Euro-nerd of the day

Our last Euro-nerd of the day is no other than Iceland’s Queen of Eurovision, Sigríður Beinteinsdóttir or Sigga Beinteins as she is known. She went for Iceland in Eurovision in 1990, 1992 and 1994 and it is an honour for us to have her as the Euro-nerd of the day.
1. What is your all time favorite Eurovision song? It’s a little bit hard to chose the best song, but ABBA’s Waterloo is definitely the the most popular.
2. What is your favorite song this year? I haven’t heard all the songs, but I like the Norwegian song and the Danish.
3. Who is your all time favorite performer? I really can’t answer this, they have been so many through the years.
4. Do you have any special Eurovision traditions? Well… if I am not compeeting in Eurovision I throw a Eurovision party.
5. When did you watch ESC for the first time? I have watch Eurovision with admiration since I was about 6-7 years old and I always wished that I could go and perform there myself which I eventually did, and not only once but three times as a lead singer!
6. Describe Eurovision in three words! Best time of the year!

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Euro-nerd of the day is Hlíf Árnadóttir. In the picture she is obviously dressed as Silvia Night

1.  What is your all time favorite Eurovision song? Like many other Euro-nerds have said before I think the best song of all time is Waterloo. Has everything a Eurovision song has to have. But that doesn’t mean that it is the best song that has ever been on Eurovision. I think many songs have been better, even though they are not typical Eurovision songs

2. What is your favorite song this year? So far it’s the French song I could change my mind though.

3. Who is your all time favorite performer? I have to say Stefan Raab, who wrote and sang Wadde hadde dudde da 2000 and wrote the song Can’t wait until to night that was sung by Max in 2004. Both are my favorites, but he also wrote Guildo hat euch Lieb. Second is Sakis Rouvas, of course

4. Do you have any special Eurovision traditions? Just having lots of chips! I wished I had the traditional party with betting and dressing up.

5. When did you watch ESC for the first time? It was in 1986 when I was 5 years old.

6. Describe Eurovision in three words! Eurovision is the best.

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Euro-nerd of the day is Hreindís Ylfa Garðarsdóttir, singer of the beautiful song from Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsins 2009, Vornótt.

1.  What is your all time favorite Eurovision song? Oh, they are so many. To name a few there are Waterloo (1974), All kinds of everything (1970), Neka Mi Ne Svane (1998), Fangad av en stormvind (1991) and Non Ho L’Etá (1964). Also many of the Icelandic ones, such as Selmas All Out of Luck (1999).

2. What is your favorite song this year? I change my mind at least three times a day until the contest itself, ecspecially when you hear the songs live in rehearsals. But now I like Denmark and Israel and also Germany and Norway. My least favorites are The Netherlands and FYR Macedonia.

3. Who is your all time favorite performer? There are three queens that share the title of my best performer – Selma, Regína Ósk and the Swedish Carola!

4. Do you have any special Eurovision traditions? No, no special traditions. I never go to a party until after, I want to concentrade and really listen to the songs. Me and my mother are used to watch together and this year we are going to Oslo to support Hera! Very exciting! I also watch some of the nationals in Scandinavia.

5. When did you watch ESC for the first time? My mother is a big Eurovision fan so I have watched the competition since I was a baby. I have a video of myself at the age of 1 rocking to Eitt lag enn which was my favorite as a child. The first contest I remember was in 1995, when Bo Halldors went for Iceland.

6. Describe Eurovision in three words! Quality-entertainment, music-mixture and GLAMOUR!_________________________________________________________________________

Euro-nerd of the day is Erla Jónatansdóttir, singer and DJ.

1. What is your all time favorite Eurovision song? There ar so many marvelous songs and a few old ones that I prefer such as Poupee De Cire, Poupee De Son by Serge Gainsbourg sang by Frans Gall. I have worked as a DJ for the past year and I have to say that now the best song must be Waterloo. As soon as it starts everyone start to dans whether they like ABBA or not. It’s simply a good song.

