Iceland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006

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Eurovision Song Contest 2006
Country  Iceland
National selection
Selection process Laugardagslögin 2006
Selection date(s) Semi-finals
21 January 2006
28 January 2006
4 February 2006
Final
18 February 2006
Selected entrant Silvia Night
Selected song "Congratulations"
Finals performance
Semi-final result Failed to qualify (13th, 62 points)
Iceland in the Eurovision Song Contest
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Iceland selected its entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 in a national final on 18 February in Reykjavík. They chose the fictional character Silvía Night to represent the nation in Athens with the song Til hamingju Ísland (Congratulations Iceland), however the song was performed in its English version at Eurovision as Congratulations. The song tells the story of how Silvía will win the Eurovision Song Contest and how she is better than everyone else. The song was considered a strong favourite from the moment the competing songs were announced. It is written by Ágústa Eva Erlendsdóttir & Gaukur Úlfarsson and composed by Þorvaldur Bjarni Þorvaldsson. The English version of the song caused some controversy as the preview video for the song contained a swear word, even though this was not included in the official version of the lyrics. The European Broadcasting Union threatened to disqualify the entry if the offending word was included in the live performance [1], and although Silvía used it in the rehearsals, she dropped it for the live performance.

Silvía Nótt is a fictional character in Sjáumst með Silvíu Nótt, an extremely popular Icelandic semi-reality show on the TV channel Skjár 1. Ágústa Eva Erlendsdóttir, singer for band Ske and an actress, and Gaukur Úlfarsson decided to invent a character that brought out all the worst things in human behaviour in modern society. Silvía's personality is highly affected by narcissism and she sees herself as the most famous and talented person in the world.

It was eliminated in the semifinal, finishing in 13th place with 62 points and was booed off the stage.

Result of National Final[edit]

Song English translation Artist Votes Result
1 Eldur nýr A new fire Ardís Ólöf - -
2 Stundin - staðurinn The time - the place Edgar Smári Atlason & Þóra Gísladóttir - -
3 Útópía Utopia Dísella Lárusdóttir - 5
4 Flottur karl, Sæmi rokk Cool man, Sami rock Magni Ásgeirsson - -
5 Það sem verður That what comes Friðrik Ómar 9942 3
6 Sést það ekki á mér? Don't you see it on me Matthías Matthíasson - -
7 100% hamingja 100% happiness Heiða - -
8 Strengjadans String dance Davíð Olgeirsson - -
9 Andvaka Sleepless Guðrún Árný Karlsdóttir - 6
10 Hjartaþrá Hearts desire Sigurjón Brink - -
11 Til hamingju Ísland Congratulations Iceland Silvía Nótt 70190 1
12 Á ég? Should I? Bjartmar Þórðarson - -
13 Mynd af þér A picture of you Birgitta Haukdal - 4
14 100% 100% Rúna Stefánsdóttir & Brynjar Már Valdimarsson - 7
15 Þér við hlið At your side Regína Ósk 30018 2

At Eurovision[edit]

Points Awarded by Iceland[edit]

Points Awarded to Iceland[edit]

Points Awarded to Iceland (Semi-Final)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

See also[edit]