Iceland’s Eurovision 2018 Entry

We’re about to kick an adorable little puppy.

Ari Ólafsson is a 19-year-old singer who got his start in show business at age 11 when he was cast in a production of Oliver! He competed on The Voice of Iceland in 2015, but was knocked out in a head-to-head battle. “Our Choice” was written by Thorunn Clausen, the Icelandic singer and actress who co-wrote “Coming Home” with her husband Sjonni Brink, who you may remember suddenly passed away in 2011 right before competing in that year’s Söngvakeppnin.

Ari is a charming singer, if a little bit shaky when he goes for high notes, and he seems like a lovely person, and “Our Choice” is heartfelt and all that, and we certainly don’t enjoy being mean, we really don’t.

But…

Our Choice” makes us hate the world and all of the people in it. It puts the “painful” in “painfully earnest.” It puts the “awful” in “awfully nice.” The Irish delegation would listen to this song and think it was a bit too sappy. It has so much saccharine in it that it causes cancer in lab rats.

Sorry, Iceland. If it helps, we feel really bad for saying that. Kind of.

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  1. I think this essentially echoes everyone’s feelings on Iceland this year, including mine. Ari is adorable and he sings well but the song is just really bad. In a year full of efforts that are above average at the very least, “Our choice” feels like one of the few entries that scream “non-qualifier.”

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