NF Review: “Enga Fordóma” for Iceland!

Well…hello there! So Söngvakeppnin has just finished in Iceland and it seems that in Copenhagen, we will be meeting Pollapönk on behalf of the country with the song “Enga Fordóma”. So what do we think of it and how it will do at Eurovision? Well keep reading to find out!

There's "No Prejudices" coming from Iceland this year
There’s “No Prejudices” coming from Iceland this year

Söngvakeppnin was one of the more anticipated NFs of the Eurovision season and whilst we were more focused on other grand finals of national selections, Iceland was secretly picking which six songs would take part in the final of the show. Well tonight, we finally got to find out which song would represent Iceland at Eurovision and well, this is what we have – “Enga Fordóma”:

The song:

“Enga Fordóma” is an uptempo song but also very much a political song and the title of the song, when translated to English is “No Prejudices”. For example, a snippet of the lyrics say (when translated):

Away with the stigma
and shame as otherwise
Disclose any associations

To me this seems like a song in retaliation to all the discrimination in the world, especially aimed at a certain person (no prizes for guessing who) for recognising that everyone is different and there’s nothing that you can do about it. Pollapönk itself is a left-wing group and actually includes a member of the Icelandic parliament, which symbolises a new wave in Icelandic politics that excludes the negative nature that is so prevalent in many other governments. It’s going to be an interesting show come the 6th of May.

The show:

As always, I was giving a running commentary throughout the show on Twitter, and whilst I was doing so, I was also taking notes on how the show was going and here’s a basic summary of what happened:

  • Before the actual show started, we had a couple of interviews with some special guests. One of which was the Icelandic Eurovision genius (you could tell the amount of knowledge he knew by the size of his shirt). Also one of the eventual four presenters came onto the stage and did both burping sounds and a high note that your ears wouldn’t appreciate at all. It was a nice opening…maybe.
  • Getting onto the actual show now, there was a hilarious home video of Ásdís María Viðarsdóttir when she was younger and dancing very randomly. Thank God she improved her dance moves as she’s gotten older!
  • Sigriður Friðriksdóttir – who for some reason, decided to rename herself Sigga Eyrún – gave a fantastic performance of “Lifið kviknar á ný”, but her resemblance to Aisha proved to be a hindrance later on in the show.
  •  During “Egg and Leaf – Part II” “Von”, did anyone recognise Vladimir Putin playing the piano? That was so freaky!
  • Greta Mjöll Samúelsdóttir – who’s surprisingly an ex-footballer for the Icelandic national football team – sang very quietly in her performance of “Eftir eitt lag”, leading to comparisons of her with, and I quote: “Anna Rossinelli high on drugs”. Jeez, a little harsh, don’t ya think?
  • We also saw Ásdís get her swag on when she celebrates remembering the names of all the competing songs (no importance, just had to throw it in because it was just so awesome).
  • The male presenters (who were like the Icelandic version of Ant & Dec) managed to score an interview with The Olsen Brothers! They’re still around?!

This led us up to the first set of results: which two of the songs would go through to the super-final. After a whole lot of tension, we learned that Sigriður and Pollapönk would progress through to the next stage, eliminating all but one of the favourites. There, they performed the song in the language that they would perform it at the Contest – Sigga singing the song entirely in English, while Pollapönk performed in a mixture of both English and Icelandic. The eventual result was revealed around 20 minutes later, although it felt like an entire liftetime and a half. Now we know that Pollapönk will represent Iceland at Eurovision in Copenhagen!

At Eurovision:

Every Eurovision, there’s at least one political song at Eurovision. This year, this song comes from Iceland. Sure it’s nothing as political as Björk’s “Declare Independence“, but it’s pretty much a decent political making a stand about equality. Because of this, I’m unsure of how well Europe is going to take the song. As well as that, the fact that the majority of the song is going to be in Icelandic may not work in their favour. At Eurovision, I have a feeling that Iceland won’t be going to final this year, especially as Iceland is in the larger semi-final on Tuesday. But who knows maybe Europe will like the Icelandic Teletubbies? We’ll just have to wait and see. But what do you guys think of the song now?

Your views:

Did Iceland make the right choice?
Did Iceland make the right choice?

Cor Rebergen from the Netherlands: Iceland had great songs, my god what happens. I have sex then this bad thing was chosen. I will have never have sex again in my life..

Andreas Stenmarck from Italy: Good luck Iceland……hoping for 2015 entry!

Rafael Vivas from Venezuela: 5 years with awesome songs, now this is a joke. Bad Iceland.

Svana Lístí Agnarsdóttir from Iceland: What has my country done? We had so many good songs and then we pick this shit one?! I’m happy Eurovision isn’t coming to Iceland in 2015.

So it seems that fans are no fan of “Enga Fordóma” and to be honest, I can see why. After a good streak of songs, Iceland go and pick the weakest song from the lot. Well..let’s just hope people grow to like it come Eurovision. So what do you think? Have Iceland made the right choice or did you want another act to win? Feel free to let us know by commenting below!

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