Islande 1986

Iceland was present at the Eurovision Song Contest 1986, held in Bergen, Norway. It was the first time Iceland was represented in the contest.

While the country had satellite television contact from other nations (the United States and Canada) since 1981, Iceland was not able to connect to other European nations before the end of 1985, meaning 1986 was the first year Iceland could send a delegation to the Eurovision Song Contest.[1]

The Icelandic national final to select their entry, Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsins, was held on 15 March at the RÚV Studios in Reykjavík, and was hosted by young musician Jónas R. Jónsson. 1985 Eurovision Song Contest winners Bobbysocks were special guests, and they performed their winning song La det swinge, and a new song entitled Midnight Rocks during the show. The votes of a five-member « expert jury » decided the winner, although only the top five placings were announced.

The winning entry was « Gleðibankinn, » performed by Pálmi Gunnarsson and composed by Magnús Eiríksson.

National final

Draw Artist Song Place
1 Pálmi Gunnarsson Gleðibankinn 1st
2 Eiríkur Hauksson Þetta gengur ekki lengur
3 Erna Gunnarsdóttir and Björgvin Halldórsson Með vaxandi þrá 4th
4 Pálmi Gunnarsson Syngdu lag
5 Eiríkur Hauksson Gefðu mér gaum
6 Erna Gunnarsdóttir and Pálmi Gunnarsson Út vil ek
7 Björgvin Halldórsson Ef 2nd
8 Erna Gunnarsdóttir Vögguvísa 5th
9 Eiríkur Hauksson Mitt á milli Moskvu og Washington
10 Björgvin Halldórsson Ég lifi í draumi 3rd

At Eurovision

Pálmi Gunnarsson performed sixth on the night of the contest, following United Kingdom and preceding the Netherlands. He was joined by Helga Möller and Eiríkur Hauksson, comprising the trio ICY.

At the close of the voting it had received 19 points, placing 16th in a field of 20 competing countries. Iceland’s first-ever points were awarded to them by the Netherlands (who gave the song five of the eventual 19 points).