With our attention now turning quickly to Liverpool it is time for me to look back at last weekend.

Iceland’s Dilja kindly answered some of my questions before the London Eurovision Party on Sunday. Kind, bubbly and ready to perform is the best way to sum it all up.

Credit- EBU/Corinne Cumming

So, my biggest question — where do you get the energy for your performance? You’re so, so energetic and it’s so encapsulating, where’s all that energy from?

[Laughs] I don’t know, it’s just my personality I guess! Ah! I’m just this energetic, annoying person.

And do you warm up before going on stage, or is it all just all the energy gets out on stage?

No, I do warm up, because I think it’s very important to keep the body, like, have it ready when you’re doing all that movement on the stage, so I don’t hurt myself. So I do a lot of physical warm-up before I go.

You’re a student as well right now?


How are you balancing that? Because I’m struggling to balance my studies with just normal life, how are you adding Eurovision onto that?

So, when I won my national selection, Söngvakeppnin in Iceland, I had to put the school on break — I have to admit it! I couldn’t make it work.

What do you study?

I was studying physiotherapy.

Oh, wow! It’s a very hard thing but a brilliant thing to do in the future. There’s a lot of work in it as well. 

I just love it! I love learning about anatomy and biology and stuff.

And you’re no stranger to big performances, you were on talent shows when you were younger. How is Eurovision comparing to that, the big spectacle that it is?

It’s a lot difference for me, because I had this huge problem with anxiety, uh, like my whole life, so a year ago, I just got healed, so yeah. [Laughs] I don’t know what happened.

You wanna share those tips with me, I’d love those tips? [Laughs]

Yeah, I don’t know. Just like — I don’t know what happened, I just had this switch in my brain, so Eurovision and Söngvakeppnin, I am just enjoying every single second of it now and I don’t feel any kind of negative anxiety at all. This is bigger than I thought — like, I consider myself a Eurovision nerd, but I would never have guessed that it was so big, like everything is like, it’s such a huge community, I love it!

I’m finding that today, there’s so many different press sites here, it’s amazing to see how big the community is. So, we’re only a couple of weeks away, obviously you’re positive energy all the way through, how excited are you to get to Liverpool, to see the sights, and to get on that big stage as well?

Absolutely 10/10 excitement. I’m so excited.

All I can say is good luck to you, I’m glad to welcome you to my own country for once for Eurovision, it feels very weird to be able to say that! And thank you for taking the time to speak to us. So, good luck in Liverpool and enjoy tonight as well!

Thank you so much!

Dilja will represent Iceland in the Second Semi-Final on the 11th of May. She will perform 7th in the Semi-Final.

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