2. What is your favorite song this year? I haven’t really looked into the songs this year but of those I have seen I like Germany and I think that Lena could be popular here in Iceland this summer. I also like the Belgian song, simple and plain. But there is always that special something on the big night when the song is good, performer great and the performance flawless.

3. Who is your all time favorite performer? I have to say Sigga og Grétar from Stjórnin (1990). They captured the hearts of Europe with Sigga in her red dress. I think they would have won if the song had been in English.

4. Do you have any special Eurovision traditions? No, not really. I have watched the contest with my family the last years, though my father has not been here in Iceland since he is the head of the Icelandic delegation. That makes all this all the more exciting. This year me and my brother are going to Oslo to join him and the Icelandic group!

5. When did you watch ESC for the first time? I think it was in 1986 when Iceland compeeted for the first time.

6. Describe Eurovision in three words! Totally awesome entertainment!

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Euro-nerd of the day is Sunna Mimisdóttir

1. What is your all time favorite Eurovision song? Jiii.. this is choosing one of your children over an other. In my oppinion Hold me now sung Jonny Logan is one of the best Eurovision songs. If I start to think more about this I will probably end up choosing 20 songs so I will just stop now.

2. What is your favorite song this year? I really like the Azerbaijan song and I also think the Danish song is catcy and fun eventhough I heard it before with Sting and the Police. I have a hard time choosing between these songs.

3. Who is your all time favorite performer? Puff, this question is like the first one. The first name that pops in to my mind is Sergio Dalma that competed for Spain in 1991. I was also a big fan of Josteins Hasselgård that song the Norweigian entry in 2003. He charmed many people with his performance and it was even better that I was in Riga in 2003 and met him after the show. Of the Icelandic performers I have to say that Eiríkur Hauksson is my favorite. He was the star of Iceland when I was six years old and in my mind he was god.  I could count many more favorite performers.

4. Do you have any special Eurovision traditions? For the past years I have gone to a party at a friends house that is as much Eurovision fan as I am. More friends gather there and we bbq and watch together. Our friends aren’t as enthusiastic fans as we are so we have tested various party themes and games over the years. We have found one game that everyone can participate in eventhoug they don’t know anything about the contest. In the game everyone guess the row of the songs in the contest. The one with most rights answars wins a crown that we pass around every year. The crown is calld the Silvia and was first given in 2006.

Somtimes we have country themes, then everyone is supposed to cheer for one special country. In 2008 got to by Captein Portugal and I wore the portugees flag. Last year my boyfriend cheered for the Greek song. To prepare himself he found styrofoam and put it on his head and told everyone he was a feta cheese. I thought it was very funny and decided to do the same. I was cheering for Norway so I had to make the ide Norwegian. I found my self Norwegian sweater and brown paperbox and told everyone I was Norwegian goatcheese. Everyone thought this was very funny of us.

When I was younger I made the tradition of going to Kolaportið and buy some licorice. This tradtion came around in 1990 when me and my mother went to Kolaportið sure that Eitt lag enn (the Icelandic entry) would win. The song came 4th and we were absolutly sure that us buying licorice was their key to sucess so for many years we never forgot to go to Kolaportið and buy it.

5. When did you watch ESC for the first time? First time I remember watching it was in 1986 and I haven’t missed a contest since.

6. Describe Eurovision in three words! Joy, humor and entertainment.

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Euro-nerd of the day is Íris Hólm singer in the band Bermuda and radio programmer at Euro-rásin. Íris also participated in the Icelandic Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsins this year with the song The one by Birgir Jóhann Birgisson.

1. What is your all time favorite Eurovision song? There are two songs that like the most and can listen to agin and agin. First is Maria Magdalena the Coratian entry form 1999 and the song Sense Tu, Andorras entry from 2006.

2. What is your favorite song this year? Ohh my! There are few that I like. But my absolutly favortie is without adoubt the song Sweet People performed by Alyosha from Ukrain. This song is not going to win but that doesn’t matter, I dig the singer and the song.

