ICELAND – Let’s welcome the Icelandic Johnny Logan. Ari delivers perfect vocals and give an outstanding performance which might look outdated to some but wee all have to admit that this is a great song. There seem to be technical problems with the cameras and the camera work should improve. I cannot see how the betting odds will improve and I don’t see much of support of the media and fans to see this one to the final although personally I would love to. Ari is a tremendous personality anyway and he is so funny he deserves to get in but it’s going to be hard especially being in a semi final like this. But we all have it admit that in terms of performance he is perfect. My only hesitation would bee the outfit. He should definitely re consider.
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ESCKAZ.COM: No matter how good he will perform, qualifying will most likely prove a very hard task for Iceland once again.
ESCBUBBLE.COM: A lot of Johnny Logan vibes from this entry, but unfortunately not really bound for the same success.
ESCXTRA.COM: The costume is, unfortunately, unchanged. The white jacket has returned with its red metro map print, as has the red turtleneck.
EUROVOIX.COM: The end of the performance sees the backing singers embrace Ari, this is change from the first run through.
WIWIBLOGGS.COM: This felt much classier today. A series of red and golden lights give the performance a much more elegant feel, and they play well on Ari’s red and white outfit
ICELAND – Icelandic national broadcaster announced the allocation of the 12 semi finalists in the two shows scheduled for February 10tha dn 17th respectively. Following also thee tradition of inviting Nordic Eurostars, this year will not be any exception. Robin Bengtsson, the man who Brough Sweden once again in the top five in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest will attend the final and perform.
FIRST SEMI FINAL
Ari Ólafsson – Heim/Our choice
Fókus hópurinn – Aldrei gefast upp/Battleline
Þórunn Antonía – Ég mun skína/Shine
Þórir Geir Guðmundsson & Gyða Margrét Kristjánsdóttir – Brosa/With you
Tómas Helgi Wehmeier & Sólborg Guðbrandsdóttir – Ég og þú/Think it through
Heimilistónar – Kúst og fæjó
SECOND SEMI FINAL
Aron Hannes – Golddigger/Gold digger
Áttan – Hér með þér/Here for you
Dagur Sigurðarson – Í stormi/Saviour
Stefanía Svavarsdóttir, Agnes Marinósdóttir & Regína Lilja Magnúsdóttir – Svaka stuð/Heart attack
Guðmundur Þórarinsson – Litir/Colours
Rakel Pálsdóttir – Óskin mín/My wish
Söngvakeppnin 2018 will be the thirteenth edition of Söngvakeppnin, the music competition that selects Iceland’s entries for the Eurovision Song Contest. It will consist of three shows: two semi-finals that will take place at the Háskólabíó conference hall in Reykjavík on 10 and 17 February 2018, and a final that will take place at the Laugardalshöll in Reykjavík on 3 March 2018.
Twelve songs in total will compete in Söngvakeppnin 2018, where the winner will be determined after two semi-finals and a final. Six songs will compete in each semi-final on 10 February 2018 and 17 February 2018. The top three songs from each semi-final will qualify to the final which will take place on 3 March 2018. In addition to that, a special jury panel will select a wildcard act for the final out of the remaining non-qualifying acts from both semi-finals.
RÚV opened a submission period between 6 September 2017 and 20 October 2017 in order for interested parties to submit their entries. The submitted songs were not allowed to exceed three minutes, but had to contain lyrics in Icelandic for the semi-final and are to be performed in the language they intend to perform the song in at Eurovision in the final. RÚV announced the selected acts on 20 January 2017 with both Icelandic and English versions of each competing entry.
ICELAND – It seems that the Icelandic national broadcaster is about to announce the following list of participants for the 2018 edition of Söngvakeppnin, the show through which the country will decide its participation in the Eurovision Song Contest. Although the announcement is set for tonight at around 21:00 CET the list seems to have as follow:
LIST OF PARTICIPANTS
Aron Hannes – Golddigger / Gold Digger
Áttan – Hér með þér / Here for You
Ari Ólafsson – Heim / Our Choice
Fókus hópurinn – Aldrei gefast upp / Battleline
Dagur Sigurðarson – Í stormi / Saviour
Stefanía Svavarsdóttir, Agnes Marinósdóttir & Regína Lilja Magnúsdóttir – Svaka stuð / Heart Attack
Þórunn Antonía – Ég mun skína / Shine
Guðmundur Þórarinsson – Litir / Colours
Þórir Geir Guðmundsson & Gyða Margrét Kristjánsdóttir – Brosa / With You
Tómas Helgi Wehmeier & Sólborg Guðbrandsdóttir – Ég og þú / Think It Through
Rakel Pálsdóttir – Óskin mín / My Wish
Heimilistónar – Kúst og fæjó
DID YOU KNOW?
Svala took a break from music and moved back to Iceland with her husband. In 2015 Svala joined the franchise “The Voice” in Iceland as one of the four judges. Sixty singers were selected to participate in the Icelandic version of the show, which was aired in the autumn of 2015. The Voice is one of the most popular talent competitions in the world, with over 500 million viewers, and the first edition of the Iceland version of the franchise was said to have been watched by 30% of the population. In early 2016 Svala formed the duo Blissful with her husband and later in 2016 they released their first single “Elevate” which has gotten over 230000 plays on Spotify. On 11 March 2017, she won the Icelandic national selection. of Eurovision in Iceland with overwhelming majority of the votes and it was announced that Svala is going to represent Iceland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 with her song “Paper” which she wrote with Einar Egilsson, Lester Mendez and Lily Elise. She performed in the first semi-final of the contest, which took place on 9 May, and failed to qualify to the final.
ICELAND – It seems that Iceland confirmed their participation in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest and the national broadcaster seems to have given a date for it. There seems to be two semi finals on February 10 and 17 respectively and a final of Söngvakeppnin on March 3rd.
Iceland has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 30 times since its debut in 1986, missing only two contests since then, in 1998 and 2002, when prevented from competing due to finishing outside qualification places the preceding years. The country’s best result is two second-place finishes, with Selma in 1999 and Yohanna in 2009.
Since the introduction of the semi-final round in 2004, Iceland has failed to qualify for the final six times, including for the last three years (2015–17). As of 2017, Iceland is the only Northern European country that has yet to win the Eurovision Song Contest.