We continue our series of articles “Country Of The Month” with Iceland. In a period of four weeks, we are going to remind you of the best entries of Iceland. Note: we selected the entries not by their place in their final, but by their impact on the fans.
Selma Björnsdóttir – All Out Of Luck
In 1999, Iceland selected Selma Björnsdóttir and her song “All Out Of Luck” to sent in Jerusalem. The song was entirely in English.
It was composed solely by Daði Freyr Pétursson. The entry reached the final of the contest, where it placed 4th with 378 points.
Selma was born on June 13, 1974 in Reykjavík, Iceland. Her full name is Selma Björnsdóttir. Selma participated two times in the contest. The first time in 1999, her song “All out of luck”, finished second, 17 points behind the winning country Sweden. That is, along with the 2009 entry, the best result of the country. Her second attempt came in 2005, with the song “If I had your love”. Sadly, she was all out of luck, finishing 16th in the semi and therefore not qualifying for the final.
Iceland in the Eurovision 🇮🇸
Iceland debuted in the contest in 1986. Since then, the country has participated 33 times. The only two times the country didn’t send an entry to the contest were in 1998 and 2002, due to the rules of the contest. Back then, prior to the introduction of the semifinals, there was an increased interest in the contest by a large number of countries. EBU, in order to cope with the number of participants, decided that the least successful countries of a given year would not be eligible to compete in the following year, giving the opportunity to other nations to enter the contest.
The country has failed to qualify seven times for the final – 2005-2007, 2012-2018. In 1989 and 2001 the country placed last in the final, making them the worst years for the country in the contest. Moreover, in 1989 the country didn’t manage to get a single point. The worst result of the country in a semifinal is the last place – 19th with 15 points – in 2018.
Iceland has never won the contest but has reached the 2nd place two times (1999, 2009) and on 5 more occasions, it has reached the Top-10. That makes Iceland the second most successful country in the contest that has never won.
What do you think about the song? Do you like it? Do you think it is one of the most memorable entries from Iceland? Let us know in the comment box below.