Eurovision 2014

ICELAND Grand Final : Live Rolling Blog at 20:45(CET) – Just Refresh The Page For Updates

Söngvakeppninni 2014 Grand Final Rolling Blog. Photograph courtesy of RUV

Söngvakeppninni 2014 Grand Final Rolling Blog. Photograph courtesy of RUV

Iceland – Welcome to our LIVE BLOG for the Icelandic National Final for Eurovision 2014. the show begins at 20:45 CET and just refresh the page for our updates as we give you more than a one line comment – “Cause you’re worth it”.

Tonight you are in the capable hands of Elaine Dove who will give you her take on the show and give her predictions for the winner.

Show 20:45 CET – GRAND FINAL – VIEW HERE

Six acts  compete in the Grand Final in Iceland. Like last year 2 songs will be voted into the “Superfinal” where they will perform again to secure the votes of the Icelandic Public.

  1. F.U.N.K. – Þangað til ég dey
  2. Ásdís María Viðarsdóttir – Amor
  3. Sigríður Eyrún Friðriksdóttir – Lífið kviknar á ný
  4. Gissur Páll Gissurarson – Von
  5. Greta Mjöll Samúelsdóttir – Eftir eitt lag
  6. Pollapönk – Enga fordóma

Welcome to tonight’s Söngvakeppnin 2014 from the Háskólabíó in Reykjavik hosted by Ragnhildur Steinunn Jónsdóttir & Guðrún Dís. This is my first experience ever covering Söngvakeppnin so I have had to hone my “copy and pasting” skills for the night due to my Icelandic being non-existent!! I’m looking forward to it so I hope you are too. Settle back with a glass of vino and enjoy.

Well the co-hosts have enjoyed the first part of tonight – running around interviewing people about past Icelandic entries and their thoughts on the contest – they appear in a jovial mood – just a shame we have had no songs yet!!! I have high hopes for the next installment of tonight 🙂

OK here we go – and first up –  F.U.N.K. – Þangað til ég dey

Well FUNK sums this up perfectly. It comes over a bit dated for me but I find my self head bopping and feet tapping along with the boys in the same way I always do to Stevie Wonder’s Superstition. I also love the armography during the chorus – love a song you can wave to. Good performance and a fun way to start – hope this does well.

Next up –  Ásdís María Viðarsdóttir – Amor

Now you have to love a bit of arm fringing on a frock and Ásdís takes this to extreme lengths. She gives a very dramatic performance with a cloudy, mystifying backdrop, her face painted and a very repetitive lyric yet I found it strangely captivating. A haunting whistle in the background will be haunting the rest of my night I fear as it is stuck in my head.  A real different kind of song from Iceland – I liked it

Onwards with Sigríður Eyrún Friðriksdóttir – Lífið kviknar á ný

This is an infectious upbeat number. A couple of flapper girl backing singers add to the 60’s feel of this song – although the chorus reminds me of a song from the group MN8 – I Gotta Little Something for Ya 🙂 This song is fun, it makes you want to get up and dance and Sigríður gives a great performance. She smiles the whole way through and you can’t help but smile along with her.

3 totally different songs so far so it’s difficult to know what way the voting will go tonight

Next we have Gissur Páll Gissurarson – Von

And we have our first ballad. Powerful vocalist and a pleasant enough to listen to song but it is not a patch on last years winning ballad in my opinion. It is the kind of song you would expect Il Divo to sing and I think it would have benefitted from backing singers to give it more of a “wow factor” Was a nice touch having Vic Reeves playing the guitar though. Another good performance but not my favourite so far.

Ok moving on with Greta Mjöll Samúelsdóttir – Eftir eitt lag

OK now you have my attention Iceland – gotta love a ukulele at Eurovision. This song has a folky feel to it and is very catchy. The girls are like an Icelandic version of Timoteij and I think this is a great little number. They perform the simple little song with ease and their enjoyment of the song comes across well. My favourite so far.

Last up tonight is Pollapönk – Enga fordóma

If you like your Eurovision acts with a dash of colour then this is the group for you. I fear that there may be a gang of spotty youths in Iceland who are missing their multi coloured tracksuits and now we know where they went. Not your typical boy band but they certainly have the boy band choreography going on – just missing a fist pump and some chairs to rise off of at the key change. Energetic, fun and catchy – enjoyed it.

Ok so now for my predictions – we always know these don’t go well but if I had my choice it would be Greta and Pollapönk to the final with a win for Greta – but I must say I have enjoyed all the songs – well done Iceland. Now let the voting commence

It has been a long break – recapping all the songs several times and interviewing past performers. I have gotten my way through 3 bags of Taytos and 2 malteaser bunnies – hope the results come in soon before I’m able to balance this lap top on my belly!!!

So the results are in and into the super final it is

Sigríður Eyrún Friðriksdóttir – Lífið kviknar á ný   v   Pollapönk – Enga fordóm

Well they were 2 of my top 3 but gutted my favourite never made it through. I think Pollapönk may have this in the bag but you never can tell.

Sigríður Eyrún Friðriksdóttir is up first singing her song in English – “Up and Away” – it’s a fab number and I prefer it in English – great performance.

Now for Pollapönk – they sing the majority of this in Icelandic but change to English for the last minute of the song. . This is a real anthemic song and is my first guilty pleasure of Eurovision 2014 🙂

Finally the votes are in and the winner and heading to Copenhagen 2014 is Pollapönk – Enga fordóma

I think that will split the fans opinion but a great fun entry in my opinion – well done Iceland and thanks for a great (if a little long) evening.

Thankyou and good night – im off to get into my yellow track suit 🙂

 

LIVE BLOG

Author : Elaine Dove

Source : Eurovision Ireland

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