2000 and Whatever – Iceland

We may not get to see our 2020 favourites take to the stage, but that doesn’t mean we can’t reminisce on our Eurovision favourites. This series is aimed to discover the team’s favourite entries from the 21st century, from 2001 to 2019.

In collaboration with ESCDaily, we will be reviewing some of their 21st Century favourites, while over on their site, you will find their reviews of our favourites!

Below our reviews, you will find a poll where you can vote for your favourite Eurovision entry from the 21st Century.


Anita Reviews Dennis’ 21st Century Favourite

Yohanna – Is It True? | 2nd Place, 218 points (Final)

This is definitely the easy pick, as it’s one of Iceland’s best results at Eurovision. I think Iceland does alternative styles well at Eurovision, but I often find their ballads lacklustre. This song does a lot of things right, and first and foremost, Yohanna’s voice is stunning from start to finish. The backing vocalists also do a great job at supplementing her through the enjoyable melodies of the song. The staging had a nice atmosphere as well, but that outfit is perhaps one of the worst I’ve seen at Eurovision. I guess, in a way, it’s one of the most memorable things about this performance for me. With all that said, I’m about to deliver an unpopular Eurovision opinion, but I also find this to be a bit lacklustre.

Joshua Reviews Brandon’s 21st Century Favourite

Yohanna – Is It True? | 2nd Place, 218 points (Final)

Quite the juxtaposition to my favourite Icelandic entry, but nonetheless a great song! ‘Is It True’ has a really nice flow to it, making it very difficult to dislike. No surprise in my opinion that it placed so highly in 2009. Yohanna suits the song perfectly, which really helps to take you to another world. I think the only question will be how long this will stay as Iceland’s most ‘successful’ Eurovision entry ever. Songvakeppnin keeps improving every year, and it might only be a matter of time before they win the contest…

What does the ESCDaily team think of our 21st Century favourites? Make sure to head over to escdaily.com to find out!

Vote for your favourite entry from Iceland below: