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Sunday, 03 February 2013 16:13

Iceland: Eyþór Wins Ticket to Malmö

Malta was not the only country selecting the entry for the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest last night noting that Iceland were also making their decision and following a public and jury vote, it was decided that two entries would compete for the role and these were none other than Ég á líf performed by Eyþór Ingi Gunnlaugsson and Ég syng! sung by Unnur Eggertsdóttir, which competed in two different semi-finals, in which they were presumably the winners. The tele-voting had the most pivotal say in the final outcome though especially with Iceland having chosen qualifying entries for the past five years.

When the result was announced, it was decided that the winning song would be Ég á Líf, a beautiful ballad performed by Eyþór Ingi Gunnlaugsson, co-written by Örlygur Smári and Pétur Örn Guðmundsson. This is definitely not a new songwriting team having also worked with Gerard James Borg and Chiara in recent years. Iceland never won the Eurovision Song Contest. Their closest result was a 2nd in 2009 with the song Is It True? performed by Yohanna and in 1999 with All Out of Luck performed in 1999. This year are competing in the first part of the second semi-final alongside Malta. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest results.

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Saturday, 26 January 2013 20:45

Iceland: Three More Qualifiers and a Wildcard

RUV, the broadcaster responsible for the participation of Iceland in the Eurovision Song Contest has been taking the competition very seriously in recent years and this has shown in consistent qualifications. Following the success achieved by Yohanna and her entry Is It True? The country has never looked back and with an increasing amount of submissions received this time round, the panel of internal judges as picked by the broadcaster is finding it more difficult to select which tracks should make it to the live stage. This evenings’ second semi-final will follow where last night left off in terms of song quality and will be hoping that the three qualifiers chosen by the public will ultimately be worth their place. Due to the fact that the entries are all in Icelandic, it is expected that the winning entry will be translated to English for international recognition.

RUV, the broadcaster has somewhat decided to change the hosts this time round maybe believing that after four years, some individuals needed to be given a chance considering the high viewing figures and has tipped Guðrún Dís Emilsdóttir and Þórhallur Gunnarsson. There were no real surprises last night, except maybe for Yohanna who had represent the country in 2009 with the track Is It True? Her entry was not as strong this time round and it showed when it came to public perception. Diversity is the key for success in any selection process and there are several genres represented albeit being on a slower path than somewhat expected. The second semi-final could be followed by the international audience through the official website at around 21:00 CET. Three entries will make it through to the next stage of the competition, with the possibility of an additional wildcard from any semi-final to be decided in due course.
 
Augnablik - Erna Hrönn Ólafsdóttir 
 
Erna Hrönn Ólafsdóttir Iceland: Second semi finalists (Photo: RÚV)
 
Closed the night with a more traditional song. This may attract the older crowds. The voice is quite powerful, especially at the climax of the song, but the singer herself lacks stage presence and is quite stiff throughout. Lights on the stage created an atmosphere which complemented the music.
 
Ég Syng! - Unnur Eggertsdóttir
 
Unnur Eggertsdóttir Iceland: Second semi finalists (Photo: RÚV)
 
Unnur Eggertsdottir's performance is the most lively of the night so far, and the first to include dancers. Together with her backing vocalists and dancers, life was brought to the stage. The performance lacked the maturity that other contenders possess but the upbeat melody may win over the younger crowd.
 
Skuggamynd - Klara Ósk Elíasdóttir
 
Klara Ósk Elíasdóttir Iceland: Second semi finalists (Photo: RÚV)
 
Klara Ósk Elíasdóttir took on the stage solo accompanied by 4 backing vocalists. Here live performance included an extravagant outfit with a train that almost covered the stage. The rhythm of the song was  reflected by the wind movement of the train. The vocals were quite good indeed but nevertheless, this needed a little bit more of a strong point for it to stand out more, nevertheless, a good entry.
 
