Iceland: National broadcaster confirms Eurovision 2019 participation
Not long after Netta’s win in Lisbon for Israel , strong reactions arouse in Iceland asking for the country to boycott the next Eurovision Song Contest if that was to be held in Israel. However the same day city and dates are announced the Icelandic national broadcaster confirmed its participation in the next edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.
It seems that the initial objections to an Israli hosting of the comepetition weren’t strong enough to reverse things and lead the nordic country away from the next Eurovision Song Contest. The Icelandic national broadcaster , RUV, confirmed that the country will be present in Tel Aviv for the next Eurovision.
The Nordic country, which debuted in Eurovision in 1986, was only absent at two editions of the contest, in 1998 and 2002, and that was due to low rankings that its entries received. Its best results were achieve in 1999 with Selma and in 2009 with Yohana, when the country finished in the 2nd place.
Iceland this year was represented by Ari Ólafsson and his entry Our Choice. Unfortunately, he didn’t make it to the grand final which was the consecutive fourth time the country failed to qualify.