From Iceland — Will Ferrell Awards Italy 12 Points In Iceland's Mock Eurovision Contest

Will Ferrell Awards Italy 12 Points In Iceland’s Mock Eurovision Contest

Published May 15, 2020

Poppy Askham
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Hollywood star Will Ferrell made a guest appearance on RÚV’s Eurovision Celebrationfai show last night to reveal that Iceland’s favourite contribution was ‘Fai Rumore’ sung by Italy’s Diadato.

In response to the devastating cancellation of Eurovision 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, RÚV has been hosting a mock version of the contest. In the second round of the informal competition, Will Ferrell appeared through video-call to announce that Icelanders awarded Italy’s Diadato 12 points in the live televote. Contributions from Russia, Lithuania, Denmark and Bulgaria also proved popular.

As reported, Will Ferrell recently travelled to Iceland to shoot a new Netflix film about Eurovision in which he and Rachel McAdams play aspiring Icelandic musicians.

The actor was full of praise for Iceland, saying “you guys are lovely, what a beautiful place on earth”. He was particularly complimentary about Húsavík where the majority of the Eurovision movie was filmed.

The cancellation of Eurovision 2020 has hit Icelanders especially hard as national hero Daði Freyr was widely tipped to be this year’s winner. Shockingly, Iceland has never won a contest despite participating since 1986.

Sweden also hosted a mock Eurovision contest and crowned Daði Freyr and Gagnamagnið as winner.

On May 15th at 19:000 Icelandic time, RÚV will be airing a Eurovision Celebration in which all this year’s entrants will sing together through video-call. If that isn’t enough for all you Eurovision fanatics, it’ll be followed by a Eurovision party aired live from Harpa, featuring Eurobandið and several mystery special guests.

Note: The year in which Iceland joined Eurovision has been corrected.

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