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Iceland: Ari Ólafsson – Our Choice

Following two semi-finals and, tonight's Söngvakeppnin 2018 final has yielded a result. Iceland opted to send Ari Ólafsson to Lisbon with the song Our Choice. Ari will perform in the first half of semi-final 1. Our Choice is such a let down for Iceland with its nauseating 'save the world' and 'love everyone' theme. It's what most non-musically gifted 6th-grade school kids write if required to. Actually, has anyone checked his ID? Despite the boyish 'mums will love him' looks, Iceland have few allies to count on. Moreover, the juries will absolutely hate this. And if Björkman is doing his job properly,…
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No choice

If Björkman is doing his job properly, this should be buried in slot 2 when the running order is published. 

User Rating: 1.69 ( 17 votes)

Following two semi-finals and, tonight’s Söngvakeppnin 2018 final has yielded a result. Iceland opted to send Ari Ólafsson to Lisbon with the song Our Choice.

Ari will perform in the first half of semi-final 1.

Our Choice is such a let down for Iceland with its nauseating ‘save the world’ and ‘love everyone’ theme. It’s what most non-musically gifted 6th-grade school kids write if required to. Actually, has anyone checked his ID?

Despite the boyish ‘mums will love him’ looks, Iceland have few allies to count on. Moreover, the juries will absolutely hate this. And if Björkman is doing his job properly, this should be buried in slot 2 when the running order is published.

It’s a momentous feat, Iceland, but you officially have the worst song in semi-final 1. Congrats!

Are Iceland just making up the numbers in semi-final 1? 

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13 comments

  1. Watching the video I thought you’d mistakenly posted Aled Jones doing a turn on Songs of Praise . Dated music, sickly, cheesy lyrics. My choice when this is performing in ESC Semi 1 will be to take a bathroom break. I’m pretty confident that come the final I won’t be confronted with the same choice.

    • I thought of Aled Jones while watching the NF too.

    • I liked his suit. It was nice. Good teeth too.

      Hearing this one made me miss Nadine Beiler. Iceland have served up a slice of cheesy Disney ballad that’s also a little preachy.

      It is something of a poor year so far though, and a song which lands its usp shouldnt be readily dismissed. Maybe qualifier. But probably not. But maybe….

  2. Certain non qualifier and could finish last in the semi. Iceland have really lost it of late.

  3. Probably the most certain NQ in semi final 1.

    • Its a very nice so to listen to while its on with an innocent likeable singer but I just don’t see a call to action when it comes to voting, why would you pick up the phone and vote?

  4. One thing you must remember with the running order Gav is that based on previous years Bjorkman rather than putting the worst song in slot 2 puts a song he dislikes or just doesn’t rate but also has a chance. i.e for example last year Malta probably had the weakest package in the first half and Bjorkman knew this so he had no fear about its chances of qualifying so instead put Austria 2nd because he actually thought it stood a chance of qualifying. I think this is the sort of song that will be put next to Estonia or another favourite that might appear later on.

  5. Catriona colville

    Dagur had a spine-tingling performance and was Iceland’s best chance of getting out of the semi. Iceland are DOA here. Likely bottom 3 in the semi.

  6. Third rate cute Johnny Logan impression, (or for older subscribers, search “Mother of Mine”, Neil Reid 1972…!)….

    Vacuous and so superficial it doesn’t even go skin deep…

    another year in the wilderness for the country that gave us Johanna in 2009……how fortunes change.

  7. Hilmar Hafsteinsson

    La, la, la, losers 🙂 You wouldn’t recognise a quality song even if it were born in your brain 🙂 Iceland is on top, deal with it!

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