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Introducing 2012: Iceland!

All the entries for the 2012 contest have been selected and now My Eurovision Diary will introduce them to you!

Entrants: Greta Salóme & Jónsi

Greta Salóme Stefánsdóttir was born in 1986. Music runs in the family as her mother Kristin Lilliendahl made some records in her teens, and her grandfather Karl Lilliendahl was a guitarist and renowned bandleader. Greta began her violin studies in 1991 when she was only four years old and has never looked back. At thirteen she entered Reykjavik College of Music. In the autumn of 2004 she was accepted into the Iceland Academy of Arts, where she continued her studies. She graduated with a bachelor‘s degree in 2008. Currently she‘s working on her master‘s degree at the Iceland Academy of Arts and is studying advanced vocal technique called Complete Vocal.

Jónsi, or to quote his full name, Jón Jósep Snaebjörnsson was born in 1977 in Akureyri the biggest town in northern Iceland. He started singing at an early age and took part in a national college song contest before moving to Reykjavik in 1997. Two years later he joined the soul orientated pop group ‘Í Svörtum Fötum’ who dressed in black suits and white shirts and started his singing and songwriting career. The group had already abandoned the Blues Brothers image when they released their first self financed album in 2000. They made three successful albums and after a year long break released a “Best Of” album in 2009. The band is currently active touring Iceland. Jónsi starred as Danny with Iceland‘s 2003 Eurovision entrant Birgitta Haukdal as Sandy in the musical Grease in 2003 and other musicals followed during the next years. Jónsi represented Iceland in the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest with the song ‘Heaven’

Entry: ‘Never forget‘ (Mundu Eftir Mér)

The Song in the beginning was to be presented in Icelandic with the name ‘Mundu eftir Mér’ but was later translated to English, It’s penned and composed by Greta Salóme.

Tomorrow we will introduce the Greek entry, note that the entries will be introduced according to the running order!

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One comment on “Introducing 2012: Iceland!

  1. All right, I might as well leave some comments to get this blog going.

    Within the framework of its musical style Iceland 2012 is just perfect in every way. The music is dramatic, the lyrics fit perfectly (one of the best English language adaptations in ESC ever) and the voices are a perfect match too. The video clip is perfect as well, in fact, it is the most atmospheric video produced for this year. Beyond those objective facts it all boils down to whether you like dramatic male-female duets with a touch of the mystic or not. I do, and since Gréta and Jónsi already gave me goose bumps in the Icelandic national final, I expect them to be near the top of my list in May too. 12/12 and 3rd place on my pre-rehearsals list.

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