On Saturday, Iceland will select its participant in the 60th Eurovision Song Contest. Seven songs are in the running. Following semifinals where all entrants had to peform in Icelandic, the rules stipulate that finalists should perform in whatever language they would choose should they reach the Vienna stage.
Following days of deliberation by the artists, RÚV have today published the finalists’ song titles, five of which reveal a shift to compete in English and two that remain in Icelandic.
The running order is as follows:
‘Piltur og stúlka’
Artist: Björn and members
Artist: María Ólafsdóttir
Artist: Elín Sif Halldórsdóttir
Artist: Friðrik Dór
Artist: Haukur Heidar
All twelve songs that took part in Söngvakeppnin 2015 have been released on an official album, available through Spotify and on itunes, via this link.
Whilst this has the original Icelandic version, some of the artists have this week revealed the English language versions or lyrics of their contending songs. Check out the youtube videos below.
RÚV have confirmed to escXtra that the jury for tomorrow’s final comprises:
Einar Bárðarson (Agent and producer, e.g. X Factor Iceland)
Sigríður Thorlacius (vocalist of band Hjaltalín)
Stefán Hilmarsson (ESC 1998 and 2001, composer of Iceland ESC 2002, 2004)
Jóhanna Guðrún Jónsdóttir (ESC 2009)
Valdimar Guðmundsson (vocalist of rock band Valdimar)
The 5-member jury and a public SMS vote will have a 50/50 say in choosing two superfinalists. These two will compete head to head in a SMS-only poll to earn the right to represent Iceland at Eurovision.