SJONNI’S FRIENDS : Coming Home
Iceland’s entry for Eurovision 2011 is sadly tinged with tragedy. The track ‘Aftur heim’ (‘Coming Home’) was written by – and to be performed by – local artist Sigurjón Brink. However on January 17, less than one month shy of the national Eurovision selection show ‘Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsins’, the singer passed away in his home after suffering a stroke.
Sigurjón’s family decided that it would be a fitting tribute for his song to remain in the competition, so the group Sigurjón’s Friends (Sjonni’s Friends) was given the honour of performing it for Iceland in the first semi-final, to be held on May 10.
Tragedy aside, the track itself is a heartfelt tale of emotions in the journey home to a loved one. Plenty of warmth to be found here.