In Iceland we’re very proud of competing in the Eurovision song contest, so proud that those who can’t stand the contest, even show up at partys so they won’t be excluded from 99% of Iceland. The streets empty around 7. P.M., the smell of barbecue in the evening surrounds all the towns, villages and Reykjavik and only a few desperate souls are seen in the streets, usually hurrying as they’re too late for the Eurovision BBQ party
The Icelandic people consider this a very serious matter and truly believe each year that they’re sending THE greatest song ever made to the contest. Each year afterwards they grumble about the European and even global conspiracy to keep them from winning, especially if Iceland doesn’t get past the semi-finals. Icelanders also feel extremely betrayed if the Nordic nations whom Icelanders consider their cousins, don’t give them 10 or 12 points.
As you probably figured out, if Iceland passes into the final contest then it’s a great evening for those who don’t like to wait for tables at restaurants, wait in lines at the cinema or dislike crowded buses. But after the contest is over, the partying, Icelandic style, begins for real and is on till the morning after. But remember, that night you must be sympathetic to the grieving Icelander who just lost Eurovision and even sing together with him a couple of lines from The greatest song ever made for Eurovison(this year).
Here below is The greatest song ever made for Eurovison(this year) if you want to prepare yourself for that night of partying. The semi-finals will be held on the 25th and 27th of May and the finals on the 29th of May.