After two semi-finals, we’re now ready to know who will represent Iceland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016. Six songs are still in the running to get the ticket. Five of them have decided to sing their songs in English, with only Elisabet Ormslev deciding she’s staying with Icelandic for her Á Ný.

Here’s the running order for tonight:

  1. Greta Salóme – Hear Them Calling
  2. Erna Hrönn & Hjörtur – I Promised You Then
  3. Karlotta – Eye Of The Storm
  4. Þórdís Birna & Guðmundur Snorri – Ready To Break Free
  5. Elísabet Ormslev – Á Ný
  6. Alda Dís – Now

 


Nick van Lith
February 20, 20168:04 pm

Good evening everyone! Welcome to Iceland’s Söngvakeppnin!


Nick van Lith
February 20, 20168:05 pm

We’re looking at some Icelandic history with the performers live in the studio. Including Greta. Bit of bias?


Nick van Lith
February 20, 20168:12 pm

This literally is a full runthrough of almost all Icelandic Eurovision entries. Quite brilliant.


Nick van Lith
February 20, 20168:19 pm

Time for the first entry tonight. It’s the hot favourite, Greta Salóme.


Nick van Lith
February 20, 20168:27 pm

Greta Salóme – Hear Them Calling

Will anyone top that? I doubt it. Greta, with the English version, is still highly convincing. Yes, there’s a bit of Måns, there’s a bit of Loreen, but it’s still refreshing to see it on the Icelandic stage. I’m a fan and I think this has secured her a ticket to Stockholm.


Nick van Lith
February 20, 20168:31 pm

Erna Hrönn & Hjörtur – I Promised You Then

Erna is vocally impeccable, she looks stunning too. Hjörtur supports her nicely, but it’s like they were more comfortable with the Icelandic version. I was, at least. I preferred Hugur Minn Er over this.


Nick van Lith
February 20, 20168:33 pm

Moving on to song #3, Karlotta!


Nick van Lith
February 20, 20168:38 pm

Karlotta – Eye of the Storm

This went very well. A good contemporary effort in Karlotta’s performance, where she looks confident. Until the big note, which she misses. And that just caused her to doubt herself and it didn’t come across after that note anymore. Sad.


Nick van Lith
February 20, 20168:42 pm

Ahhh there are Ylva and Linda Persson! They’ve been getting some national final success this year, including Iceland and Moldova. They’re ready to compete with their home country Sweden if their girl, Karlotta, wins.


Nick van Lith
February 20, 20168:54 pm

Þórdís Birna & Guðmundur Snorri – Ready To Break Free

This has rap, so I’m no fan. She’s really good though and her parts are quite enjoyable, but I just cannot work with the rap at all.


Nick van Lith
February 20, 20168:55 pm

Time for the only Icelandic song, Á Ný!


Nick van Lith
February 20, 20169:01 pm

Elísabet Ormslev – Á Ný

Possibly the best vocal of the night. It’s rather dark, with dark make-up, a dark dress and the backings in black too. I think RÚV will be hoping this Greta song doesn’t beat Greta’s own entry. It might be a superfinal of the both, if Alda Dís does weird things.


Nick van Lith
February 20, 20169:06 pm

Alda Dís – Now

This is a good song, it really is. But Alda brings some magic when she sings in Icelandic, like her song ‘Rauða Nótt’. This however is now performed in English – losing some of the magic, losing the mystery. I really preferred this when it was still Augnablik.


Nick van Lith
February 20, 20169:18 pm

So, all six songs are done now. The show is scheduled to run for another 25 minutes and we’re now back after the ad break.


Nick van Lith
February 20, 20169:24 pm

Sandra Kim is now performing her winner from 1986, J’Aime La Vie. Much of Iceland will be wondering how this beat their ICY. I’m wondering how it won.


Nick van Lith
February 20, 20169:31 pm

Another interval with Fridrik Dor and Maria Olafs. I am once again wondering why Litil Skref won. Really.


Nick van Lith
February 20, 20169:41 pm

There’s a clock counting on screen. I bet voting is closing soon – good, because we’re overrunning!


Nick van Lith
February 20, 20169:45 pm

That’s a new way of voting. ‘Now’ won the northwest region with 1950 points, ‘Hear Them Calling’ has 1820. After northeast, ‘Á Ný’ has taken the lead.


Nick van Lith
February 20, 20169:49 pm

So this is Norwegian style, where the regions vote. Now and A Ny are in the lead.


Nick van Lith
February 20, 20169:49 pm

Televoting needs to be added now. Now in the lead with 11050, A Ny on 10790, Hear Them Calling on 9100.


Nick van Lith
February 20, 20169:50 pm

Greta: 11769 votes
Erna/Hjörtur: 8218


Nick van Lith
February 20, 20169:50 pm

Karlotta: 10280
Thordis/Gudmundur: 8211


Nick van Lith
February 20, 20169:51 pm

Elisabet: 5296


Nick van Lith
February 20, 20169:51 pm

It’s Greta vs Alda…


Nick van Lith
February 20, 20169:51 pm

Alda gets… 11847 votes.


Nick van Lith
February 20, 20169:53 pm

So after that voting, we’re now going to the superfinal. That superfinal is Alda Dis – Now vs. Greta Salóme – Hear Them Calling


Nick van Lith
February 20, 20169:59 pm

Our poll currently has the following result:
Greta Salóme: 85%
Alda Dís: 15%
Our followers are clear: Greta should go to Eurovision.


Nick van Lith
February 20, 201610:07 pm

Looking at the televotes, Greta scored 78 votes less than Alda Dís, on a total of over 60000 votes. This is all to play for.


Nick van Lith
February 20, 201610:12 pm

That really is the best possible recap bit for Greta, including the pause. For Alda they’ve chosen the big note she doesn’t quite reach.


Nick van Lith
February 20, 201610:22 pm

We just saw Loreen performing. She does a lot of national finals this year, does she not?


Nick van Lith
February 20, 201610:30 pm

The more recaps I see, the more I’m convinced Greta is the better choice…


Nick van Lith
February 20, 201610:35 pm

We’re back after the break. Time to find out the winner?


Nick van Lith
February 20, 201610:37 pm

The winner of Söngvakeppnin 2016 is Greta Salóme – Hear Them Calling!


Nick van Lith
February 20, 201610:48 pm

That’s that from us tonight. Iceland
has chosen for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016. Greta Salóme will go
to Eurovision once more and we’ll hear her calling us for votes in May. Thanks for following us tonight!

Media Liaison: One of the founding members at escXtra. I'm the Dutchman who loves every little idiotic Eurovision fact there is. I usually listen to a lot of Eurovision music, but when I'm not, I listen to country music, schlager and pop, but mostly artists like Tina Turner, Emma, Ilse DeLange and Helene Fischer. On escXtra, you can find me doing pretty much anything that needs doing: Interviews, liveblogs or just your daily portion of news!

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