Hera Björk Þórhallsdóttir is a well-known singer in Iceland. Her debut solo album 'Ilmur af Jólum' was released in November 2000, the second one - 'Hera Björk' - in 2006. She has worked with many of Iceland's finest musicians and has taken part in several musicals in her homeland.
In 2010, Hera represents Iceland at the Eurovision Song Contest with the song 'Je ne sais quoi'. As for the Contest, she already competed in the Icelandic Eurovision preselection in 2007, and sang backing vocals for the Icelandic entries in 2008 and 2009. She also participated in the Danish preselection in 2009, finishing 2nd with the song 'Someday'.
When you cried last time and, if no secret, for what reason?
I am a tough cookie so I don't cry much... Unless animals and children are involved. But of course I cry occasionally and usually it's because of happiness!
The last time I cried was when I read an essay my son wrote in school and the topic was: "Who is your favorite person?" - He is 6 years old and wrote: "Mamma is my favorite person because she is so kind to me and so much fun to be around" :) And his mother totally cried in front of his teacher ;-D
There are some events during our life, when it seems as there is no way out. That could be tragic circumstances or such assessment of them. At that time, what's the thing to do?
I have had my share of sadness in life and it can be very difficult to handle these moments. I have reacted in the right and in the wrong way. Then again, I believe there's no "wrong" way to react and it is only for me as a person to decide if it was right or wrong. Everyone can have their opinion but in the end it's me that has to live with my decisions and reactions to the world.
In my most hopeless situation it was best, at that time, to do nothing and today I am very glad that I did... Otherwise I would be a whole other person I believe. And I like me the way I am!
Could you please choose any event of last days, weeks or months, that has distressed you? It can be any happening on a local or international scale. How could you comment on it?
The Eruption in Eyjafjallajökull in my home country is the event that has struck me the most lately! It is overwhelming but yet leaves me in awe because of the massive power nature has over us tiny humans.
Here in Iceland we are so lucky to have a fantastic group of people working on security and rescue and they are doing their best to keep us informed on things so that we feel a bit more safe. This rescue team was for instance the first to arrive to Haiti in their hour of need so we are very proud of them as well. Everyone here is focused on coming out of this still standing strong.
There's always a new danger watching for humanity in its way, always a new temptation we're ready succumb to. What's the danger of our days? And what's the way to avoid this trap?
I am very focused on eating habits these days! It is my believe that if we don't change our way of eating and living then we are handing a pretty bad legacy over to our children. I feel very responsible about this and I am determined to do my best to teach my children the facts about food and health. I have been overweight for too many years but I have changed my diet more towards vegetables and fruits - and the difference in mood, skin and mind is unbelievable!
What are the main obstructions to apply humanities principles at our today's life? Could they be solved?
We need to understand that everything we put our attention to grows and nourishes, both the things we like and the things we don't like. If we start loving ourselves the way we are and focus on all the great things in life, us humans would enjoy life much more!
I also thought that she should have won ESC that year! I hope she would come back again for more!! yup!
Jacqueline, 18 Oct 2010 11:00 pm
I'm still upset that you did not win the Eurovision contest. Be proud of yourself, you have a beautiful wonderful strong voice. Good Luck to you in your future music endevours.
andy, 24 Jul 2010 07:40 am
HOW COULD YOU FORGET! For me this is one of the most wonderful songs ever written in the 21st century: "As for the Contest, she already competed in the Icelandic Eurovision preselection in 2007" - yes, but with which song? "Mig Dreymdi", listen to this and you will learn what I'm talking about! :)
EA, Tel Aviv, 02 Jul 2010 11:14 am
Hera, you are amazing - i think the song was great, but i think your voice is amazing!!!! you have an incredible talent, and i wish i could hear it in many more songs, collaboration much beyond the Eurovision.
