Ahead of her participation in the Söngvakeppnin final, Icelandic singer Katla and songwriter Kristinn Óli Haraldsson sit down with Angus for an interview. Katla is competing with the song Þaðan af (Then Again). They talk about how the first demo sounded completely different, the amazing response from Eurovision fans, and their upcoming tv show!
The final of Söngvakeppnin is this Saturday. 5 songs made it through from semi-finals one and two to make it to the final. The winner of Söngvakeppnin will be decided through two rounds of voting. The first round will have a 50/50 jury and televote split, with the top two making it through for a televote showdown.
Katla is an Icelandic singer and actor. Her father is a well-known Icelandic pianist. She played Hanna in the award-winning 2016 movie Hjartasteinn (Heartstone). Katla’s is also part of the cast of Vitjanir, a tv show that will air across Nordic countries starting next month. She currently is studying music and cites Sam Smith and Cynthia Erivo among her musical inspirations. She studies and works together closely with Kristinn Óli Haraldsson. Kristinn is an Icelandic actor, songwriter and rapper. He and Katla were both appeared on Ófærð, an Icelandic TV show broadcast on the BBC under the name ‘Trapped’.
Iceland’s Eurovision Journey
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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