Sunday, May 30, 2010

19 Iceland - Je Ne Sais Quoi - Hera Björk

19 - 41 pts / 3 - 123 pts in semi 1
Iceland have chosen Hera Björk and her song Je Ne Sais Quoi for the Oslo contest. Je Ne Sais Quoi is written by Örlygur Smári (a.k.a. Öggi) and Hera Björk herself.
Listen to the song at RÚV's.

A new version is recorded, see video at the official site. The digital release of the new version is available at Tónlist.

More versions are availble now from Tónlist. It's a French version, a ballad version (Candle light versions) and a karaoke version.

All versions except the original are on a promo cdsingle issued by Hands Up Music.

update Hera Björk has just released her third album, titled Je Ne Sais Quoi. It features the Eurovision entry in three versions. (see below).
It also includes Someday, 2009 single My Heart and next radio single Knock On Wood. Knock On Wood is a cover of the 1966 hEddie Floyd hit, but in in Hera's case it's more a tribute to Amii Stewarts disco smash from 1979. You can listen to excerpts from the album at Tónlist. They sell the digital version, the CD is on preorder at BeaRecords.

A club mix is now available at the Tónlist digital music store and will be available on iTunes later.
Charts:
Belgium FL top 50: 27
Finland top 20: 17
Sweden top 60: 49
Switzerland top 75: 64

Club mixes (October)
A september 2010 digital release features five remixes of Je Ne Sais Quoi. (Neoteric records)
1. 7th Heaven Club

2. Soulshaker Club
3. Soulshaker Dub
4. Soulshaker Edit
5. 7th Heaven Edit
The five track release is available at itunes, amazon and other local digital stores.
Thanks to Tom K. for the tip.


- versions -
Je Ne Sais Quoi - Eurovision version ♫, CD
Je Ne Sais Quoi - Original version - On the CD Söngvakeppni 2010.
Je Ne Sais Quoi - French version - digital, CD
Je Ne Sais Quoi - Candle light version - digital, CD
Je Ne Sais Quoi - Karaoke - digital
Je Ne Sais Quoi - Club mix - digital
plus the remixes mentioned above.

Special thanks to RÚV.

Hera Björk Þórhallsdóttir is not a newcomer to the Eurovision game. She entered the Icelandic preselection in 2007 (with Mig Dreymdi) and in 2009 she ended 2nd in the Danish final with Someday. She was a backing singer for the Icelandic entries of 2008 (Eurobandið) and 2009 (Yohanna)
Composer Öggi previously co-wrote the Icelandic entries of 2000 (Einar & Telma) and 2008.

Hera Björk released two earlier albums: Christmas album Ilmur Af Jólum in 2000 and Hera Björk in 2006. The 2006 album features an Icelandic coverversion of Alvedansen, the Norwegian 2006 entry.
In 2008 and 2009 Hera Björk was a part of Frostrósir.

Finnish coverversion
CatCat, Finnish Eurovision stars of 1994, have recorded Je Ne Sais Quoi in Finnish.
Their version is titled Vapaus (Freedom).
The track will be on the CD celebrationg the 20 year career of the sisters, to be released early 2012.
Update 2012: The Catcat version has finally been released. It can be found on the CatCat greatest hits album 20 Vuotta - Juhlalevi (Poptori records SNAPCD 928), The album also includes CatCats own Eurovision entry Bye Bye Baby from 1994, original version and 2009 remix.


All 15 songs from the Icelandic final are available on the album Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsins 2010 (Sena records).

The CD is out now and available in the Icelandic shops and at BeaRecords. (Sena SCD 446)
The digital release is available at Tónlist.

Hera Björk MySpace
Hera Björk Website (back)
Örlygur Smári MySpace
RÚV's Söngvakeppni 2010 pages with soundclips of the tracks for the national final.
Iceland in 2009

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