The Icelandic entry to this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, “Je ne sais quoi” by Örlygur Smári, performed by Hera Björk Thórhallsdóttir, was one of the ten songs in yesterday’s semi-final that qualified for the main competition in Norway on Saturday.
Hera Björk Thórhallsdóttir. Photo by Ólöf Erla Einarsdóttir.
The Icelandic song, which was the last song performed, was also the last qualifier announced and so the tension in the “green room” was tangible. Thórhallsdóttir was thrilled with the results and told RÚV that she had cried like a beauty queen.
The other qualifiers were Bosnia-Herzegovina, Moldova, Russia, Greece, Portugal, Belarus, Serbia, Belgium and Albania.
This is the third year in a row that Iceland has been in the Eurovision final after many years of disappointment. Last year, Iceland’s entry “Is it true” placed second in the main competition.