Lewis C., 15 Jun 2010 09:09 pm
You are a fantastic singer and we need more of your music here in the United States! I hope to hear more from you in the future. Blessings to you and all that you do.
nando, 08 Jun 2010 06:15 am
I could not believe that Iceland represented by Hera Bjork finished 19th overall. The song was without a doubt the best in the contest. It send shivers down my spine. Great voice and a very nice album too. I have heard it and is fantastic. Not a bad song in it. Ten out of ten for Hera Bjork. Wish you all the best from sydney, australia.
UweB, Berlin, 07 Jun 2010 07:01 pm
Hera Bjrök was one of my favorites. Great, flawless Vocals. I love the Song. Should have done much better. Greetz from Berlin, Germany. Uwe
Liz A, 06 Jun 2010 01:24 pm
Hera - A brilliant voice and a great song - you definitely should have won Eurovision 2010. Best of luck with your singing career. Any chance of a tour down under? Liz A ... Sydney X X
Steve J, 03 Jun 2010 09:57 pm
Dear Hera and all the people of Iceland,
Sorry you didn't win, but I really still *do* think it was the best song on the night, I hope you have some commercial success with it anyway.
cheers, Steve J beautiful downtown West Melbourne, Australia
Andy, 02 Jun 2010 07:33 pm
Hera, 'Je ne sais quoi' was the best, no matter what the results say. You're beautiful, your voice is amazing and you lit up the competition for me this year. Good luck for the future. xxx
Leonore, 01 Jun 2010 12:49 pm
Greetings from Germany. I loved Heras performance. It was great. Hope she makes an album soon (I don't buy singles. sorry) I'll buy it!
Stefan Serpieters, 01 Jun 2010 11:30 am
Hera, you are a wonderful singer and performer! You got a great voice and a strong personality - you truly have the allure of a Diva! Such a shame that "je ne sais quoi" didn't win the eurovisionsong contest! Anyway it was a delight for many people and myself to have discovered you and I am sure the great performance you did in Oslo will open new doors! Viva la Diva!
HeraFan, 31 May 2010 11:31 pm
Hera, we're all the fans of yours! Vivat!
Evan, 31 May 2010 08:07 pm
HERA I LOVE YOU! Watching you in the Uk on Eurovision was a real special moment. Please come to the UK, I am a fan for ever now thanks to your amazing voice and spirit.
Larry B, 31 May 2010 01:01 pm
You were by far the best at Eurovision.....you were first....with Germany and Albania.......
Richard, 31 May 2010 09:21 am
You need to come to the U.S.! Breathtaking performances at Oslo. Thank God for the internet so that we all may witness the amazing talent in Europe.Love to you and your amazing crew.
angelo, 31 May 2010 07:54 am
what a shame you didnt win. I thought your song was the best in Eurovision by far. I could not believe you didnt win and instead came 19th. There is no justice in this! good luck and bless! Eg tala ekki islensku! Angelo - Catania Italia
nichola, 31 May 2010 01:56 am
What an amazing voice and song ! u were the best and should have won - England
petia, 30 May 2010 04:55 pm
hi hera! you are great singer and your song is a winner for me. you have great songs and i become your big fan.good luck petia from bulgaria
arnonage, 30 May 2010 03:41 pm
Hera, what a voice, what a character, what presence! You're a wonderful singer and you seem to be a very kind person. Be sure I voted for you last night! Best of luck, Arnonage from Israel
Tom, 30 May 2010 03:00 am
Hera sang wonderfully tonight and deserved to win. She has a superb voice and she is very beautiful.
judith, 30 May 2010 01:56 am
hera, i thought you were the best! love from holland.
J-R, 28 May 2010 07:37 pm
Iceland always seems to have people who know how to write music, and how to sing it to. It's uncanny. Hera Björk is no exception to this rule. Iceland also finished last year to the hosts, and don't be surprised if Hera finishes top 10, maybe even top 5 out of sentimentality for what happened up there.
Steve J, 28 May 2010 06:16 pm
Best of luck with Eurovision, wish I could vote (but I'm in Australia!), I'll be cheering for you here in West Melbourne, Austsralia!
Dannie, 26 May 2010 01:35 am
Hera's vocal is professional, and the way she lives on stage is total vital. I suppose she must be on the top.