Iceland in the Eurovision Song Contest

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Iceland
Flag
Member station RÚV
National selection events Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsins
Appearances
Appearances 26 (23 finals)
First appearance 1986
Best result 2nd: 1999, 2009
Worst result Last: 1989, 2001
External links
Iceland's page at Eurovision.tv

Iceland has entered the Eurovision Song Contest since their debut in 1986, except for 1998 and 2002 when prevented due to finishing outside qualification places the preceding years. As of 2013, Iceland is the only Northern European country that has yet to win the Eurovision Song Contest.

History[edit]

Iceland's best position at the contest is second place, which they have achieved twice: in 1999 when Selma represented Iceland with the song "All Out of Luck", and came second to Sweden's Charlotte Nilsson and in 2009 when Iceland returned to second place, where Yohanna came second to Norway's Alexander Rybak with the ballad "Is It True?".

In contrast Iceland's worst result is last place, which has been achieved twice to date: In 1989 gave Iceland its first last place, when Daníel Ágúst got nul points for his entry "Það sem enginn sér" and in 2001 when Two Tricky came last for Iceland, receiving just 3 points for their performance of "Angel".

With the introduction of semi-finals in 2004, Iceland automatically qualified for the final that year due to Birgitta's 8th place the previous year. In 2008, Iceland reached the final for the first time since then, when Euroband sang This Is My Life. Since the two semi-final system was introduced in 2008, Iceland is one of seven countries (along with Azerbaijan, Denmark, Greece, Romania, Russia, and Ukraine) who has not missed a final.

Despite these mixed fortunes, Iceland is the second most successful country never to win the contest (behind only Malta).

Sigríður Beinteinsdóttir has participated four times (as a member of a group in 1990 and 1992, as a solo artist in 1994, and as a background vocalist in 2007). Stefán Hilmarsson has participated twice (as a member of a group in 1988 and as a member of a duo 1991), as have Selma Björnsdóttir (1999 and 2005), Eiríkur Hauksson (as a member of a group in 1986 and as a solo artist in 2007) and Jón Jósep Snæbjörnsson (2004 and 2012).

The Icelandic broadcaster for the contest is Ríkisútvarpið (RÚV).

Contestants[edit]

Table key

     Winner
     Second place
     Third place
     Last place
     Automatically qualified to the final
     Did not qualify for the final
     Did not compete or was relegated
Year Artist Language Title Final Points Semi Points
1986 ICY Icelandic "Gleðibankinn" 16 19
No Semi-Finals
1987 Halla Margrét Icelandic "Hægt og hljótt" 16 28
1988 Beathoven Icelandic "Þú og þeir (Sókrates)" 16 20
1989 Daníel Ágúst Icelandic "Það sem enginn sér" 22 0
1990 Stjórnin Icelandic "Eitt lag enn" 4 124
1991 Stefán & Eyfi Icelandic "Draumur um Nínu" 15 26
1992 Heart 2 Heart Icelandic "Nei eða já" 7 80
1993 Inga Icelandic "Þá veistu svarið" 13 42
Participated Previous Year
1994 Sigga Icelandic "Nætur" 12 49
No Semi-Finals
1995 Bo Halldórsson Icelandic "Núna" 15 31
1996 Anna Mjöll Icelandic "Sjúbídú" 13 51 10 49
1997 Paul Oscar Icelandic "Minn hinsti dans" 20 18
No Semi-Finals
1998
Relegation from Participating
1999 Selma English "All Out of Luck" 2 146
2000 August & Telma English "Tell Me!" 12 45
2001 Two Tricky English "Angel" 22 3
2002
Relegation from Participating
2003 Birgitta English "Open Your Heart" 8 81
2004 Jónsi English "Heaven" 19 16
Top 11 Previous Year
2005 Selma English "If I Had Your Love"
Failed to qualify
16 72
2006 Silvia Night English "Congratulations"
Failed to qualify
13 62
2007 Eiríkur Hauksson English "Valentine Lost"
Failed to qualify
13 77
2008 Euroband English "This Is My Life" 14 64 8 68
2009 Yohanna English "Is It True?" 2 218 1 174
2010 Hera Björk English, French "Je ne sais quoi" 19 41 3 123
2011 Sjonni's Friends English "Coming Home" 20 61 4 100
2012 Greta Salóme & Jónsi English "Never Forget" 20 46 8 75
2013 Eyþór Ingi Gunnlaugsson Icelandic "Ég á líf" 17 47 6 72
2014 Pollapönk English "No Prejudice"
  • NOTE: If a country had won the previous year, they did not have to compete in the semi-finals the following year. In addition, back in 2004-2007, the top ten countries who were not members of the big four did not have to compete in the semi finals the following year. If, for example, Germany and France placed inside the top ten, the countries who placed 11th and 12th were advanced to the following year's grand final along with the rest of the top ten countries.

