Svala will represent Iceland at Eurovision 2017

Svala will represent Iceland at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest after winning the country’s national selection – ‘Söngvakeppin’. Her song ‘Paper’ won over the viewing public as well as the jury. After competing against eleven other acts the top two then had to perform again for the public. Svala managed to hold on the the lead and she won the contest.

‘Paper’ is an edgy, modern song with a chorus which is sure to get stuck in everyone’s head. From last night’s performance we can expect the staging to be first class on the night.

You can watch Svala performing ‘Paper below:

Svala has been in the music industry since the nineties when she was in a band. In 1999 she signed a record deal with EMI and Priority Records, releasing her debut album The Real Me. The single of the same title reached the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart. After this, Svala formed a band called Steel Lord with her brother and now husband. The band have since toured all over the world and have had their music featured on popular American shows.

Iceland at Eurovision

Iceland have never won the contest. However, they have finished in second place on two occasions – in 1999 with Selma and in 2009 with Yohanna. They have failed to qualify for the final in the last two years so will be hoping Svala and her song ‘Paper’ can turn things around for them.

The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 is set to be a competitive year once again. It will take place in Kyiv, Ukraine after Jamala won with “1944” last year.

With under three months to go, many countries have selected their acts for this year’s contest. These are the acts who have been announced so far: Cyprus’ HovigThe Netherlands’ O’G3NEBelgium’s BlancheMacedonia’s Jana BurceskaAzerbaijan’s DiHaj, Ireland’s Brendan MurrayAustria’s Nathan TrentAlbania’s LinditaArmenia’s ArtsvikMontenegro’s Slavko KalezicGreece’s Demy, Georgia’s Tako GachechiladzeBelarus’ NaviThe United Kingdom’s Lucie JonesFinland’s Norma JohnSwitzerland’s Timebelle, Germany’s Levina, France’s Alma, Spain’s Manel NavarroItaly’s Francesco GabbaniIsrael’s Imri Ziv, Czech Republic’s Martina BártaCroatia’s Jacques HoudekMalta’s Claudia FanielloPoland’s Kasia MosHungary’s Joci Pápai, Slovenia’s Omar NaberDenmark’s Anja NissenMoldova’s SunStroke ProjectUkraine’s O.TorvaldLatvia’s Triana ParkSerbia’s Tijana BogicevicEstonia’s Koit Toome & LauraRomania’s Ilinca feat. Alex Florea, Portugal’s Salvador SobralAustralia’s IsaiahLithuania’s Fusedmarc and Norway’s Jowst.

The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 semi-finals will take place on 9 May 2017 and 11 May 2017, with the grand final expected to take place on 13 May 2017.

Let us know your thoughts on Iceland’s selection. Do you think they have a chance of making the final and winning the competition? You can tweet us @CelebMix.

Written by Lynn Macgillivray

I'm Lynn - a writer, accountant and lover of all things music (especially a good boyband). Twitter: @xxitslynn
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