Building on the success of our Best of the Big 5 series, Eurovision Ireland is now broadening its search for your favourite entries from countries across the continent, spanning the contest’s entire back catalogue – that’s well over 1500 songs!
We asked you which group of countries you wanted us to look at next and thousands of you voted. It was close, but in the end Scandinavia inched ahead – and we decided our first stop in the Nordics will be Iceland!
Iceland may be the only Nordic country yet to lift that glass microphone, but let’s face it – they’ve been responsible for some of Eurovision’s most iconic and eye-catching performances down the decades! From Yohanna’s dolphins, to Hatari’s BDSM aesthetic to Páll Óskar’s trousers, for a small country Iceland certainly knows how to grab Europe’s attention. Many like to theorise that had Eurovision 2020 gone ahead, Iceland would have won their first contest… sadly we’ll never know, but it’s certainly a question of when they’ll win, not if!
Iceland have participated at Eurovision 32 times, giving them one of the shorter back catalogues of the Nordic countries. But, we’ve still split the songs between Odd and Even Years depending on what year they entered the contest. So this week you’ll get to vote for your Icelandic Odd Year Entries – songs that entered in years ending in 1,3,5,7 or 9.
Don’t spot your favourite below? Don’t fret! Even Year Entries are coming next week! As always, the Top 10 entries from both semi finals will then go on to the grand final, where you will vote for your overall winner. Don’t forget, your winner will be entered in the Eurovision Ireland Hall of Fame, so what are you waiting for? Get voting!
REMEMBER! AS ALWAYS, YOU CAN VOTE FOR YOUR TOP 10!
Author: James Scanlan
Source: Eurovision Ireland