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Söngvakeppnin 2019: Friðrik Ómar to open the final

RÚV just revealed the running order in next week’s final of Söngvakeppnin 2019. Friðrik Ómar, who already represented Iceland in the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest, will be first on stage in the final.

Running order

  1. Friðrik Ómar – Hvað ef ér get ekki elskað
  2. Kristina Bærendsen – Mama Said
  3. Tara Mobee – Fighting for Love
  4. Hera Björk – Moving On
  5. Hatari – Hatrið mun sigra

Two songs in Icelandic

It came as a bit of a surprise to people when RÚV earlier in the week announced that two of the songs would be performed in Icelandic in the final; “Hvað ef ég get ekki elskað?” and “Hatrið mun sigra”. Since Hatari never even released an English version of their song, it was obvious that their song would be in Icelandic. Friðrik Ómar did however release his entry in both Icelandic and English, and most people assumed he would choose the English version for the final. This means that there is actually a 40% chance that we will finally hear the Icelandic language on the Eurovision stage again!

The Söngvakeppnin final

The final of Söngvakeppnin 2019 takes place on 2 March in Laugardalshöll; a sports and concert venue in Reykjavik. In addition to the five finalists, there will also be other Eurovision acts performing during the show. We already reported a while back that 2018 Eurovision runner-up, Eleni Foureira, would be part of the interval act. Now we know that last year’s Icelandic entrant, Ari Ólafsson, will also take part. In addition, RÚV has a history of bringing a “surprise act” to the final, so we’ll just have to wait and see whether they have come up with another gem for us!

New voting system

As in previous years there will be two rounds of voting in the final. In the first round, where all five finalists take part, there will be a 50/50 split between an international jury and televote. The two songs that receive the most votes in the first round will the proceed to the duel stage. They will bring with them the votes from the first round, which will then be combined with a 100% televote in the duel.

Wanna vote?

For those of you who are in Iceland next Saturday, and have an Icelandic phone number, here are the numbers you need to call if you want to vote;

  1. Hvað ef ég get ekki elskað – 9009901
  2. Mama Said – 9009902
  3. Fighting for Love – 9009903
  4. Moving On – 9009904
  5. Hatrið mun sigra – 9009905

Wanna watch?

This sounds like one of those national finals you just don’t wanna miss. If you agree and want to follow the final of Söngvakeppnin 2019, go to the RÚV website at 19.45 (Icelandic time) on 2 March.

Who’s your favorite in Söngvakeppnin 2019? Would you like to see a song in Icelandic representing Iceland at Eurovision again? And would you prefer a returning artist or a newcomer? Let us know in the comments below, or on social media @escxtra

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