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ESC Reporter | January 21, 2018

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Iceland 2015 | ESC Reporter


María Ólafsdóttir

  • Born: March 21, 1993, Blönduós, Iceland
  • Selection: Söngvakeppnin 2015
  • Semi-final: 2


  • Music: Ásgeir Orri Ásgeirsson, Pálmi Ragnar Ásgeirsson, Sæϸór Kristjánsson
  • Lyrics: Ásgeir Orri Ásgeirsson, Pálmi Ragnar Ásgeirsson, Sæϸór Kristjánsson, María Ólafsdóttir

  • Singer and actress María was born in Iceland in 1993. In 2007, she had her first role in a play staged by The National Theatre in Reykjavik.

    María played Louisa Van Trapp in a production of The Sound of Music in 2009. In the same year, she played a young Michael Jackson in a tribute show at Reykjavik’s Broadway Club. María’s latest role in a play was the lead role in a production of The Robber’s Daughter in 2014.

    While attending high school in 2012, María began working with songwriting team, StopWaitGo. It was this team that was behind María’s Eurovision entry, “Unbroken”.

    María is currently taking a break from school, where she is studying to become an acting and music teacher, in order to participate in Eurovision 2015.

  • Songwriting team, StopWaitGo, chose María to sing their song, “Lítil skref”, as they felt her vocals would fit the song perfectly. The song was submitted to Söngvakeppnin 2015 in late 2014.

    During a press conference in January, María was announced as one of the twelve acts selected from 258 entries to compete in Söngvakeppnin 2015. On February 7 María sang “Lítil skref” in the second semi final of Söngvakeppnin. Voted in the top three by the public vote, María earned a place in the final.

    The final of Söngvakeppnin took place on February 14. María sang the English version of her song in the final. This version was called “Unbroken”. After a 50/50 combination of jury and public votes, María was voted into the superfinal along with Friðrik Dór. After a final vote, the public decided that María would represent Iceland at Eurovision 2015.

    A final revamped version of “Unbroken” was released in March.

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