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The Söngvakeppni finals, music competition where the country’s representative in the Eurovision Song Contest is determined, was held in Reykjavik. After the head to head between singers Dagur Sigurðsson and Ari Ólafsson, Ari was declared the winner with the song “Our Choice”.

In the first half of the competition, all finalists sing their songs. A 7-person jury gives their points which are valid 50% against the televoting public. The two highest acts compete again in a head to head, where only the public votes for the winner. Ari Ólafsson won with 44,919 points against Dagur’s 39,474. Before the head to head, Dagur was in first place and Ari in second place.

The young 19-year-old interpreter was a contestant of 'The Voice of Iceland' in 2015, but has a broad musical career . He began to sing from very young, with only 11 years was the protagonist of the musical “Oliver”. Last year, he was accepted to the Royal Academy of Music in London.

The truth is that, coincidence or not, Eurovision has always been very present in his life. The person who discovered him was, nothing more and nothing less than, Selma, the representative of Iceland in 1999 . About the song that will have to defend in the first semifinal it is worth noting that it is written by Thorunn Clausen, the same songwriter of the 2001 song, and also, he will do the choirs and play the piano.

Ari has always been a big fan of Eurovision and dreamt of representing Iceland in the competition from an early age. He sings all kinds of music from classical to pop, rock and funk, and one of his favourite artists is Stevie Wonder. Ari is also a prolific impersonator and known to be able to master different accents and languages and loves to improvise both in the theatre and music.

"What matters most to Eurovision is how people come together and that music is a powerful tool for creating beautiful moments in the lives of many. I just want to say, it's love and music that brings us all together. And we're all together here and this is a wonderful moment and it's important that a lot of love is in the air and I just want to say thank you very much for this, Iceland. It's so great, I love you so much," Ari said in the comment after results were announced.

The positive reaction follows the backlash Ari received after shedding tears of emotion after his Söngvakeppnin performance. After being criticised in local media, soon support grew in defence of his emotional display. A video campaign, featuring the hashtag #WeAllCry, was launched in support of Ari. While there’s no doubt that Ari is one of the strongest vocalists at Eurovision 2018, there’s less support for Iceland’s entry. Iceland is still the bookies’ least favourite country to win in Lisbon.

Will Iceland qualify for the final in Eurovision Song Contest 2018?

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Will Iceland finish in the top 10 at Eurovision Song Contest 2018?

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Iceland's votes in the Eurovision Song Contest

Which country will Iceland award 12 points to in the final of Eurovision Song Contest 2018?

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Which of the named nations will score the most points in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018?

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