Iceland: Maria Olafs

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Let It Go, I’m Letting Go…Maria Olafs was obviously born (in the very real land of Ice) ready and waiting to take on Princess Elsa. Unlike Broadway pro Idina Menzel, when Maria lets rips towards the end of Unbroken, there’s only a 50/50 chance whether she’ll hit the whiny notes just right, but it doesn’t matter: Iceland are going to play on all of those Frozen similarities down to every infectious detail with no shame at all – by the looks of it, the cold from that wind machine doesn’t bother Maria one single bit.

Credit: Jonatan Gretarsson


 

 

All Kinds of Everything: interview with Maria Olafs


Who is your favourite Eurovision act of all time?

Loreen because she is different, exceptional singer and the song is cool and current.

Babushki4 vs. Lordi4

WINNER: Lordi

I was 15 years old and loved them.

ABBA4 vs. Celine4

WINNER: Céline Dion

She is one of my idols in singing.

What does the general public in Iceland think of Eurovision?

Everybody loves Eurovision and the show has more ratings on TV than any other show in Iceland.

Do you have any rituals before going on stage?

I close my eyes and go away into my own zone.

How do you normally watch the Eurovision Song Contest?

I watch it with my mum, as my dad is always busy. At the same time our sheep are giving birth every year and all the new lambs are coming into the world. Then when Eurovision is over I always go to my dad to see which of our sheep gave birth and to look at the newborn lambs.

 

 

Hello Europe, it’s Camilla calling! Here are the points from the House of Apcar vote.

Iceland: 10 points.

According to my own personal preference, I have awarded points to all 40 acts entering this year’s contest, with four countries receiving each set of points used by the EBU (12, 10, and 8-1).