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.
Greta Salóme – Hear Them Calling
In 2016, Iceland selected Greta Salóme and her song “Hear Them Calling” to sent in Stockholm. The song was entirely in English.
It was composed solely by Greta Salóme Stefánsdóttir. The entry didn’t reached the final of the contest placing 14th with 51 points. Despite its placing, the song managed to win on the special Eurovision Again show last December. At that show, non-qualified entries from the previous Eurovision contests entered an online voting an Greta won in a field of 26 entries.
Greta Salóme Stefánsdóttir was born on November 11, 1986 in Iceland. She is singer and violinist in the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. She has represented Iceland two times in Eurovision. In 2012, she competed in Söngvakeppnin, the Icelandic national final, and won it along with Jónsi. Their song “Never Forget” travelled to Baku and placed 20th with 46 points. In 2016, she won again the national final, this time solo. Her song “Here them calling” failed to qualify for the final.
Her debut album was released in 2012. Since then, she has released a number of singles, many of which entered the Icelandic charts.
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.