Posts Tagged ‘Eurovision Iceland’

Picture_3It’s not only true, but it’s also over (the madness, the excitement, the 24 hour schedule with no time to sleep, et cetera). But what a fantastic ride it’s been, and what a great payoff in the end! I couldn’t be more ecstatic about the results…

Iceland came in second, with 218 points, including ‘Douze Points’ from three countries: Norway, Malta and Ireland. Ironically, one of the co-writers of our song – the legend, that is – happens to be an Irish-born Brit, Christopher Neil. I have to admit, getting 12 points from Chris Neil’s native Ireland was rather special for us. I sat next to him during the televoting and clutched his hand tightly with excitement throughout.

After all, it wasn’t just about Iceland anymore, was it? It was about a great singer singing a song that Graham Norton, the BBC commentator (and a huge UK TV personality) referred to as “a real song” in a song contest. 

Countless TV interviews, shoots and meetings back to back – how does one leave such an artistic haven in the very heat of the moment? Truth be told, I should really be staying here for another week or so, but who could have predicted the outcome? The pre-ESC live primetime TV show, which broadcasted both nationwide and internationally, targeted  millions of Russian-speaking viewers that certainly helped. And singing the song in Russian, in front of my colleagues in Moscow, well, it was simply unforgettable!

What’s next, I wonder? Apart from a flight to New York first thing in the morning, as well as tons of work waiting for me on the other side of the world, it’s probably wisest to strike the iron while it’s hot, and not relax for a second. Otherwise, how often does one compete and, moreover, beat songs written by Andrew Lloyd Webber,  Diane Warren and Ronan Keating? I’m so proud of our achievement, and of course so thrilled with Yohanna’s final performance on the last night (and all the nights prior to the grand finale – she’s been amazing throughout!) As a young songwriter, I’m humbled, but I’m also over the moon to be on the same songwriting team with real pros such as Christopher Neil and Oskar Pall Sveinsson!

It really has been a thrill and a great adventure taking my friends, readers and listeners along on a special Eurovision ride to Moscow, but everything has to come to an end at some point. But, rest assured that when the next big opportunity comes along (and there are a few ideas in the works, more on that later!) you’ll be the first to hop on the train and come along with me. There will be new stories, new characters and more unpredictable adventures. Indeed, there is a lot to look forward to!

In the meantime, thank you all so much, from the bottom of my heart, for sharing this very special moment with me from Day 1. Don’t forget – Chapter 2 is just around the corner!


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latest-newsA few bits and pieces for those of you subscribed to the updates on both the Eurovision song, “Is It True”, and the club single, “Thinking of Someone Else”….!

But first things first…. this week’s Eurovision pre-chart ’09 week #2 !

This is a pre-chart of the Eurovision Song Contest 2009, which will take place in Moscow. In this chart all the countries are in the one and same chart. All the votes have to be updated within 2 weeks after a new song has been heard, until all songs have been heard.


1 Norway Alexander Rybak Fairytale 3325 143
2 Greece Sakis Rouvas This is our night 3288 140
3 France Patricia Kaas S’il fallait le faire 3248 112
4 Finland Waldo’s People Lose control 2906 52
5 United Kingdom Jade My time 2717 34
6 Iceland Jóhanna Guðrún Jónsdóttir Is it true 2484 33
7 Turkey Hadise Düm tek tek 2464 27
8 Malta Chiara What if we 2022 14
9 Denmark Brinck Believe again 1959 18
10 Cyprus Christina Metaxa Firefly 1588 11
11 Germany Alex Swings Oscar Sings Miss kiss kiss bang 1506 9
12 Montenegro Andrea Demirovic Just get out of my life 1473 6
13 Slovenia Quartissimo Love symphony 1378 18
14 Albania Kejsi Tola Më mërr në ëndërr 1374 7
15 Andorra Susanna Georgi Get a life 1255 9
16 Romania Elena Gheorghe The Balkan girls 1219 4
17 Poland Lidia Kopania I don’t wanna leave 1184 24
18 Moldova Nelly Ciobanu Hora din Moldova 1155 5
19 Lithuania Sasha Son Pasiklydes žmogus 973 17
20 Netherlands De Toppers Shine 944 8
21 Georgia Stefane & 3G We don’t wanna put in 801 8
22 Armenia Inga & Anush Arshakyanner Jan jan 715 10
23 Ireland Sinead Mulvey & Black Daisy Et cetera 675 9
24 Switzerland Lovebugs The highest heights 654 12
25 Bulgaria Krassimir Avramov Illusion 600 6
26 Belarus Petr Elfimov Eyes that never lie 517 1
27 Hungary Ádokzoli Dance with me 416 3
28 FYR Macedonia Next Time Nesto sto ke ostane 254 3
29 Croatia Igor Cukrov Lijepa tena 0 0
29 Latvia Intars Busulis Sastregums 0 0
29 Portugal Flor-de-Lis Todas as ruas do amor 0 0
29 Spain Soraya La noche es para mí 0 0
33 Bosnia & Herzegovina Regina Bistra voda 0 0

Last week’s #7 is now at #6 !

Moving on to the Eurovision semi-final selection reviews, here are a couple of the latest additions to the batch!

Eurovision Countdown 2009: Iceland

By Richard MacKinnon (Scotland)

There’s a joke (with various versions) going around at the moment concerning the financial meltdown in Iceland and the worsening situation in Ireland: “What’s the difference between Iceland and Ireland? About six months…” Iceland have never won the Eurovision, despite entering some excellent, professional songs. They’ve entered someone with real class and a decent song this year, but a part of me is imagining the Iceland government sitting with fingers crossed that 2009 isn’t their year.

