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.
Yohanna – Is It True?
In 2009, Iceland selected Yohanna and her song “Is It True” to sent in Moscow. The song was entirely in English.
It was composed by Óskar Páll Sveinsson, Tinatin Japaridze and Christopher Neil. The entry placed 2nd in the final with 218 points. That’s the most successful Icelandic entry along with Selma’s second place in 1999.
Johanna was born on 16 October 1990, in Copenhagen, Denmark to Icelandic parents. She is better known to her country as Jóhanna Guðrún Jónsdóttir. She lived in Denmark until she was two years old, after that she moved with her family to Iceland. When she was nine she started singing lessons. At the same time she signed a contract with a record label and released three studio albums. In 2009, she entered the Icelandic national final with the song “Is It True” and won it. She travelled to Moscow, representing Iceland in the Eurovision and came second. After the competition she released her fourth studio album. In 2011 and 2013 she tried to compete again in Eurovision, but didn’t win the national 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.