Iceland impress at first Eurovision rehearsal

Rehearsing positions.

Rehearsing positions. Photo: Jónatan Garðarsson

Eurovision journalists predict a confident final qualification for Iceland after seeing the first rehearsal of all songs competing in Semi Final 1 next Tuesday.

The last of the eighteen entries competing in the first qualifying heat for the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest took to the stage yesterday and press fans cast their votes. Only ten of the eighteen will secure the right to sing in next Saturday’s grand final.

Speaking to Eurovision press.

Speaking to Eurovision press. Photo: Jónatan Garðarsson

The votes of the privileged few who have seen all songs perform live on the same stage put Iceland in sixth place – considerably higher that bookies have rated Iceland until now.

Read: The highs and lows of Iceland at Eurovision

Jónatan Garðarson, head of the Icelandic delegation currently rehearsing and preparing in Stockholm, is very happy with how the first Icelandic rehearsal went.

Greta Salóme and Jónsi performing at the 2012 Eurovision Song ...

Greta Salóme and Jónsi performing at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest. Photo: AFP

Press members remember the Icelandic performer Greta Salóme from when she represented Iceland together with Jónsi in Baku, Azerbaijan, back in 2012 – and are reportedly all clamouring to get an interview.

Read: Thirty years of Iceland in Eurovision

The Icelandic delegation get a second rehearsal slot on Friday, then a dress rehearsal of the full show on Monday, before Greta Salóme steps onto the stage next Tuesday evening to try to win the hearts and votes of Europe.

Press poll after the first rehearsals for Semi Final 1.

Press poll after the first rehearsals for Semi Final 1. Photo: Facebook/Rachik Asaturov

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