3. Who is your all time favorite performer? Selma Björns, that is no doubt. She was and is my idol. I tabed the contest from 1999 and watched it all the time and I have all her CDs.

4. Do you have any special Eurovision traditions? Until now I have always had a  bbq party with my parents and their friends. But this year my and me husband (also a member of Bermuda) are going to invite our band in a great Eurovision party!

5. When did you watch ESC for the first time? I thin it was in 1998. I watched with my grand-mother and wrote down my own score-board. After that was no turning back🙂

6. Describe Eurovision in three words! Magical, fund and weird!

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Euro-nerd of the day is Hreiðar Már Árnason.

1. What is your all time favorite Eurovision song? I think that every Eurovision song is as relative as the year it competes. Over the years some song though have got my attention and of them I would like to mention these threeÞ

  • Athena – For real This song is a fun combination of ska/pop music and was the song from Turkey in 2004. The performance was very lifely and ambitious and got them to the 4th place. Some interesting point, the band is still today one of the biggest in the Turkeys music scene. I urge everyone to check this band out!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBYlEPwAFyM
  • Alf Poier – Weil der Mensch zählt This weird man competed for Austria in 2003 and it seems he had only one goal, to entertain and that he did! Alf came on stage with band made of paper along with two backing vocials. The song is combination of all kinds of music. Eurovision is entertainment and that is something tha Alf knows how to do. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-Qj5FVK5Cg.
  • Dana International – Diva Last but not least I want to talk about the diva Dana. Dana International (before Yaron Cohen) as she calles herself,  competed for Israel in 1998 as most people know she won. In my mind there is lot in Dana’s song and her caracter that just is excally what Eurovision is all about. The song is simple, even uninteresting version of classic Euro-pop but she did what was needed and got what she deserved. Though it is something to think about that transsexual from the ziontist country Israel. It surprises my but at the same time makes my glad to know that god-fearing Israelis could accept to send someone to Eurovision that should according to thei belive burn in hell.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85TkeK80koo&feature=related

2. What is your favorite song this year? I can’t be said that many good songs are in the contest this year, but I have to choose the song from Turkey.

3. Who is your all time favorite performer? Alf Poier, short and simple!

4. Do you have any special Eurovision traditions? I suppoes my Eurovision traditions are all about denial. Untill the ESC starts, not this time though, I love talking ill about it and make fun of the participants. But when it all starts it is only question of good company and Bakkus’ products!

5. When did you watch ESC for the first time? Before I learnd the concept of time and year.

6. Describe Eurovision in three words! Good/bad, good.

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Euro-nerd of the day is Hildur Edda Einarsdóttir.

1. What is your all time favorite Eurovision song? I have a hard time choosing, there are so many songs that comes to mind. Though I have to say Lane Moje from Serbia and Montenegro from 2004 and I have liked the songs from Ukraina the past years.

2. What is your favorite song this year? Serbia has the most fun song this year in my oppinion. Balkan popsong with ethnical sound just can’t go worng!

3. Who is your all time favorite performer? Pall Oskar is in my oppinion the one and only Eurovision performer. His song was way ahead his own time and I think is participation and song have changes the copetition to a better one. Also he knows a lot about ESC and talkes about it with respect.

4. Do you have any special Eurovision traditions? Gratually wearing decorative clothes to Eurovision parties has come to a tradition, it is not enough to were only regular clouthes for going out. There are all kinds of games you can play when watching. For exemple you can have the rule of everyone has to take a sip when the words „love“ , „ljuba“ or ljubi“ is said in a song. You can do the same thing when you are not sure of the sex of someone on stages but this is only for the hardes fans!

5. When did you watch ESC for the first time? It was in 1986 when Iceland first participated. I was only six years old and form that year I have watch every contest! This year I will even watch it from Oslo!

6. Describe Eurovision in three words! Amazing pan-european cultural event.

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Euro-nerd of the day is Íris Davíðsdóttir, political scientist.

