Eurovision Trivia: So You Think You Know… Iceland

Iceland are one of the nations that often end up as a fan favourite. Perhaps not in 2018, and if you’ve joined the Eurovision fandom recently you might not have experienced any of their great successes for yourself, seeing as they haven’t qualified for the final for the last few years, but they have had a considerable run of high-quality entrants in the past, very impressive considering the low population of the island. And with this high quality also comes interesting entrants to build an Icelandic quiz for. So let’s see how much you have picked up.

Junior Eurovision is over, Melodifestivalen announcement is out, we are merely a month away from some of the first national finals, but there’s still time for some trivia in the weeks ahead. I hope you’ll join me.

So You Think You Know… is a series that will arrive each Wednesday, each time focusing on a new active Eurovision country. We are continuing alphabetically, Ireland will be next.

What is Iceland's highest finish in the Eurovision final?

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They've done this twice, very impressive for such a small nation. No win as of yet unfortunately. We're all rooting for it to happen soon.

What appropriate name did the group making up Iceland's first entry in 1986 have?

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Beathoven (another amazing name) from 1988 entered a song praising a lot of historical figures. Which one was named in the title?

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He included Debussy, Hercules, Freud, Tchaikovsky and Icelandic figures like Jón Páll Sigmarsson in the lyrics here.

Selma's All Out Of Luck was the first Icelandic entry not performed in Icelandic, true or false?

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Since 1999, Iceland has entered only ONE entry in Icelandic. The perils of the free language rule.

Jónsi, who has entered for Iceland twice, in 2004 and 2012, shares his name with the lead singer of which famous Icelandic band?

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Steed Lord of course have provided an entrant themselves, that of Svala in 2017. The rest have yet to appear.

Silvia Night (a fictional character) generated some controversy in 2006 by denigrating her fellow entrants. Which country's entrant did she insult both the age and looks of?

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Under the title 'Silvia Night goes crazy', it was a Youtube hit. If you are comfortable with foul language and haven't seen it before, it's worth a watch.

Yohanna was the first Icelandic entrant to do what?

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Hera Bjork the following year was the entrant to first sing in French, and she also performed last in the semi-final. Yohanna just blew the semi final away. Selma came 2nd first, in 1999.

Sjonni's Friends were a band created after the tragic death of prospective Icelandic entrant Sjonni Brink, just before he would have performed in the Icelandic national final. Which year did they enter in?

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Greta Salome entered for Iceland twice, with dark cinematic pop songs 'Never Forget' and 'Hear Them Calling'. Aside from singing, what instrument does she play?

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She had it on stage for 'Never Forget'. Incidentally, that was one of the best things Iceland have ever sent.

Which Nordic country has Iceland given the most points to?

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An even 200 as of 2018.

If you haven’t played our previous quizzes yet, or want to take them again, find them here:











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