[rating before - 39th; after - 13th]
Iceland chose an interesting song that is kind of country, kind of easy listening, kind of pleasant. Iceland had a selection of 21 songs that were whittled down to a final. The favorites were Sjonni's friends and Johanna for very different reasons. Sjonni sadly passed away days before his semi final - so Mrs Sjonni called upon his friends to sing the song. Johanna is the princess chick who was only beaten by Alexander Rybac from the 2009 ESC crown. Sjonni's friends won - Johanna was forth.
I was pleasantly surprised that this made the final; not because it's a bad song, but because there were so many other heavy hitters in the semi final - Turkey and Armenia missed out. It was never going to set the world on fire, it wasn't that type of song. It was just a nice simple song with nothing more exciting than a drummer on a saddle and the large man kissing the seated guitarist to his right.
If you go back to the Belgium discussion a few days back, you will find that I was complaining about their garments being completely different. Here I am going to be hypocrite and say that they really have worn something else. There must have been a sale on for jeans, shirts, blue ties and gray vests, but this is a minor point.