Like all international events, the Eurovision costs a mint to host and quite frankly, Iceland has better things to do with its money right now. So let’s hope Jóhanna Guðrún Jónsdóttir gets a good showing with this song – somewhere in the final top 10 – but just doesn’t quite reach the top. Here’s a clip of the song itself: “Is it true?”

Now for those of you who speak Polish, below is the review about the Icelandic entry from Poland:

Single i ciekawostki

Najwcześniej wydanym na singlu utworem z ESC 2009 jest węgierskie “Dance with me/Tanclepes”, które swoją premierę miało już 6. października. Na singlu znajduje się węgierska i angielska wersja utworu (mp3 z tymi wersjami dostępne po lewej stronie pod terminarzem) oraz dwa remixy do “Tanclepes”. Dodatkowo na oficjalnej stronie wokalisty obejrzeć można teledyski zarówno do angielskiego jak i węgierskiego wariantu.

Na TEJ stronie można odsłuchać demo utworu “Is It True”, który w Moskwie wykona debiutująca wokalistka Johanna. W wersji demo słychać głos Tinatin, jednej ze współtwórców piosenki. Tinatin na swoim blogu zapowiedziała, że islandzka wersja eurowizyjnej piosenki nie zostanie nagrana.

Wkrótce swoją premierę będą miały remixy do bułgarskiego utworu “Ilussion”, stworzone przez Deep Zone Project (ESC 2008). Remixów do swojej piosenki nie planują holenderscy reprezentanci – grupa De Toppers. Singiel z utworem “Shine” zawiera tylko jedną wersję utworu. Na profilu MySpace Sinead Mulvey z Irlandii usłyszeć można jej wersję utworu “Love?” z 2005 roku.

The Eurovision Song Contest 2009 Encyclopedia has now been created and posted at the following link. To check out the info on “Is It True” and down the mp3 (it’s official!) visit the Eurovision encyclopedia right here.

Yet another lovely blog article featured on one of the most informative music, entertainment and current event blogs out there – Zero Gossip, and also a little something closer to home…..

Yes, “Thinking of Someone Else” club remix has come full circle after many stop-overs across Europe, it has finally reached NYC.

For more info, check out Club Kerry NYC’s Sunrise After Dark & Anthemic set lists at http://clubkerry.blogspot.com including a special download @ iTunes…

Just follow the link above!

Sunrise After Dark – The Set List (66:04):

1.Call Me (Original Short Version) – Shark & Sylvain
2.Teardrop (Aaron Fonzerelli Mcclelland Remix) – Eleze
3.Photograph (Kerry’s Teardrop’s in the Original Mix) – Alex M.O.R.P.H. featuring Roberta Harrison
4.Man on the Run – Dash Berlin featuring Cerf, Mitiska, & Jaren
5.Sunday Morning – Miqro & Maiqel
6.Ordinary Moment – Filo & Peri featuring Fisher
7.New Direction (Robbie Rivera Juicy Vocal Mix) – Robbie Rivera
8.Need to Feel Loved (Adam K & Soha Vocal Mix) – Reflekt
9.Miles Away (Peter Rauhofer Part 3 Final) – Madonna
10.The Fear (Stonebridge Explicit Club Mix) – Lily Allen
11.Made of Love (Push Remix) – Ferry Corsten featuring Betsie Larkin
12.Ain’t Nobody (2009 Rivaz Club Mix) – Kay & Stoxx featuring Mary Geras

Anthemic – The Set List (57:39):

1.Anthem (Original Mix) – Filo & Peri Featuring Eric Lumiere
2.Because I Love You (Dave Ramone Extended Mix) – September
3.You’re Not Alone (Club Mix) – Jose Amnesia Featuring Jennifer Rene
4.Come Fly Away (Soha And Adam K Remix) – Benny Benassi Featuring Channing
5.Get High (Nikola Gala Mix) – Chab & JD Davis
6.If You Knew (Original Mix) – Chris Lake Featuring Nastala
7.Can’t Help Myself (Sunfreakz Extended Mix) – Bellatrax featuring Sophia May
8.Self Control (Original Mix) – Dim Chris & Thomas Gold
9.Thinking Of Someone Else (Riffs & Rays Club Mix) – Tinatin
10.Shine On (Club Mix) – Filo & Peri (Hot New Track!)

That’s all folks, but stay tuned for more!! 🙂

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1211150330bzagjlJóhanna Guðrún Jónsdóttir won the Icelandic selection with “Is It True”.

At 18 Jóhanna is a relative newcomer to the Icelandic music scene but in true Icelandic tradition she has recorded some songs for children’s cds as a young teen.

Listen to the song and all other Icelandic contenders at the RÚV Söngvakeppni page

You can also listen to the original demo version by Tinatin at reverbnation and read all about it at Tinatin’s MySpace blog.

There is a little discrepancy though, RÚV only mentions Óskar Páll Sveinsson as the writer of the song, but Tinatin wrote it with Chris Neil and aforementioned Oskar Paul. Sort it out guys.

Tónlist has the album with all selections songs (digital), Eurovision CD out soon on Sena.

Special thanks to Jan @ the Moscow Collection !!


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eurovisionlogoYes, it is!

And moreover, it’s official – a ballad that I wrote a few years ago with Chris Neil and Oskar Paul (Óskar Páll Sveinsson) called “Is It True” is now in the finals for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, which, ironically, will be held in Moscow (although the song will be represented by Iceland – that is, if and when it wins the finals!) next May.

“Is It True” performed at the semi-finals by Jóhanna Guðrún Jónsdóttir won the 1st round of semi-finals by staggering 44.8% according to the official poll results.

The finals, however, will be televised live on February 14th – so till then, fingers crossed and if by any chance you happen to be in Iceland, you can cast your votes, too!

And for those of you who haven’t heard the original demo of “Is It True”, feel free to have a listen!

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