10,000 people have signed a petition to see an Icelandic children’s TV character to represent the country at Eurovision 2017 in Ukraine.

RUV has reported today that over 10,000 people have now signed a petition asking for Robbie Rotten to represent Iceland at the 62nd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. The petition which was started by Andrew McCarton, asks RUV to select Robbie Rotten from the children’s television show LazyTown. Robbie Rotton is played by Stefan Karl Stefansson who is an Icelandic television star and stage performer.

Mr Stefansson is currently undergoing treatment having being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in October. As part of support from viewers and fans around the world, a GoFundMe page was set up to support his living costs. Furthermore a campaign was started to get the song “We Are Number One” from LazyTown to go viral. Andrew McCarton stated in the petition that:

Of course we hope to see him in the competition in 2017, but his recovery will be a priority. I hope that if he can not be in the competition in 2017, he and RUV will reflect on his participation in the competition a year later.

LazyTown began in 2004 and was filmed in Iceland until the final series was released in August of 2014. The show has been broadcast in over 180 countries and has been dubbed into 32 languages.

Iceland will be selecting their entrant for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 on March 11, having made a call for songs in September last year. A total of 12 songs will be selected to take part in the two live semi finals, three songs from each semi final will be selected to go through to the final. The country will be hoping to return to a Eurovision final for the first time since the 2014 contest in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The dates of the shows are as follows:

  • Semi Final 1 – February 25
  • Semi Final 2 – March 4
  • Final – March 11

Source: RUV