Interview with María Ólafsdóttir, the 2015 Icelandic Eurovision star!
A month after her victory in Söngvakeppnin 2015, we managed to catch up with the Icelandic entrant for 2015, María Ólafsdóttir, finding out more about her song, her plans for the Eurovision stage, and her hopes for the future.
Hello, María! Thank you for taking the time to speak to us today!
You won Söngvakeppnin 2015 – do you feel any pressure from representing your country in the contest?
Yes, I feel the pressure and actually I am very nervous about this big opportunity. I was unknown in Iceland before I won Söngvakeppnin and now I will be standing on this big stage in a few weeks.
“The song is about getting whole again
after being heartbroken”
Your song is called “Unbroken” – what is it about and what was the inspiration?
The song is about a break-up and the feelings afterwards. Then the healing period comes and the song is about getting whole again after being heartbroken. The songwriters, Stop Wait Go, wrote the song with me in mind and especIally for Eurovision and they got the inspiration from their lives.
Are you planning any promotion or touring before Eurovision?
We are so lucky and unlucky about living on an island so every time we need to tour, we need to flight a long distance. So I do not know if we will be able to tour to many places or get the budget to do so.
Are you planning any changes to your performance for Eurovision?
We are working on our act these days and you never know what will come out of that.
What do you hope people will remember you for once Eurovision is over?
I hope people remember my performance and relate to the song I will be presenting. I love the song and the honesty in the idea.
“I remember watching “All out of luck”
with Selma Björnsdóttir”
This is the 60th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. Are you a fan, and if so, how long have you watched?
I remember watching “All out of luck” with Selma Björnsdóttir in 1999. I was 6 years old in my small village in the northern part of Iceland, Blonduos. When she was in Israel singing and fighting for the 1st place in Eurovision, she was my star. Then I decided that I would be standing on that stage one time. Now I will be on that stage and Selma Bjornsdottir will be taking care of my staging in Vienna. That is more then my dream.
Do you have any favorite Eurovision songs?
Have you ever visited Vienna?
No I have not and I am very excited to do so.
How did you initially become a singer and what inspired you to pursue this career?
My sister is a singer and she took part in the Icelandic Idol when I was 10 years old. Then I got inspired to try myself.
If you could pick anyone, who would you like to collaborate with in the future?
What music, artists, bands do you listen to yourself? Any favorites?
Whitney, Celine Dion, Bruno Mars, Rihanna, Beyonce.
“I am learning to become a teacher
for music and acting”
If you weren’t a professional singer, what do you think you would be working with?
I am currently taking a break from school where I am learning to become a teacher for music and acting. So I guess that is what I will be doing as well.
How do you best like to spend your time when you aren’t busy working?
I like to keep fit and spend time with my family and friends.
Besides music, what keeps you happy and motivated in life?
My family and friends.
Do you have a message for the readers of ESCReporter.com?
Stay honest and happy :)
Check out Icelandic artist María Ólafsdóttir’s music video shoot!