Stund Með þér - Sylvía Erla Scheving
 
Sylvía Erla Scheving Iceland: Second semi finalists (Photo: RÚV)
 
Sylvia Erla Scheving  began the performance quietly but as the song reached a climax, she was joined by 5 backing vocalists. These were necessary since her voice lacked power. Her bright red outfit attempted to bring more live to the performance but it's effect wasn't felt.
 
Til þín - Jógvan Hansen and Stefanía Svavarsdóttir
 
Jógvan Hansen and Stefanía Svavarsdóttir Iceland: Second semi finalists (Photo: RÚV)
 
Jogvan Hansen and Stefania Svavarsdottir performed their powerful duet. Their vocals blended in together perfectly due to their amazing chemistry. They were wearing colour coordinated outfits consisting of black and blue colours. This duo is very very likable to win since load roars were heard from the audience at the end of the song.
 
Vinátta - Haraldur Reynisson
 
Haraldur Reynisson Iceland: Second semi finalists (Photo: RÚV)
 
Haraldur Reynisson takes the stage accompnied by his acoustic guitar and two female vocalists. The performance has an intimate and seductive feel with a candlelit stage. It is not your typical Eurovision song but has a soothing and mellow ring to it. Regardless of this, the song lacks that winning element that a song requires in such a contest.
 
The Show (Part 2)

The selection process of the showcase has just come to an end and therefore, the tele-voting has just begun in Denmark as three entries will be selected this evening to join the songs that had garnered a pass to the final last night. Amongst the contenders there is none other than the 2003 Eurovision Song Contest representative, Birgitta who is hoping to succeed in her comeback bid. A recap of this evenings' entries has just been shown on screen. The show progresses with backstage interviews. Discussions about the performances follow. Iceland really know how to prolong their semi-finals to be honest, with some meaningless discussion which international viewers cannot enjoy. whilst the votes are being assorted, a band has taken the stage to keep the audience entertained whilst the eagerly await the announcement of the qualifiers.
 
Qualifiers:
  • Til þín - Jógvan Hansen and Stefanía Svavarsdóttir
  • Vinátta - Haraldur Reynisson
  • Ég Syng! - Unnur Eggertsdóttir
  • Ekki líta undan - Magni Ásgeirsson
Friday, 25 January 2013 20:50

Iceland: First Three Finalists Selected

RUV, the broadcaster responsible for the participation of Iceland in the Eurovision Song Contest has been taking the competition very seriously in recent years and this has shown in consistent qualifications. Following the success achieved by Yohanna and her entry Is It True? The country has never looked back and with an increasing amount of submissions received this time round, the panel of internal judges as picked by the broadcaster is finding it more difficult to select which tracks should make it to the live stage. This evenings’ first semi-final will showcase the leap of song quality witnessed in the past couple of years despite the use of the Icelandic language. It is expected that the winning entry will then be translated into English for better international recognition.

Guðrún Dís Emilsdóttir and Þórhallur Gunnarsson will be the hosts for the pre-selection process which has been coined as Söngvakeppnin 2013. The chosen performers are somewhat well known in the Icelandic music industry, with two particular artists having already been to the Eurovision Song Contest, these being Birgitta and Yohanna who did their country proud back in 2003 and 2009 respectively. The genres of the songs that are set to be presented could be denoted to be slightly slow but nevertheless, they evolve well and it should be an entertaining showcase. A live stream of the first semi-final this evening is set to air through the official website at around 21:00 CET. It is important to note that three entries will be making it through to the final this evening and tomorrow night with the possibility of adding a wildcard to be decided by the jury and the broadcaster in due course.

Þú - Jóhanna Guðrún Jónsdóttir

Jóhanna Guðrún Jónsdóttir (Yohanna) Iceland: First semi finalists (Photo: RÚV)

Johanna is in a gold halter shirt and is accompanied by the composer who is playing a guitar and four backing vocals, all in black. The song like all the others tonight is in Icelandic. A good pop song but has nothing special about it. Such a pity that she has returned to the competition with a weak song considering she had one of the best ballads the Eurovision has recently seen. Don't know what the competition hold tonight but it's surely not strong enough to leave any impact tonight to make the finals. 

