Excitement is building in Iceland before this week's Eurovision Song Contest selection semi final. Euroband, will be competing against Hara, both highly anticipated acts in this Saturday's show. Fridrik Omar and Regina Osk, Euroband's vocalists, have spoken exclusively to esctoday.com about their plans for the show.
Euroband are currently enjoying a very successful career in Iceland.Fridrik's latest album is the second most sold just behind Paul Oscar's Allt fyrir ástina. After trying their luck before in the Icelandic preselections for the Eurovision Song Contest as solo artists, Fridrik and Regina are attempting this time as a group. What has experience taught them? Is it harder or easier than the first time they participated? " A little bit of both…we just dont think about it…this is our work and we love it and live for it. We are blessed because creating music is our job all the year around and has been for 5 years…and hopefully for a few years more." says Fridrik.
This year, RUV have changed the rules ofthe Icelandicpreselection, so songs do not have to be performed live necessarily. Fridrik and Regina think that this is "a huge mistake" as the winning song will have to be performed live on stage in Belgrade eventually. So they have decided to chance it and perform live hoping to demonstrate that live singing can make a difference.
"Our song is uptempo, dance, fun, power and the melody is massive" says Fridrik about their entry, Fullkomið líf (Perfect life). "We have decided to just be ourselves on TV next Saturday because we believe that our song is good and that we don't need to have any animals or monsters on stage to get votes" he laughs.
And what would it mean to Euroband if they actually win the golden ticket to Belgrade? Fridrik Omar says: "A lot of fun with great people. And also we would show the rest of Europe our band. We don't know about any other band who plays only Eurovision songs…all weekends!! I think we are perfect party animals for Belgrade and we are ready to rock n' roll! But it's not always about winning…rather do something that you like and feel good about. Then it doesn't matter if you win or not….but of course we want to win!"
You can hear Euroband's Eurovision medley and other songs at their offical myspace page here.
As this promises to be the most exciting Icelandic semi final so far, don't forget to watchit with us through the live webcast on Saturday at 21:15 CET (20:15 local time). You will, as always be able to write reactions in our live coverage article on esctoday.com.