Voting history[edit]

As of 2013, Iceland's voting history is as follows:

12 points[edit]

Table key

     Winner – Iceland gave 12 points to a winning song / Iceland won the contest.
     Second place – Iceland gave 12 points to a runner-up song / Iceland was runner-up in the contest.
     Third place – Iceland gave 12 points to a third place song / Iceland came third in the contest.
     Qualified – Iceland gave 12 points to a song that qualified to the Grand Finals / Iceland qualified to the Grand Finals.
     Non-qualified – Iceland gave 12 points to a song that did not qualify to the Grand Finals / Iceland did not qualify to the Grand Finals.
Year Given Received
Final Semi Final Semi
1986  Sweden No semi-finals
None
No semi-finals
1987  Germany
None
1988  Yugoslavia
None
1989  Cyprus
None
1990  France  Portugal
 United Kingdom
1991  Sweden
None
1992   Switzerland  United Kingdom
1993  United Kingdom None1
None
Did not Participate
1994  Ireland No semi-finals
None
No semi-finals
1995  Norway
None
1996  Estonia Unknown2
None
Unknown2
1997  Cyprus No semi-finals
None
No semi-finals
1998 Relegated Relegated
1999  Denmark  Cyprus
 Denmark
 Sweden
2000  Denmark  Denmark
2001  Denmark
None
2002 Relegated Relegated
2003  Norway  Malta
 Norway
2004  Ukraine  Denmark
None
Did not Participate
2005  Norway  Norway Did not Qualify
None
2006  Finland  Finland Did not Qualify
None
2007  Finland  Hungary Did not Qualify  Finland
 Norway
 Sweden
2008  Denmark  Denmark  Denmark
None
2009  Norway  Finland  Ireland
 Malta
 Norway
 Armenia
 Belarus
 Finland
 Israel
 Portugal
 Malta
 Sweden
2010  Denmark  Belgium
None
 Belgium
2011  Denmark  Finland  Hungary  Hungary
 Spain
2012  Sweden  Cyprus
None
None
2013  Denmark  Norway
None
 Finland
 Germany

1 Iceland was illegible to vote at the 1993 pre-qualifying round, as voting was restricted to countries taking part in the pre-qualifying round.
2 The voting for the 1996 pre-qualifying round is unknown to date.

Commentators and spokespersons[edit]

Year(s) Commentators Spokesperson
1986 Þorgeir Ástvaldsson Guðrún Skúladóttir
1987 Kolbrún Halldórsdóttir
1988 Hermann Gunnarsson
1989 Arthúr Björgvin Bollason Erla Björk Skúladóttir
1990 Árni Snævarr
1991 Sigríður Pétursdóttir
1992 Árni Snævarr Guðrún Skúladóttir
1993 Jakob Frímann Magnússon
1994 Sigríður Arnardóttir
1995 Áslaug Dóra Eyjólfsdóttir
1996 Svanhildur Konráðsdóttir
1997
1998 Páll Óskar Hjálmtýsson Iceland did not participate
1999 Gísli Marteinn Baldursson Áslaug Dóra Eyjólfsdóttir
2000 Ragnheiður Elín Clausen
2001 Eva María Jónsdóttir
2002 Logi Bergmann Eiðsson Iceland did not participate
2003 Gísli Marteinn Baldursson Eva María Jónsdóttir
2004 Sigrún Ósk Kristjánsdóttir
2005 Ragnhildur Steinunn Jónsdóttir
2006 Sigmar Guðmundsson
2007
2008 Brynja Þorgeirsdóttir
2009 Þóra Tómasdóttir
2010 Jóhanna Guðrún Jónsdóttir
2011 Hrafnhildur Halldórsdóttir Ragnhildur Steinunn Jónsdóttir
2012 Matthías Matthíasson
2013 Felix Bergsson María Sigrún Hilmarsdóttir

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