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Iceland Places Second: Eurovision Team Saluted

Iceland’s entry to the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest, “Is It True?” by Óskar Páll Sveinsson, performed by Jóhanna Gudrún Jónsdóttir, placed second in Moscow on Saturday, and the Eurovision team was given a hero’s welcome upon their arrival to Reykjavík yesterday.

From Austurvöllur. Photo by Jennifer Zoltek.

Thousands of people gathered at Austurvöllur parliamentary square and cheered Jónsdóttir on while she performed “Is It True?” one more time. The performance was broadcast live on national broadcaster RÚV.

“I think it is very important for Iceland to receive favorable coverage and good news, something positive,” Jónsdóttir said. The weather was sunny and warm, almost 20°C (68°F), and Morgunbladid described the atmosphere as at a “national festival.”

“All of us in the group are still trying to realize what has happened. It is very strange and we have to get used to the notion that we made such an achievement,” Jónsdóttir told Fréttabladid.

Iceland had not been expected to get this far—the betting house Oddschenker, for example, predicted that “Is It True?” would end up in seventh place.

The song will be included on a summer hits record that will be released in Sweden shortly, and some foreign record labels have expressed interest in signing Jónsdóttir.

Norway won a decisive victory in Moscow on Saturday and Azerbaijan placed third.

Click here to read more about Jónsdóttir and “Is It True?”

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