RÚV the Icelandic national broadcaster has expressed their disappointment at the leaks occurring from the technical rehearsals at Eurovision 2017.
Felix Bergsson from the Icelandic broadcaster stated that a section of the Icelandic performance was revealed on YouTube yesterday from within the arena. RÚV has informed the organisers of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 and the organisers are dealing with the case.
Mr Bergsson stated that the clip did not show the full performance, but did showcase graphics for the performance which they had hoped would not be revealed before the rehearsals. Technical rehearsals are held in the two weeks before the delegations arrive at the contest and are used to provide each delegation an overview of how their performance will look before their first rehearsal.
Mr Bergsson commented that:
There has been someone in the hall that should not be there, film the item and simply put the video on the net.
Iceland is not the only nation to have seen sections of their performance uploaded online during the closed technical rehearsals. Snippets of the performances from both Belgium and Armenia have made it onto Instagram. RTBF in Belgium and AMPTV in Armenia have not commented publicly on the leaking of their respective performances.
Iceland is being represented by Svala with the song “Paper” in Kyiv, Ukraine. Svala has an impressive career that has seen her travel the world since she broke through into the music world in the mid 90s. From the start of her career she quickly established herself as one of the most in demand singers in Iceland and in 2001 released her debut album “The Real Me”.
The daughter of established sing Björgvin Halldórsson she is no stranger to the world of musical talent shows and has Eurovision running in her veins. Her farther Björgvin represented Iceland at the Eurovision Song Contest 1995 with the song “Nuna”. In recent years she has been a judge on the Voice of Iceland, the show in recent years has launched a number of artists who competed in this years Icelandic selection.
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Iceland debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1986 and has participated annually every year since. The contest is incredibly popular in Iceland, regularly being one of the most watched programmes of the year. Iceland has yet to win the contest, but has finished 2nd twice in the contest. In 1999, Selma missed out on victory in Jerusalem by 17 points. In 2009, Yohanna became the most successful Icelandic entrant ever finishing 2nd in the final with the song “Is it True?”, scoring 218 points; this however was still 169 points behind the winners Norway.