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Hera aims for a disco knock out

17 May 2010 at 19:07 CEST

The performance of Je Ne Sais Quoi started with Hera standing alone, surrounded by smoke, with five backing vocalists in the shadows behind. For the second verse, two of the female backing singers joined Hera in the spotlight for some minor choreography. Hera and the three female backing vocalists wore their all-new wine-red stage dresses this day, but the make-up and hair wasn't ready for this first rehearsal.

In the backdrop, the multitude of lamps formed a starry night sky with a purple hue, evolving into red and white lights pulsating in the backdrop. In the second part of the song they turned light blue and white. The quality of the sound has received much praise from the competing delegations. However, discussions are now being held to change the output of the sound from the Icelandic backing singers.

Iceland had a fan following attending the rehearsal, cheering loudly for Hera and the team on stage. After completing the last run-through of the song, Hera and the rest gave them a cheerful wave and a huge bow.


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Tribute to backing singers

Hera and the team revealed a specially rehearsed performance for the press conference – a tribute to backing singers. The team performed the backing vocals for several Icelandic songs from past years, having the attending journalists performing the lead vocals. Hera is herself a former backing singer. When the sound from the Belarusian artists singing a capella leaked through from another room in the press center, she was happy to stop her answer to one of the questions and join in.

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Hera Björk became a household name in Iceland when she co-hosted the variety TV show Stutt í Spunann (a version of Whose Line Is It Anyway?) during the winter of 1999-2000. She has been a regular star of various radio and television shows ever since, and is famous for her extraordinary vocal range as well as her seemingly effortless ability to glide from one vocal style to another. She has also found time to contribute vocals to Björk’s entirely acappella 2004 album Medúlla.  Eurovision Song Contest trivia fans will be delighted to know that she was also one of the dancers in Selma’s comedy video for her entry All Out of Luck in 1999. She is currently working on her third album, due to be released in 2010 to coincide with the Eurovision Song Contest. Örlygur Smári, the writer of Hera's song, has produced and composed for the biggest names in the Icelandic music industry, much of his output going on to top the Icelandic music charts. Öggi is renowned for his work with Icelandic singer Paul Oscar. This led to their collaboration on the 2008 Icelandic Eurovision Song Contest entry, This Is My Life, performed by Euroband.