ICELAND – Head of Iceland’s mission in the Eurovision Song Contest, Felix Bergsson, gave an interview to the former head of the Czech delegation, Jan Frost Bors. Felix Bergsson reveals that Icelandic public television has not yet decided whether to re-entrust its representation in the competition to Dadi Freyr or to hold the Söngvakeppnin, the national final. The relevant announcements will be made in two-three weeks.
The head of the Icelandic delegation in the competition referred to how his country managed to star in Eurovision in the last two years. How they changed the national final, reducing the number of songs participating in the Söngvakeppnin.
Felix explained in detail what his job is, that he actually takes over the winner of Söngvakeppnin in early March and deals with everything related to Iceland’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest. The video clip, the final production of the song, the stage appearance, but also the necessary PR.
Jan could not help but ask Felix about the 2019 experience and the Hatari. Felix responded very honestly saying it was a very difficult year for him. Hatari essentially participated solely because they wanted to send their message, which was purely against Israel and in favour of Palestine.
In addition to their obligations for the competition, Hatari were also shooting a documentary, explaining the reasons for their participation. This was also the biggest difficulty of that year, the balance between their obligations as Iceland’s representatives in the competition and their obligations for this documentary, which was more important for them since it was the reason why they participated in that year’s Eurovision.
Finally, Felix Bergsson explained that due to the pandemic and the budget cut of the Icelandic public broadcaster, no decision has yet been made on how to choose their participation in the next competition. That is, if they perform Söngvakeppnin properly or if they give Dadi another chance, after this year’s great acceptance of Think about Things.