Icelandic sisters talk free language and family love

Systur from Iceland

Well … RAI were still insisting Iceland and Greece would switch their times today, but this was seemingly the after effects of a boozy lunch of pasta and pizza, because the Icelanders, who were scheduled, turned up as first planned.

To the surprise of no-one, the sisters said they found Turin beautiful. They went on to talk about the message of their Eurovision song: a plea for hope, because with the rising sun there is hope and that can be translated into any situation – nobody liked to mention the irony of the ‘kinetic sun’ being broken.

Singing in Icelandic

Systur from Iceland rehearsed their song Með Hækkandi Sól for the first time at the PalaOlimpico in Turin
Systur from Iceland rehearsed their song Með Hækkandi Sól for the first time at the PalaOlimpico in Turin

The language question, shocker, comes next. Systur said how it means a lot to perform in Icelandic, even though so few people speak the language – this is their chance to bring it to the wider world. Seemingly, there has been no change in how the performance is staged, mainly because the sisters say they are happy with things. They describe their song as a family sound – unsurprising, considering they are family with their brother on stage. Their real aim with this song is to connect with the audience.

Time to get political as one of the group was wearing a trans rights t-shirt. The three women stressed how important it is for any parent to love their child unconditionally and spoke about how we should protect children’s differences, making sure everyone feels included. I have to say that the girls were really grateful to be asked to talk about this and their sincerity was clear.


Which Eurovision entry this year would they like to cover? Portugal, as they really love her and the song and voice is amazing (spoiler – it isn’t). Apparently their song is written from the point of view of a woman born in 1726 – which is rather specific – and represents everyone that is fighting against oppression. “if you didnt have a home, you were owned”. (A statement that should be put to some gays perhaps!). They spoke about how they love it when children sing their song and – presumably – feel much the same about us old people.

They cite Lauren Hill, James Blake, Mariah Carey and Sealion Dion as their musical influences, as well as their parents. They say they listen to all sorts of music when it’s suggested they only listen to their style of country music.

After Eurovision they plan to release more music and embark on a tour.

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