The Icelandic National Broadcaster, RÚV, released the list of artists and song titles (both in English and Icelandic) competing in this year’s edition of their selection – Söngvakeppnin 2019.
Also known as Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsins up until 2012, Söngvakeppnin has been a household name in the Icelandic music industry for well over 30 years.
What we knew
Despite not managing to qualify for the final evening of the Eurovision Song Contest since 2014, RÚV has kept the enthusiasm on a high.
Prior to revealing the 10 artists, we knew that they received over 130 song submissions all trying to represent the beautiful Nordic country in Tel Aviv. The artists have already taken their promo shots as previously announced on Söngvakeppnin’s Facebook page.
Söngvakeppnin 2019 competing acts
- Daniel Oliver – Samet Eki (Licky Licky)
- Elli Grill, Skaði, Glymur – Jeijó, keyrum alla leið
- Friðrik Ómar – Hvað ef eg get ekki elskað (What If I Can’t Have Love)
- Hatari – Hatrið mun siga
- Heidrun Anna Björnsdóttir – Helgi (Sunday Boy)
- Hera Björk – Eitt Andartak (Moving On)
- Ívar Daníels – þú Bætir mig (Make Me Whole)
- Kristina Skoubo Bærendsen’s – Ég á Mig Sjálf (Mama Said)
- Tara Mobee – Betri án þín (Fighting for love)
- Þórdís Imsland – Nú og hér (What are you waiting for)
The first and second semi final of Söngvakeppnin will be held in
Haskolabio on February 9th and 16th accordingly. The final evening of the contest will take place in Laugardalshöll Arena on March 2nd.
Iceland at the Eurovision Song Contest
Iceland has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 31 times since its debut in 1986, missing only two contests since then, in 1998 and 2002. Note: this was due to the now-defunct relegation format. The country’s best result is second-place, which they achieved with both Selma in 1999 and Yohanna in 2009.
Iceland has achieved a total of five top ten placements. Since the introduction of the semi-finals in 2004, Iceland has failed to qualify for the final seven times. As of 2018, Iceland is the only Nordic country that has yet to win the Eurovision Song Contest. Could 2019 be their year?
Are you looking forward to Söngvakeppnin 2019? Which Icelandic acts are you the most excited to see taking part?