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Iceland: Gísli Marteinn Withdraws from Eurovision Commentary

Gísli Marteinn Baldursson has decided not to provide commentary for the Eurovision Song Contest this year. The reason behind his withdrawal is Israel’s actions in Gaza and the competition’s response to them, particularly the lack of reaction.

The television personality made this announcement on Instagram. There had been uncertainty regarding whether Gísli would host, as he has done in previous years. It was previously reported that Felix Bergsson would not be the Icelandic team’s tour manager due to a presidential campaign, with Rúnar Freyr Gíslason taking his place.

On Instagram, Gísli Marteinn expressed that for him, Eurovision is about atmosphere and joy. “For me, Eurovision is about atmosphere and joy, and I feel none of it in this year’s competition.”

Gísli Marteinn has humorously covered Iceland’s participation in Eurovision on his Friday programs and has been vocal about his concerns regarding the Mediterranean bottom trawling issue on social media. Attempts to reach Gísli regarding the matter in March were unsuccessful.

His full statement on Instagram:

“To those who have asked: I will not provide commentary for Eurovision this year. The reason is Israel’s actions in Gaza and the competition’s response to them, primarily the lack of reaction. For me, Eurovision is about atmosphere and joy, and I feel none of it in this year’s competition.”

Iceland will be represented in the 68th Eurovision Song Contest by Hera Björk with the song “Scared of Heights” where she will compete in the first semi-final on Tuesday 7 May.

Source: RÚV