Paper (Svala song)

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Single by Svala
Released20 March 2017
Eurovision Song Contest 2017 entry
  • Svala Björgvinsdóttir
  • Einar Egilsson
  • Lester Mendez
  • Lily Elise
Finals performance
Semi-final result
Semi-final points
Entry chronology
◄ "Hear Them Calling" (2016)
"Our Choice" (2018) ►

"Paper" is a song performed by Icelandic singer Svala. The song was released as a digital download on 20 March 2017 through Ríkisútvarpið. It represented Iceland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, and was written by Svala Björgvinsdóttir, Einar Egilsson, Lester Mendez, and Lily Elise.[1] The song was originally released in its Icelandic version, "Ég veit það".[2]

Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

On 20 January 2017, Svala was confirmed to be taking part in Söngvakeppnin 2017, Iceland's national final for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. Both the English and Icelandic versions of the song were released on that day through the Icelandic broadcaster, Ríkisútvarpið (RÚV).[2] Svala competed in the second semi-final on 4 March 2017, with the Icelandic version of the song.[3] She gained the highest number of votes and advanced to the final, held on 11 March 2017.[4] In the final, Svala performed the English version of the song. In the first round, she earned the highest number of public votes and votes from the jury, advancing to the superfinal along with Daði Freyr Pétursson.[5] In the superfinal, she won over 62% of the vote, and was declared the winner, earning the right to represent Iceland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017.[1] Iceland competed in the second half of the first semi-final at the Eurovision Song Contest. The act did not qualify for the final, and was eliminated in semi-final 1.[6][7]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[8]
2."Ég veit það"3:00
3."Paper" (Karaoke)3:00
4."Ég veit það" (Karaoke)3:00
Remixes - Single
1."Paper" (Edvard Egilsson Remix)5:10
2."Paper" (Daði Freyr Remix)4:05


Chart (2017) Peak
Iceland (RÚV)[9] 1

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Worldwide 20 March 2017 Digital download Ríkisútvarpið


  1. ^ a b Agadellis, Stratos (11 March 2017). "Iceland: Svala Björgvinsdóttir Flies to Kyiv!". ESCToday. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  2. ^ a b Laufer, Gil (20 January 2017). "Iceland: Twelve acts of Söngvakeppnin 2017 announced and released". Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  3. ^ Granger, Anthony (30 January 2017). "ICELAND: SÖNGVAKEPPNIN SEMI FINAL DRAW COMPLETE". Eurovoix. Retrieved 14 February 2017.
  4. ^ Halliwell, Jamie (4 March 2017). "ICELAND: SONGVAKEPPNIN FINAL LINE UP NOW COMPLETE". Eurovoix.
  5. ^ Davies, Megan (11 March 2017). "ICELAND: SVALA WINS SÖNGVAKEPPNIN 2017". Eurovoix.
  6. ^ Jordan, Paul (9 September 2016). "Kyiv to host Eurovision 2017!". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 11 September 2016.
  7. ^ Jordan, Paul (21 January 2016). "Semi-Final Allocation Draw on Monday, pots revealed". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  8. ^ "Paper - EP". iTunes. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  9. ^ "RÚV - Vinsældalisti Rásar 2". RÚV. Retrieved 8 April 2017.