Angel (Two Tricky song)
|Eurovision Song Contest 2001 entry|
|Artist(s)||Kristján Gíslason, Gunnar Ólason|
|Composer(s)||Einar Bardarson, Magnús Thor Sigmundsson|
|◄ "Tell Me!" (2000)|
|"Open Your Heart" (2003) ►|
Angel was the Icelandic entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2001, performed in English by Two Tricky. Just like last years entry, a version was recorded in Icelandic but was not commercially released.
The song is an up-tempo pop song, with the singer calling on the object of his affections to come to him and "fly me away". It appears from the lyrics that the pair had previously been together, in a relationship which did not end well.
The song was performed second on the night (following the Netherlands' Michelle with Out On My Own and preceding Bosnia and Herzegovina's Nino Pršeš with Hano). At the close of voting, it had received 3 points, placing 22nd (equal last) in a field of 23.
Due to the rapidly expanding Contest, the decision was taken to restrict entry to the 2002 Contest to the countries that had finished in the top 15 of the 2001 Contest plus the countries that had been excluded from the 2001 event due to a low five-year point average from 1996–2000; neither group included Iceland which was therefore relegated from the 2002 Contest. As a "passive country" (one which broadcasts the Contest without participating in it), Iceland was permitted to return to the fold in 2003. Thus, the song was succeeded as Icelandic representative at the 2003 Contest by Birgitta with Open Your Heart.
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