entry through the national final “Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsins 2012”, organised by the Icelandic broadcaster RÚV.
During the Semi-Final Allocation draw which was held on 25 January 2012, it was announced Iceland were scheduled to compete in the first half of the first semi-final on 22 May.On 20 March 2012 the Running Order draw was held, which determined the order of which the participants performed. Iceland is set to perform 2nd in the first semi-final.After qualifying from the first semi-final, Iceland drew to perform 7th in the final.They came 20th with a total of 46 points.[7]
lyrics

She’s singing softly in the night
Praying for the morning light
She dreams of how they used to be
At dawn they will be free

Memories they haunt his mind
Save him from the endless night
She wispers warm and tenderly:
“Please come back to me”

And when the golden sun arises far across the sea
The dawn will break as darkness fades
Forever we’ll be free

Never forget what I did, what I said
When I gave you all, my heart and soul
Morning will come and I know we’ll be one
‘Cause I still believe that you’ll remember me

She mourns beneath the moonlit sky
Remembering when they said goodbye
Where’s the one he used to know?
It seems so long ago

And when the golden sun arises far across the sea
The dawn will break as darkness fades
Forever we’ll be free

Never forget, what I did, what I said
When I gave you all, my heart and soul
Morning will come and I know we’ll be one
‘Cause I still believe that you’ll remember me

Never forget, what I did what I said
When I gave you all, my heart and soul
Morning will come and I know we’ll be one
‘Cause I still believe that you’ll remember me

Oh, I still believe that you’ll remember me
Oh, I still believe that you’ll remember me

Flagthe real results

country year singer song pts position
Iceland 1986 I.C.Y. Gledibankinn 19 16
Iceland 1987 Halla Margret Hægt Og Hljótt 28 16
Iceland 1988 Beathoven Sokrates 20 16
Iceland 1989 Daniel Pad Sem Enginn Sér 0 22
Iceland 1990 Stjornin Eitt Lag Enn 124 4
Iceland 1991 Stefan & Eyfi Nina 26 15
Iceland 1992 Heart 2 Heart Nei Eda Ja 80 7
Iceland 1993 Inga Þá Veistu Svarið 42 13
Iceland 1994 Sigga Nætur 49 12
Iceland 1995 Bo Halldorsson Nuna 31 15
Iceland 1996 Anna Mjöll Sjubidu 51 13
Iceland 1997 Paul Oscar Minn Hinsti Dans 18 20
Iceland 1999 Selma All Out Of Luck 146 2
Iceland 2000 August & Telma Tell Me 45 12
Iceland 2001 Two Tricky Angel 3 22
Iceland 2003 Birgitta Haukdal Open Your Heart 81 8
Iceland 2004 Jón Jósep Snjæbjörnsson Heaven 16 19
Iceland 2005 Selma If I Had Your Love 52 30
Iceland 2006 Silvía Nótt Congratulations 62 27
Iceland 2007 Eiríkur Hauksson Valentine Lost 77 27
Iceland 2008 Eurobandid This Is My Life 64 14
Iceland 2009 Johanna Gudrun Jonsdottir Is It True 218 2
Iceland 2010 Hera Björk Je ne sais quoi 41 19
Iceland 2011 Sigurjón’s friends coming home 61 20
Iceland 2012 Greta Salóme & Jónsi Never forget 46 19

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