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Iceland Places Last in Eurovision Song Contest

By Steindor Gretar Jonsson

A screenshot from RÚV. Hera Björk during the Söngvakeppnin final, March 2, 2024
Photo: A screenshot from RÚV. Hera Björk during the Söngvakeppnin final, March 2, 2024.

The final result of the Eurovision Song Contest revealed that Iceland’s entry received the fewest points of all participating songs. Singer Hera Björk performed the song Scared of Heights at the first semi-final on 7 May and did not advance, as she received only three points, RÚV reports.

This was Hera Björk’s second time competing for Iceland. In 2010, she finished 19th with her song Je ne sais quoi.

Controversy in Iceland and abroad

Switzerland won the contest last night with Nemo’s entry The Code. Croatia placed second and Ukraine third. The event took place in Sweden this year.

The contest was mired in controversy, both within Iceland and abroad. In the Iceland preliminary competition, Söngvakeppnin, glitches in the voting app triggered an inquiry into the results.

Hera Björk’s songwriter, Ásdís María Viðarsdóttir, withdrew from the competition, citing uncertainty about the results and Israel’s ongoing military action in Gaza. The Icelandic Association of Composers and Lyricists asked its members not to participate in the show unless Israel was banned.

Protests at the contest

Israel’s participation was criticised by multiple performers in the finals and by protestors outside the Malmö venue. Many have cited the precedent when Russia was excluded from the competition two years ago following their invasion of Ukraine.

The Dutch competitor, Joost Klein, was disqualified for alleged inappropriate behaviour towards a Eurovision staffer.

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