Iceland has selected their Eurovision entry! After an exciting night with 5 performances in the Söngvakeppnin final, the winner was determined: Sigga, Beta & Elín with “Með hækkandi sól”!
Iceland’s national final was divided into 2 semi-finals, from which 2 acts qualified. Rounding up to the 5 songs of the evening was the Wildcard: A jury had the option of sending “eitt lag enn” (one more song) through to the final, which they decided to do. They gave the wildcard to sister and brother duo Amarosis with “Don’t You Know”, who competed in the first semi.
In the final, the results were determined by a 50/50 combination of jury points and televote, after which 2 acts go to the superfinal which is based on 100% televote. Musicians, tv-people and fans, from Iceland, Finland, Norway, Sweden and the Netherlands make up this year’s international jury. The members of the jury were:
- Daði Freyr – Musician – Iceland
- Heidi Välkkilä – Head of marketing at YLE – Finland
- Ragnheiður Gröndal – Musician – Iceland
- Stig Karlsen – Project manager at NRK – Norway
- Tusse – Musician – Sweden
- Sóley Stefánsdóttir – Musician – Iceland
- Barry Van Corneval – Organizer of Eurovision in Concert – The Netherlands
Last year’s Icelandic participant, Daði Freyr (and Gagnamagnið) and Tusse, who represented Sweden in Eurovision Song Contest 2021, also performed final.
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|1||Sigga, Beta & Elín||Með hækkandi sól|
|2||Reykjavíkurdætur||Turn This Around|
About Sigga, Beta and Elín
Sisters Sigga, Beta and Elín grew up in a musical family. Their mother is singer Ellen Kristjánsdóttir, their father is musician Eyþór Gunnarsson and their uncle is blues/folk musician KK (Kristján Kristjánsson). Ellen has participated in Söngvakeppnin twice; she came 2nd in 1989 with “Línudans” and finished 5th in 1990 with “Ég læt mig dreyma“.
The three have their individual solo careers, but they might still be best known under their band name Sísý Ey. The sisters founded the house/electronica group along with DJ Oculus back in 2011. Their single, “Ain’t Got Nobody“, which was released in 2013, shot straight to the top of the Icelandic charts. They have played several international festivals, such as Glastonbury, Sonar Barcelona and (of course) Iceland Airwaves.
They have also played more folky stuff, so the sound we’re getting from their Söngvakeppnin entry is absolutely nothing new from them. However, it’s been a while since they were quite this lowkey. Their entry, Með hækkandi sól, is written by the singer/songwriter Lay Low. In Söngvakeppnin they are joined on stage by their brother, Eyþór, on drums. In addition to singing, the sisters also play instruments on stage; Sigga plays the electric guitar, Beta plays the bass and Elín plays the accoustic guitar.
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