Viewers in Iceland voted online this Tuesday for their top 15 songs among the crop of 41 confirmed entries for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 that never was. Now, this evening, in a live spectacular, Iceland will choose its overall winner—the song that would have received the country’s 12 points, if Rotterdam had asked the question this coming Saturday night.
Will Ferrell is a so-called ‘Íslandsvinur’ (a friend of Iceland) and stayed in the country during the recent filming of his new Eurovision-themed movie, in which he plays Lars, an Icelandic Eurovision singer.
“It is a great honour for us that this world-famous actor is finding time to take part in this with us,” says RÚV Eurovision project manager Rúnar Freyr Gíslason. “He apparently cares a great deal about Iceland and Icelanders and says he enjoyed being here. He was immediately receptive when we got in contact with him through Netflix.”
Rúnar refused to be drawn on details regarding what sort of role Will Ferrell will take in tonight’s live broadcast: “I just encourage everyone to watch. It’s going to be great. Although there will be no Eurovision this year, we want everyone to get into the spirit, with chips and dip, and vote for their favourite song.”
The programme tonight is called Okkar 12 stig (Our 12 Points) and viewers will be invited to televote for the song that would have won Iceland’s national vote. Rúnar Freyr promises a real treat: “Jón Jónsson and Ragnhildur Steinunn are the presenters, and there will be a lot of other people on as well. Of course there’s the vote between the top 15 songs, Daði Freyr will have a brilliant segment, Klemens from Hatari will show a new side of himself, the Government, the Presidential couple, and others will take to the screen...and then of course there’s Will Ferrell.”
Okkar 12 stig will be largely in Icelandic, but sections will be in English, such as Will Ferrell’s parts and most of the music. It is live on RÚV at 19.40 this evening. You can watch the programme on your TV in Iceland, or anywhere in the world online.
19.40 in Iceland is 20.40 in Ireland, Portugal, and the UK. It is 21.40 Central European Time, and 15.40 in eastern parts of Canada and the USA.
UPDATE: A previous headline to this article indicated that Will Ferrell will be live on air this evening. While the show is definitely live, RÚV's Eurovision team remains tight lipped about whether Will Ferrell's section(s) will be live or pre-recorded. The headline has been changed to reflect this.