Iceland selected its entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 in a national final on 18 February in Reykjavík. They chose the fictional character Silvía Night to represent the nation in Athens with the song Til hamingju Ísland (Congratulations Iceland), however the song was performed in its English version at Eurovision as Congratulations. The song tells the story of how Silvía will win the Eurovision Song Contest and how she is better than everyone else. The song was considered a strong favourite from the moment the competing songs were announced. It is written by Ágústa Eva Erlendsdóttir & Gaukur Úlfarsson and composed by Þorvaldur Bjarni Þorvaldsson. The English version of the song caused some controversy as the preview video for the song contained a swear word, even though this was not included in the official version of the lyrics. The European Broadcasting Union threatened to disqualify the entry if the offending word was included in the live performance , and although Silvía used it in the rehearsals, she dropped it for the live performance.
Silvía Nótt is a fictional character in Sjáumst með Silvíu Nótt, an extremely popular Icelandic semi-reality show on the TV channel Skjár 1. Ágústa Eva Erlendsdóttir, singer for band Ske and an actress, and Gaukur Úlfarsson decided to invent a character that brought out all the worst things in human behaviour in modern society. Silvía’s personality is highly affected by narcissism and she sees herself as the most famous and talented person in the world.
It was eliminated in the semifinal, finishing in 13th place with 62 points and was booed off the stage.
Result of National Final
|1||Eldur nýr||A new fire||Ardís Ólöf||–||–|
|2||Stundin – staðurinn||The time – the place||Edgar Smári Atlason & Þóra Gísladóttir||–||–|
|4||Flottur karl, Sæmi rokk||Cool man, Sami rock||Magni Ásgeirsson||–||–|
|5||Það sem verður||That what comes||Friðrik Ómar||9942||3|
|6||Sést það ekki á mér?||Don’t you see it on me||Matthías Matthíasson||–||–|
|7||100% hamingja||100% happiness||Heiða||–||–|
|8||Strengjadans||String dance||Davíð Olgeirsson||–||–|
|9||Andvaka||Sleepless||Guðrún Árný Karlsdóttir||–||6|
|10||Hjartaþrá||Hearts desire||Sigurjón Brink||–||–|
|11||Til hamingju Ísland||Congratulations Iceland||Silvía Nótt||70190||1|
|12||Á ég?||Should I?||Bjartmar Þórðarson||–||–|
|13||Mynd af þér||A picture of you||Birgitta Haukdal||–||4|
|14||100%||100%||Rúna Stefánsdóttir & Brynjar Már Valdimarsson||–||7|
|15||Þér við hlið||At your side||Regína Ósk||30018||2|
Points Awarded by Iceland
Points Awarded to Iceland
|12 points||10 points||8 points||7 points||6 points|
|5 points||4 points||3 points||2 points||1 point|
(Note : Entries scored out are when Iceland did not compete)