The first semi-final of Iceland’s national song competition took place tonight, broadcast live by RÚV from the new Söngvakeppnin Hall at Gufunes film studios in Reykjavík, and hosted by Björg Magnúsdóttir, Jón Jónsson and Ragnhildur Steinunn Jónsdóttir. We saw the first five semi-finalists compete for two places in the Grand Final on 12th March, the winner of which will represent Iceland at the Eurovision Song Contest in Turin this May. The show also featured a guest performance from Reykjavík electronic music group GusGus.
Söngvakeppnin Semi-Final 1 Results
|1||Amarosis||“Don’t You Know”||Már Gunnarsson and Ísold Wilberg.||NQ|
|2||Stefán Óli||“Ljósið”||Andri Þór Jónsson, Birgir Steinn Stefánsson, Stefán Hilmarsson||Qualified|
|3||Haffi Haff||“Gía”||Steinar Jónsson, Hafsteinn Þór Guðjónsson, Sigurður Ásgeir Árnason||NQ|
|4||Stefanía Svavarsdóttir||“Hjartað mitt”||Halldór Gunnar Pálsson, Magnús Þór Sigmundsson||NQ|
|5||Sigga, Beta and Elín||“Með hækkandi sól“||Lovísa Elísabet Sigrúnardóttir||Qualified|
That means the acts to progress to the Söngvakeppnin Grand Final from Semi-Final 1 are Stefán Óli with “Ljósið” and Sigga, Beta and Elín with “Með hækkandi sól.”
What happens next?
The next five shortlisted acts will compete in Semi-Final 2 on 5th March. The two songs with the most public votes from each semi-final advance directly to the Grand Final. Competition organisers also have the option to add one more song to the Grand Final line-up, “if it also has a role to play in the finals,” in which case the fifth song selected to progress will be announced alongside the Semi-Final 2 results on 5th March. The Söngvakeppnin 2022 Grand Final takes place on 12th March and will feature a guest performance by Go_A, Ukraine’s ESC 2021 representative.
Like what you heard?
The official Söngvakeppnin 2022 album, including the Icelandic, English and karaoke versions of all songs, is available to stream.
Iceland in the Eurovision Song Contest
Iceland made its debut on the Eurovision stage in 1986, finishing 16th with the song “Gleðibankinn” (Bank of fun) by ICY. In its 33 appearances, Iceland has finished in the top ten an impressive seven times. Iceland’s best result to date is second place, which it has achieved twice. The first time was in 1999, when Selma Björnsdóttir received 146 points for her performance of “All Out of Luck.” The second time was in 2009, with Yohanna singing “Is it True” and receiving 218 points. Iceland’s most recent representative at Eurovision was Daði og Gagnamagnið with the song “10 Years,” finishing fourth with 378 points.
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News Source: RÚV
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