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.