Ari Ólafsson has covered Portugal’s winning Eurovision song “Amar Pelos Dois”.
Icelandic Eurovision artist Ari Ólafsson has performed his own cover of Salvador Sobral’s “Amar Pelos Dois”, that won the Eurovision Song Contest last year for Portugal.
— Ari Ólafsson (@ALafsson) 22 March 2018
Ari is not the only Eurovision 2018 artist to cover the song, as last year Belgium’s Sennek recorded an English version, and Norway’s Alexander Rybak had produced a cover version once the Portugal’s victory came about last May in Kyiv.
Nineteen-year-old Ari Ólafsson will represent Iceland at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal. He was selected to represent his country after he won Songvakeppnin with his song “Our Choice”.
Iceland debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1986 and, aside from 2 years of relegation in 1998 and 2002, has participated 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 in 2nd on two occasions. In 1999, Selma missed out on victory in Jerusalem by 17 points, and in 2009 Yohanna became the most successful Icelandic entrant ever finishing 2nd in the final with the song “Is it True?”. She scored 218 points, yet still finished 169 points behind the runaway winner Norway.