ICELAND Iceland will take part in Eurovision next year, scheduled to be held in Tel Aviv. Numerous musicians, bands, and associated Eurovision players have signed a statement calling upon the world to boycott participation.
Skarphéðinn Guðmundsson, the director of programming at Icelandic public broadcasting company, told reporters that they have taken calls for a boycott seriously. As reported, some 17,000 Icelanders signed a petition shortly after last May’s contest concluded, calling upon broadcaster to boycott the song contest.
While broadcaster initially considered withdrawal from the contest, they were soon met by the Israeli consul, and reversed course shortly thereafter.
“This decision is not based on the idea that this is not a political act,” Skarphéðinn said in a statement. “On the contrary, this coming together of different peoples has had from the start, as a main purpose and guiding light, the goal of spreading the power of unity and peace that comes from pop music and culture in general.”
The Guardian recently published an open letter from numerous figures calling upon the world to boycott participation in Eurovision next year.
The statement is signed by many well-known musicians, such as Roger Water and Brian Eno, as well as other bands and Eurovision participants. Iceland is also represented, in the form of former Eurovision participants Daði Freyr and Hildur Kristín Stefánsdóttir.
*in the video the last entry presented by Hera Björk was that of 2010 and not 2009 as written in the lower hits bottom and we apologize for the mistake