The Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest expects that “one day” the contest will be held in Iceland.
Speaking in an interview with the Icelandic broadcaster RUV, Jon Ola Sand said:
“Portugal have never held the contest before this year. It also happens in Iceland. It may take many years but if you participate you can win the race and hold it… Of course, we come to Iceland one day. “
He added that the strength of Eurovision is the meeting of different cultures:
“Then different artists from all corners of Europe come to one place to celebrate music, diversity and what we are. It’s one of the best parts of the Eurovision competition. “
Iceland has participated 30 times in the Eurovision Song Contest since its debut in 1986 but is still waiting for its first victory. This makes it one of the longest-competing countries without a win.
This year, Iceland are represented by Ari Ólafsson with Our Choice. The nineteen-year-old will sing in the second slot in tonight’s first semi-final live from Lisbon. He will be hoping to end his country’s run of non-qualifications which goes back to 2014. The last time Iceland were in the final, Pollaponk finished in 15th place with No prejudice in Copenhagen.
However, according to the bookies odds, Iceland is the least likely country to qualify for the final during tonight’s show.
Iceland in the Eurovision Song Contest
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.