Last Friday RÚV announced the names of the 12 acts for Söngvakeppnin 2017, and they also posted the songs, both in Icelandic and English on their website.
The songs, singers and songwriters were presented during a special TV-show, in which Ragnhildur Steinunn Jónsdóttir, one of the hosts Söngvakeppnin hosts, chatted with all the participants, and snippets of the songs were played. Right after the show ended, all the songs were posted online, allowing fans all over the world to listen to them.
A few days ahead of the announcement, RÚV also posted this photo in their facebook page, starting a veritable flood of speculation among fans. To whom do the various parts of this face belong?!?!? Now we know!
Many newcomers in Söngvakeppnin 2017
In Iceland, just like in most other countries, we have seen a lot of returning names over the years, both singers and songwriters. While this is mainly very popular among the fans, it is also good to see some new blood in the contest, and in this year’s edition of Söngvakeppnin Sjónvarpsins there are quite a few new names, both among singers and songwriters.
Eight of the 15 participants have never previously taken part in the contest, in any capacity. One of the singers have taken part as songwriter once before, and six of the singers have competed once earlier. As for the songwriters, less than half have taken part in in Söngvakeppnin previously.
The most successful, in terms of Eurovision, among the songwriters is Sveinn Rúnar Sigurðsson, who has won Söngvakeppnin twice in the past, in 2004 and 2007.
A very national national pre-selection
Among all the national pre-selections across Europe, Söngvakeppnin is by far the “most national”. All the songs have to be performed in Icelandic in the semifinals, then in the final the songs will be performed in their Eurovision version, meaning in the language they will be performed in on the stage in Kyiv in May.
Also, at least 2/3 of the songwriters have to be Icelandic. In this year’s contest, ten out of the 12 semifinalists are written by Icelanders, while only two of them have a mix of Icelandic and foreign songwriters.
Today, Icelandic newspaper Morgunblaðið revealed which acts will compete in which semifinal. It’s not known whether the entries are listed in the correct running order or in random order.
Singer; Aron Hannes
Songwriters; Sveinn Rúnar Sigurðsson, Ágúst Ibsen and StopWaitGo
Songwriter; Hildur Kristín Stefánsdóttir
Mér við hlið
Singer; Rúnar Eff
Songwriter; Rúnar Eff
Heim til þín
Singers; Júlí Heiðar and Þórdís Birna
Songwriters; Júlí Heiðar Halldórsson og Guðmundur Snorri Sigurðarson
Singer; Erna Mist
Songwriters; Guðbjörg Magnúsdóttir and Erna Mist
Singers; Arnar Jónsson og Rakel Pálsdóttir
Songwriter; Hólmfríður Ósk Samúelsdóttir
Þú hefur dáleitt mig
Singer; Aron Brink
Songwriters; Þórunn Erna Clausen, Michael James Down, Aron Brink and William Taylor
Hvað með það?
Singer; Daði Freyr Pétursson
Songwriter; Daði Freyr Pétursson
Ég veit það
Singer; Svala Björgvins
Songwriters; Einar Egilsson, Svala Björgvinsdóttir, Lester Mendez, Lily Elise and Stefán Hilmarsson
A lot of people have already picked Svala as the one to beat. She is a huge star in Iceland, and also has an international career. Icelandic fans have wanted her to take part in Söngvakeppnin for years.
Þú og ég
Singers; Páll Rósinkranz og Kristina Bærendsen
Songwriter; Mark Brink
Singer; Linda Hartmanns
Songwriters; Linda Hartmanns og Erla Bolladóttir
Treystu á mig
Singer; Sólveig Ásgeirsdóttir
Songwriters; Iðunn Ásgeirsdóttir and Ragnheiður Bjarnadóttir
Three songs from each semifinal will go through to the final, which takes place on the 11th of March. The RÚV jury has the option of choosing a wildcard, but they are not obliged to do so.
You can listen to all the 12 semifinalists, both the Icelandic and English versions, on the RÚV website.