1. What is your all time favorite Eurovision song? My musical memories is not so good so I have to say Molitva competing for Serbia in 2007. When I heard this song for the first time I got goose bumps ant that is always good🙂 I was also sure that this song would win but even though I am a big fan of the contest I  very often predict wrong!

2. What is your favorite song this year? The song for Azerbaijan is very interesting in many ways…. ist pop? is it R&B? is it Superman?

3. Who is your all time favorite performer? Páll Óskar, because he was instrumental in pussing the contest to the future.

4. Do you have any special Eurovision traditions? I always try to have a party myself or go to one. I always try to prepare voting cards to distribute in the party and have prices for those who have the most points and those who guess the right winner.

5. When did you watch ESC for the first time? I hardly remember Gleðibankinn in 1986 but then I was five years old. But I understand that all the nation was watching so I must have been watching too🙂

6. Describe Eurovision in three words! Fantastic, educating and strange!

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Euro-nerd of the day is Ársæll Hjálmarsson.

1. What is your all time favorite Eurovision song? I really can’t pick one, I’m such a fan! It’s like choosing between your children! I listen frequently to the Spanish Eres tú (1973), Poupé de cire, Poupé de son (1965), the memorable Diggy-Loo, Diggy-Ley, Stop with the Slovenian Omar Naber, Un, deux, trois (1976) and Dile que la quere (2001).   

2. What is your favorite song this year? Although I think there are a lot of bad songs this year Germany has a good song and it’s time they win. I also like Greece’s simple and catchy tune. But this can of course change on the night of the contest.

3. Who is your all time favorite performer? Omar Naber from Slovenía!! His song, Stop, gave me the rare goose-bumps! But also David Civera with the Spanish Beth who sang Dime 2003.

4. Do you have any special Eurovision traditions? I wake up on the day of the competition and reflect on the songs. Check esctoday.com a million times to see the latest news. I want to listen to the songs so any ruffle in plastic candy wrappers is strictly forbidden! At the Finals I vote myself for each song, points from 1-8, 10 and 12. And then I call and vote for my top 3!

5. When did you watch ESC for the first time? 1984 I saw for the first time the re-run of the contest. 1986 I saw Eurovision in whole for the first time. Then it was a big hype in Iceland. One of the local newspapers printed pictures of all  the contestants and me and my sister both pointed at Sandra Kim and said that she would win… because she was the youngest!! Since then I’ve been hooked!

6. Describe Eurovision in three words! Glamur, tacky and Johnny Logan!

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Euro-nerd of the day is Auður Geirsdóttir.

What is your all time favorite Eurovision song? With out a doubt it is Waterloo, a great recipe for a good Eurovision song of course comes from the faces of the contest, ABBA! There are also other songs that are unforgettable, for ensemble Fly on the wings of love with the Olsen brothers, last years winner Fairytale and Diva with Dana International is always good and a real Eurovision hit!

2. What is your favorite song this year? It is with no doubt the Swedish song. It is classic pop ballad that just hit my heart.  Though I have to confess that the song form Lithuania on my mind and I never get tired of watching the video. I wouldn’t be Eurovision with out one song like that!

3. Who is your all time favorite performer? They are so many! But I have to say Alexander Rybak even though I will never forget Ruslana after she danced her way into Europe’s heart!

4. Do you have any special Eurovision traditions? No I don’t have any other than being in good company with good friends. Though in 2007 it was a little bit different because I won a ticket to Helsinki. There I was with Eiríkur Hauksson’s team and had incredible week. We got VIP ticket to all of the biggest events so I have experienced Eurovision from first hand witch is not bad for a big fan like me!

5. When did you watch ESC for the first time? I do not remember when I watched it for the first time. But somehow I remember the contest from 1990 very well, but then I was only 5 years old. This was the year Sigga and Grétar  sung Eitt lag enn with great show!

6. Describe Eurovision in three words! Glimmer, glaze and joy!

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Euro-nerd of the day is Ellen Ellertsdóttir!

