Ari Ólafsson won the ticket of the Icelandic national final Söngvakeppnin 2018 and will represent Iceland in Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon with the song “Our Choice”.

Ari is 19 years old and has been singing since he can remember. Ari has also been acting a lot and when he was younger he played Oliver Twist in the national theater and the Wizard of Oz in the city theater.
Recently, Ari has been studying music at Berghóri Pálsson’s Reykjavík vocal school. Even more recently, he got into one of the largest music schools in the world in London, the Royal Academy of Music.

His interests are obviously drama, music, dance, football, film and song writing.

[Verse 1]
All the faces you see on your way
Have a story they could tell
Tiny traces of life’s joy and sorrow
Why can’t we treat each other well

[Chorus]
We all have a choice we can make
There’s always a choice we can make
To help and to heal in different ways
Too many are dying in vain
Together we could ease the pain
If somehow we could ease the pain

[Post-Chorus]
In every single language
There’s a word for love and for blame
Different voices, cultures, and people, and places
Inside we’re all the same

[Chorus]
We all have a choice we can make
There’s always a choice we can make
To help and to heal in different ways
Too many are dying in vain
Together we could ease the pain
If somehow we could ease the pain

[Verse 2]
We’ve only got each other now
Don’t walk away and play pretend
It might as well be you
Who’s suffering tonight

[Chorus]
We all have a choice we can make
There’s always a choice we can make
To help and to heal in different ways
Too many are dying in vain
Together we could ease the pain
If somehow we could ease the pain

[Outro]
Together we could make a change