With national final season in full swing, Iceland is revealing more about its final as well. While we still have to wait until the 12th of March for the final of the Icelandic selection, RUV have already announced their guest act: Ukraine’s 2020 and 2021 representative Go_A!
International success for Go_A
Go_A represented Ukraine in Eurovision 2020 and 2021, after winning the Ukrainian preselection in 2020 and getting invited again in 2021. Their 2021 song “Shum” was a huge success at the contest, getting second place with the televote and ending up fifth overall. Since then, the Ukrainian band has gained quite some international fame, including entering the Billboard Global 200 and gaining more than 60 million streams on “Shum” at the end of 2021. Ukraine received 8 televote points from Iceland last year, so their appearance will surely be enjoyed by the Icelandic public.
This won’t be Go_A’s first performance at a national final. The group also performed at Ukraine’s selection Vidbir this year, which you can watch here:
Söngvakeppnin 2022 format and artists
The following artists will compete to represent Iceland in Eurovision 2022:
- Amarosis – Don’t You Know
- Haffi Haff – Gía / Volcano
- Hanna Mia & The Astrotourists – Séns með þér / Gemini
- Suncity & Sanna – Hækkum í botn / Keep it cool
- Katla – Þaðan af / Then Again
- Markéta Irglová – Mögulegt / Possible
- Reykjavikurdaetur – Tökum af stað / Turn This Around
- Sigga, Beta og Elín – Með hækkandi sól
- Stefán Óli – Ljósið / All I Know
- Stefanía Svavarsdottir – Hjartað mitt / Heart of Mine
Probably the most well-known name of the selection is Markéta Irglová. In 2008, the Czech singer-songwriter won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Falling Slowly” from the movie Once. She also was the main actress of the movie. She moved to Iceland in 2012 and speaks fluent Icelandic.
Haffi Haff took part in Iceland’s national selection in 2008, but failed to make it to the final. Stefanía Svavarsdóttir has participated in Söngvakeppnin in 2013 and 2015.
Söngvakeppnin 2022 will consists of two semi-finals and the final. RÚV had to postpone the whole contest and now the first semi-final takes place on 26th of February, the second semi-final on 5th of March and the final on 12th of March.
The winner of Söngvakeppnin will represent Iceland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, Italy. Iceland will take part in the first semifinal of the contest and they will perform on the second half of the show on May 10th.
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