|Iceland Performs in Eurovision Semi-Final Tonight|
|Written by Iceland Review|
|Tuesday, 10 May 2011 17:19|
The Icelandic contestants in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest will perform in the first semi-final in Düsseldorf tonight. They call themselves Sjonni’s Friends and the English version of their number is called “Coming Home”.
Sjonni's Friends. Matthíasson is the second from the left in the back row. From eurovision.tv.
One of the performers, Matthías (Matti) Matthíasson, told Morgunbladid that the atmosphere in the group is good, although they have also been on an emotional rollercoaster.
“Interviews with the group have been personal at times and the story about the group has garnered considerable attention in the media,” he explained.
The song was written by Sigurjón (Sjonni) Brink and his wife Thórunn Erna Clausen. Brink had intended to perform the song himself but died unexpectedly of a stroke shortly before the Icelandic Eurovision semi-final.
Six of his musical friends stepped in to perform the song in his memory and went on to win the Icelandic competition.
On Saturday the mayor of Düsseldorf invited all Eurovision contestants to a celebration at Tonhalle, an old concert hall in the city.
Matthíasson said it had taken the group almost an hour to walk along the red carpet because so many journalists wanted to speak with them.
The German media have predicted that “Coming Home” will be successful but Matthíasson is cautiously optimistic, saying they are in a tough qualifying group.
“Politics are a big part of it and according to statistics, we don’t have a shot to qualify but we are certainly determined to do so,” he said, adding that they are grateful for all the support they have received.
Meanwhile, most foreign betting houses have predicted that young French tenor Amaury Vassili will win Eurovision this year and that the British boy band Blue will place second.
Brink’s wife, parents, children, siblings and many of his friends will attend the semi-final tonight, which begins at 7 pm Icelandic time, 9 pm German time, and can be watched live on eurovision.tv.
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