Daði Freyr the runner up in the Icelandic selection process for Eurovision 2017, will not participate in the 2019 contest as thousands of Icelanders call for boycott of next years contest.
In just over 24 hours, nearly 10,000 Icelanders have called on the national broadcaster to boycott the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Israel. The petition which was launched yesterday has seen thousands state their support for Iceland missing the competition next year.
One of the most famous names to state that they will boycott the contest next year is Daði Freyr. Daði Freyrv participated in the Icelandic selection process in 2017 finishing as a runner-up behind Svala. The singer had previously stated he would take part in the 2019 selection process, but has now decided against participating. The singer tweeted that;
We can’t imagine taking part in the fun that is Eurovision with a clear conscience while the Israeli state and their army use such terrible violence against the Palestinian people.
Yesterday, Skarphéðinn Guðmundsson stated that the Icelandic broadcaster expects to take part in next years competition in Israel.He explained that;
At this stage we are looking at the matter, location of the contest and the cost of taking part and other factors. But unless something changes we are looking to taking part in next year’s contest.
This year, Iceland was represented by Ari Ólafsson with Our Choice. Iceland finished last in the first semi-final scoring just 15 points, this included 0 points from the public vote.
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.