1. What is your all time favorite Eurovision song? My favorite foreign song is Lane Moje from Serbia and Montenegro from 2004. My favorite Icelandic song is Tell me that competed in 2000.
2. What is your favorite song this year? After I have listen to the songs few times I always want to listen to the Serbian song agin, it is called Ovo Je Balkan.  I like the song and I always want to waggle a littel bit when I hear it. I don’t know why but I don’t feel it sounds like a Eurovision song.
3. Who is your all time favorite performer? I do not think a lot about the performers but Sakis Rouvas was the first one that popped into my mind! But it can be only because it is fun to look at him…;)

4. Do you have any special Eurovision traditions? No I don’t have any special traditions. The main things is to watch the contest and it is only better if there is a good party too.
5. When did you watch ESC for the first time? I think that we always watched ESC at my home. But the first contest I remember watching was when Eitt lag enn came 4th in 1990.
6. Descripe Eurovision in three words! Glaomour, joy and a littel bit corny…

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Euro-nerd of the day is Tinna Kristinsdóttir.

1. What is your all time favorite Eurovision song? Ugh… just one? Then I think it’s Kaelakee hääl from Estonia ’96, I have listened to it countless times!

2. What is your favorite song this year? I love the Belgian song but from an ESC perspective I’ll say Denmark…

3. Who is your all time favorite performer? Jostein Hasselgård… sooo hot! And he’s a kindergarten teacher, how cute!

4. Do you have any special Eurovision traditions? No special traditions, just meeting friends and watch the contest🙂 3 years ago we had a special Eurovision drinking game during the voting. I don’t recommend it for those unfortunate to get the top countries with the most points! I won’t make it a tradition, anyway!

5. When did you watch ESC for the first time? Don’t remember exactly when, when I was younger we were usually a few families that met and watch it together – clearly the main event of the year! I remember watching the ’90 contest over and over again on VHS with my cousin – my favorite contest to this day!

6. Describe Eurovision in three words! Glitter, glitter and glitter. Love it!

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Euro-nerd of the day is Viktor Steinarsson.

1. What is your all time favorite Eurovision song? There have been many good songs in the contest over the years but Waterloo with Abba is with out a doubt the best Eurovision song  ever.

2. What is your favorite song this year? A like Azerbaijan this year but Denmark and France are close…… but I think the contest this year is not as good as it has been.

3. Who is your all time favorite performer? Sandra Kim is on my mind …. I don’t know why…. maybe because she stole the victory form Iceland in 1986?

4. Do you have any special Eurovision traditions? I always try to celebrate the night with good friends…..

5. When did you watch ESC for the first time? I remember vaguely to have seen Bobysocks in 1985 but 1986 is the first year I remember seeing the contest on television.

6. Describe Eurovision in three words! Totally brilliant concept!

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Euro-nerd of the day is Reynir Þór, who is one of Iceland’s Eurovision specialists on Paul Oscar’s Alla leið TV show.

1. What is your all time favorite Eurovision song? The Portugese song, Desfolhada portuguesa, from 1969 sung by the diva  Simone de Oliveira. Sadly it only landed in 15th place with 4 points! I also like Alle mine tanker (Norway 1993), Dansevise, the Danish winner from 1963, og Non ho l’eta, the Italian winner from 1964; they are all so beautiful.

2. What is your favorite song this year? It’s a battle between Israel and Ireland and I think Israel is at the top!

3. Who is your all time favorite performer? Of course I am very fond of Paul Oscar, and we have been good friends for almost 19 years. Beside him ABBA is a special favorite.

4. Do you have any special Eurovision traditions? No, just have a good time with good friends!

5. When did you watch ESC for the first time? I recall several numbers from contests in 1975-79 but the first real memory is the swinging skirts of Bucks Fizz 1981.

6. Describe Eurovision in three words! Showcase, feast-for-ears and (sometimes) a little tacky.

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Euro-nörd of the day is Hildur Magnúsdóttir, biologist.

