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"Iceland Swears"

By Dom Passantino

(From when Silvia Night competed on behalf of Iceland in Eurovision)

"You should watch the Eurovision Song Contest tomorrow night. Really. For the music. Because as far as Pop Music (capital "P", capital "M", played mainly at sleepovers of primary school children and in gay bars) goes, the Icelandic entry - Congratulations by Silvia Night - is the song of the year. Finally those of us who weep at the notion that Rachel Stevens can be passed off as a pop "personality" have found salvation.

So what makes Congratulations special? It's the similarity in sound to the records Max Martin produced for Britney Spears at the end of the last millennium, when she bossed the charts; it's the fact that the whole thing is a gigant joke at the expense of Icelandic youth.

Silvia Night doesn't actually exist, you see, any more than the Brotherhood of Man were a religious cult. She is a character played by the actress Agusta Eva Erlendsdottir in a parody reality TV show about teenagers who want nothing more than fame. The song transcends novelty - or, God forbid, irony - through the sheer force of Night's charisma, aided by a large dose of lisping theatrical camp. Congratulations has more flames than the Hindenberg.

Night is also the first Eurovision star to attempt to replicate The Filth and the Fury of the Sex Pistols by swearing on TV. "The vote is in, I'll fucking win!" she sings, proclaming her own victory in the contest, a line that has prompted threats of disqualification if she dares include it in her performance in Athens tomorrow. Her response? "I'll fucking say what I fucking like."

The song reaches a "did-she-just-say-that?" apex during the middle eight, when Night indulges in a phone conversation. With God. "What's up, dog," she greets the almighty. "It's your favorite person in the world, Silvia Night, and I'm saving the world!"

If there is any justice in the world ("the world", for these purposes, being defined as Eurovision jurors at the end of phone lines in former eastern bloc countries), Iceland will be giving us the finest Eurovision winner since Abba." - Guardian UK


"Euro Diary"

I'm in Athens for this years [2006] Eurovision song contest. In fact I actually arrived last Wednesday in time to watch the rehearsals for the semifinals...

....Although their country has a very similar name [to Ireland], Iceland's entry is everything Ireland's isn't. On a stage filled with a whole host of camp paraphernalia, including a gigant pink stiletto (which doubles as a slide) and two large candy canes, "international superstar" Silvia Night sings Congratulations.

Ofcourse no one outside of Iceland has heard of Silvia - and that's because she is the creation of an actress who, I think, is trying to satirise eyes and has anyone who annoys her ejected from the building.

She also swears in her song, which is causing much controversy, and threatens to see her disqualified. To be honest it's all quite hilarious, especially as not everyone gets the joke and thinks she is just being deliberately obnoxious. - Coventry & Warwickshire


Discography

Silvia Night - Goldmine was released in Iceland in summer 2007. Singles include: Thank you Baby and Goldmine who got considerate radio airplay.

A great music video in the style of a Mexican soap opera was made to Thank You Baby.

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From and island of magical powers and the home of musical talent such as Bjork and Sigurros comes; SILVIA NIGHT!

A superstar that has it all! Sexappeal for the men, fashion and style for the women, musical talent for the kids and drama for the gays. The only catch is - she is not real!

SILVIA NIGHT is the alter ego of a young and gifted Icelandic actris, Agusta Eva. She, along with her director, invented the caracter as satire on today’s extreme pop culture. With a carefully thought out plan the couple turned their nation upside down in just a few months. Thinking that Silvia was a nice little popstar the country of Iceland woted her to represent them and compete in the Eurovision Songcontest in Athens, Greece. A decision they would soon regret!

The songs on Silvia Night’s album are mostly cheerful pop songs. The actress is an experienced singer who has sung with a few bands before.