Icelandic singer proposes a Nordic Song Contest

Icelandic singer and former Eurovision contestant Stefán Hilmarsson has proposed a Nordic Song Contest. A growing number of people in Iceland want to withdraw from this years Eurovision Song Contes in Azerbaijan because of human rights violations.

Iceland’s biggest pop star and former ESC contestant Páll Óskar has publicly challenged the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service to drop out of this years contest, which will be held in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, next May. Páll Óskar represented Iceland in Dublin in 1997.

Stefán Hilmarsson, who represented Iceland in 1988 and 1991, shared his ideal on Facebook today, and says that a Nordic Song Contest would attract a different type of songwriters, as well as audience. “A nordic song contest would be easier to carry out and would likely be more appealing to the nordic people.”

Photos by Örlygur Hnefill and Vincent Hasselgård

Örlygur Hnefill

Örlygur Hnefill Örlygsson is the manager of Húsavík Hotels and co-founder of He has worked as a journalist at Fréttablaðið newspaper in Reykjavík and at the Parliament of Iceland, as an assistant to MP for North East Constituency.

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