1. What is your all time favorite Eurovision song? It is really difficult to pick one! I would have to choose my favorite contest the contest in 2000. It had so many great songs; the Icelandic  (Tell me with Telma and Einar Ágúst), the Swedish  (The spirits are calling my name with Roger Pontare) , the Danish  (Fly on the wings of love with the Olsen-brothers)  and the Estonian song (Once in a lifetime with Ines) – they are all memorable. And also the French – they were just all so great!

2. What is your favorite song this year? I am torn between the Swedish and the German song.  I love Satellite with Lena the German, and I think the Kate Nash-feel of the song is very nice but I think the Swedish This is my life with Anna Bergendahl is number one this year, at least with me! It’s so sincere and fun and I like her voice and her standing on stage with her guitar.

3. Who is your all time favorite performer? They are so many each year! I think Chiara from Malta is my all time favorite, has a great voice and has taken part so often that you remember her! I usually go for the up beat tempo songs and the Greek songs are usually my cup of tea.

4. Do you have any special Eurovision traditions? I used to watch Eurovision with my parents and siblings when I was young. We would keep score and each give our favorite song our votes. After I „grew up“ I always watch and usually with my daugther which of course loves Eurovision and sometimes with my parents too.

5. When did you watch ESC for the first time? I don’t remember exactly but we used to watch Eurovision ever since Iceland could participate. I dreamt of singing in the competition and made it my goal to learn enough foreign languages to understand all the languages sung in Eurovision! But I haven’t yet reached that goal inspite many countries now sing in English…

6. Descripe Eurovision in three words! Fantastic, fun and diverse!

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Euro-nerd of the day is Ellen Ellertsdóttir!

1. What is your all time favorite Eurovision song? My favorite foreign song is Lane Moje from Serbia and Montenegro from 2004. My favorite Icelandic song is Tell me that competed in 2000.
2. What is your favorite song this year? After I have listen to the songs few times I always want to listen to the Serbian song agin, it is called Ovo Je Balkan.  I like the song and I always want to waggle a littel bit when I hear it. I don’t know why but I don’t feel it sounds like a Eurovision song.
3. Who is your all time favorite performer? I do not think a lot about the performers but Sakis Rouvas was the first one that popped into my mind! But it can be only because it is fun to look at him…;)

4. Do you have any special Eurovision traditions? No I don’t have any special traditions. The main things is to watch the contest and it is only better if there is a good party too.
5. When did you watch ESC for the first time? I think that we always watched ESC at my home. But the first contest I remember watching was when Eitt lag enn came 4th in 1990.
6. Descripe Eurovision in three words! Glaomour, joy and a littel bit corny…

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Today we start a new thing here on All about Eurovision in Iceland. It is called The Euro nerd of the day. Untill the big night in Oslo we will regularly ask eurovision enthusiasts six question and publish their answares.

The first euro-nerd is Ýrr Geirsdóttir.

1. What is your all time favorite Eurovision song? Wtaterloo – no doubt! It is the perfect Eurovision combo: Abba, disco and fantastic costums!

2. What is your favorite song this year? Usually I like the upbeat song best but this year are the cute ballads that gets to me! The honest and true hearted girl in the Swedish song and the Belgian guitarplayer charm my away!

3. Who is your favorite performer in Eurovision? The women that jumped a bounced around the state in savage costume while singin and didn’t seem to have trouble with it at all! Of course I am talking about Ruslana, the winner of 2004 Eurovision. What a performer!

4. Do you have any Eurovision tradition? No, no special tradition are around ESC in my home other than I can miss it! My sister won two tickets to Helsinki in 2007 but I couldn’t go then. I was hoping that it will be a tradition that she will win tickets every year but unfortunately  that hasn’t happen……

5. When did you first watch Eurovision? I remember watching for the first time when I was 10 years old. I lived with my parents in Sweden at that time and we were travelling with other Icelanders on the Eurovision weekend. All of the grownups said they wouldn’t watch that stupid competition but in the end everyone were glued to the screen watching Sigga and Grétar take the 4th place!

6. Describe Eurovision in three words! Diversity, glitter and JOY!

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