Eurovision Turns Icelanders Into Monsters

Eyþór Ingi Gunnlaugsson is off to Malmö to represent Iceland in the annual Eurovision Song Contest. He will be singing the song “Ég á líf” in Icelandic, marking the first time in 16 years that Iceland’s song hasn’t been translated to English. When the 23-year-old from Dalvík decided to take part in the preliminary song contest in Iceland, he had no idea how seriously Icelanders took it. “I thought it was crazy, but it’s even crazier than I thought,” he told us the night before he left for Sweden. “Evidently everyone in Iceland watches Eurovision, and if they don’t watch it, they know something about it, and even if they don’t know anything about it, they still have opinions about it.” In many ways, he said it was a relief to be finally going abroad.

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