It’s hard to believe, but it’s almost Eurovision season again!
Yes, in just six weeks time, the pop-loving eyes of Europe will be firmly fixed on the Swedish city of Malmö, as 39 countries from across the region compete for the most coveted prize in music – the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest.
As always, the competition is split into three finals; the two semi finals (to be held on May 14 and 16) and the grand final (on May 18), in which the victorious countries from the two semi-finals will line up alongside the host nation Sweden and the “big five” of the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
Today, we take our first look at one of the entrants who’ll be hoping to bring home the trophy in 2013.
EYTHOR INGI : Ég á Líf
Clearly the gang at Eurovision has decided that the Anglicised version of Eythor’s real name Eyþór Ingi Gunnlaugsson is a lot more palatable to a wider European audience. That said, Iceland is taking a chance this year by performing a track in their native language – something they haven’t done in 16 years. And performing the track ‘Ég á Líf’ (meaning ‘I Am Alive’) is the aforementioned Eythor, who won the right to represent Iceland through the country’s national final in Reykjavík.
We’re quite enjoying Eythor’s vocals in this uplifting ballad that (Eurovision shot drinking game at the ready) comes complete with the obligatory key change. The clip sees our singer piloting a fishing vessel, while he reenacts the goings on in an animated book.