Saturday, March 29, 2014

#ESC 2014 ICELAND - POLLAPÖNK - NO PREJUDICE

Iceland chose No prejudice by Pollapönk. The song comes with a message but is hidden under a comedy act so it may be lost to European audiences, despite its change of language from Enga fordóma. In Iceland the band is liked by kids and adults alike, has won awards for their work against prejudices and they have a long history in various bands and combinations as mucisians. The line up is Haraldur Freyr Gislason, Heidar Orn Kristjansson, Arnar Thor Gislason and Gudni Finnsson. Backing singers are Snæbjörn Ragnarsson (of metal band Skálmöld) and a Member of Icelandic Parliament Óttar Proppé.
Robert: Although I kinda like the winning song of the Islandic preselection by Pollapönk, I totally fell for Guðbjörg Magnúsdóttir's Aðeins ætluð þér but what happened here? It totally came last!!!! Yes, it is a traditional schlager song but hey, what is wrong with that in 2014?:) Am I getting old fashioned here? Or did it get last because it was written by Swedish comppsers? No final for Iceland.
Blogilkar: I totally agree with Robert: Wrong song won! But my favorite for that was Amor by Ásdis Maria . One of my favorites of the whole season. Pollapönk may have an important message and all that, but it's performed in a way that makes it seem just another novelty act and they may be as famous as they can in Iceland, in Europe they are just a bit sad old gentlemen with questionable fashion sense. My only hope is it won't take a place in the final from someone who deserves it much more.....

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