Jóhanna Guðrún Jónsdóttir

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Yohanna in 2009
Background information
Birth name Jóhanna Guðrún Jónsdóttir
Also known as Jóhanna
Born (1990-10-16) 16 October 1990 (age 27)
Copenhagen, Denmark
Origin Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
Occupation(s) Singer
Labels Warner Music Sweden
Website www.yohannamusic.com

Jóhanna Guðrún Jónsdóttir (born 16 October 1990), known outside Iceland as Yohanna, is an Icelandic singer. She represented Iceland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 in Moscow, Russia, with the song "Is It True?", earning second place. She is the most successful Icelandic act to ever take part in the competition.[1]

Background and career[edit]

Yohanna was raised in Hafnarfjörður, Iceland, and started performing on stage at the age of nine after participating in singing classes. Her first album, titled Jóhanna Guðrún 9 was released in 2000 and contained mostly international pop hits that had been translated into the Icelandic language. "Torn", "Genie in a Bottle", and "I'll Be There" are among the songs that Yohanna covered. She released one more album in addition to a Christmas album before stepping out of the spotlight. She also worked in musicals.

2008-10: Butterflies and Elvis and Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

Yohanna's album Butterflies and Elvis marked her return to the spotlight in 2008. The album was released in Iceland and Sweden with her first single to be "I Miss You". Since Eurovision, Yohanna has performed in countries such as Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Turkey. On 12 May 2009, Yohanna qualified for the Eurovision final after winning first place in the first semi-final. For the final in Moscow, she was joined on stage by backing-vocalists Friðrik Ómar, Erna Hrönn Ólafsdóttir, and Hera Björk. She came in second place behind Norway, with 218 points. Her debut song, "Is It True?" went on to become a top download on iTunes and a hit in several countries. Yohanna sang The Winner Takes It All at the 2010 Icelandic Eurovision Selection Final and also was Iceland's spokesperson at the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 revealing the results of the Icelandic voting.

2011: Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsins[edit]

She participated in the Icelandic national round for Eurovision 2011 finishing the national round in third place with the song “Nótt”. In 2012, Yohanna moved to Kongsvinger in Norway to be afforded easier access to the European continent. In January 2012, she made a video for her song "Indian Rope Trick". On 18 July 2012 she sang Fields of Gold at Norway's open-air concert "Allsang på grensen".

2013: Söngvakeppnin[edit]

Yohanna was one of the entrants at the Söngvakeppnin 2013 (the Icelandic national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest). She took part in the first semi-final with the song "Þú" (You in English), written by Davíð Sigurgeirsson without making it to the final.[2] In the first semi-final she was voted out of the competition and thus did not represent Iceland In Eurovision Song Contest 2013. On 3 October 2015 she gave birth to a baby girl.



Title Album details Peak chart positions
Jóhanna Guðrún 9
  • Released: 2000
  • Label: Hljóðsmiðjan
  • Format: CD
Ég sjálf
  • Released: 2001
  • Label: Hljóðsmiðjan
  • Format: CD
Butterflies and Elvis 19


Year Single Peak chart positions Album
2009 "Is It True?" 1 23 16 4 28 3 2 9 49 Butterflies and Elvis
"I Miss You" 18
2011 "Nótt" (Night)/"Slow Down" 3 Non-album singles
"I Think of Angels"[11]
"Really Over"
2012 "Indian Rope Trick" Butterflies and Elvis
"Coming Home" Non-album single
2013 "Þú" (You)
"Mamma þarf að djamma"
(with Baggalútur) [12]
2015 "Find a Better Man"
(with ROK)
2016 "Revolving Doors" Non-album single


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  2. ^ "Söngvakeppnin 2013". Eurovision Song Contest Selection. RÚV. 2013. Archived from the original on 2013-01-29. Retrieved 2013-01-14. 
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  7. ^ "Discography Jóhanna Gudrún Jónsdóttir". Hung Medien. irish-charts.com/. 
  8. ^ "Discography Jóhanna Gudrún Jónsdóttir". Hung Medien. norwegiancharts.com/. 
  9. ^ "Discographie Jóhanna Gudrún Jónsdóttir". Hung Medien. hitparade.ch/. 
  10. ^ "Yohanna > UK Charts". Official Charts Company. officialcharts.com/. 
  11. ^ "I Think of Angels - single". iTunes. Retrieved 22 March 2017. 
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-11-03. Retrieved 2013-11-01. 

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Preceded by
with "This Is My Life"
Iceland in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Hera Björk
with "Je ne sais quoi"
Preceded by
Sweden Timoteij
OGAE Second Chance Contest winner
Succeeded by
Spain Pastora Soler