Ekki líta undan - Magni Ásgeirsson

Magni Ásgeirsson Iceland: First semi finalists (Photo: RÚV)

A good solid rock songs follows next. The singer takes the stage all alone and carries the song brilliantly. He has a great tone to his voice and makes full use of this. He sells it well and the song reaches a nice climax which is enhanced with the lights on stage. Surely a stronger entry than the previous one and if they have to go for the song this should do really well tonight. Nothing else to say except that this might be a little bit too much for Eurovision and might not stand out at all but the quality is surely great. 

Lífið snýst - Svavar Kristinsson & Hreindís Hólm

Svavar Knútur Kristinsson and Hreindís Ylva Garðarsdóttir Hólm Iceland: First semi finalists (Photo: RÚV)

It's a sweet song that will go down well with the audience as it has the feel good factor. The main singers are accompanied by another four member on stage and they are all playing instruments along to the rhythm. The vocals are good but the duo need to work more on this especially in the parts they sing together. Good overall but once again difficult to stand out I reckon. It's a song we've seen at the Eurovision and some of them didn't do that well even though they were sung in English, so I doubt of its chances in Icelandic. 

Sá sem lætur hjartað ráða för - Edda Viðarsdóttir

Edda Viðarsdóttir  Iceland: First semi finalists (Photo: RÚV)

The singer takes the stage with three backing singers, a guitarist and person who seems to be acting whatever the singers is singing. An interesting idea which has been used before and doesn't really have much significance in this run of the mill song. The backing add an interesting touch but that is it. Her dress is probably the best thing about the song and it's not really great either. She gives a good performance but there's nothing special that stands out and screams boring. 

Ég á Líf - Eyþór Ingi Gunnlaugsson

Eyþór Ingi Gunnlaugsson Iceland: First semi finalists (Photo: RÚV)

Finally a sweet decent ballad that is melodic and sweet. The Rockish look of the singer adds an interesting touch to the performance. I don't know what he is singing about but he's warm and oozes charisma throughout. The song is great in its simplicity and this should sail through the finals tonight as it is clearly the best entry we have heard thus far. It reaches an interesting climax with a folk sound to it. I can see this in Eurovision and even though it is in Icelandic, this works as a bonus. 

Meðal Andanna - Birgitta Haukdal

Birgitta Haukdal Iceland: First semi finalists (Photo: RÚV)

Birgitta is back. I do not think that this is a better song to what she has presented back in 2003 but the entry is a strong one. Her vocals are good but sound slightly strained at certain points in the song. The camera shots and the lights work wonders to elevate this song even more. She is wearing a long white dress and accompanied by four backing vocalists in black. A typical Scandinavian ballad which surely will go down well both the public and the jurors. This is a potential winner I reckon and surely deserve to make the finals tonight alongside the previous entry.

The Show (Part 2)

The first semi-final participants have performed and three will make it through to the next phase of the competition which will be staged on the same day at the final of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. As a matter of fact, we are covering the semi-finals for this reason, to make sure that all of the acts will be analysed in the same manner. A recap has just been shown on screen, twice in order for the public at home to select their respective favourites. There seems to be a discussion on the programme about something related to music. Nevertheless, the announcement is expected sometime soon. A former Icelandic entry is performed by an upcoming group.

Qualifier 1: Meðal Andanna - Birgitta Haukdal

Qualifier 2: Lífið snýst - Svavar Kristinsson & Hreindís Hólm

Qualifier 3: Ég á Líf - Eyþór Ingi Gunnlaugsson

Monday, 14 January 2013 15:15

Iceland: RÚV Publishes Songs Online

The Scandinavian country of Iceland is very similar to the Mediterranean country of Malta when it comes to competing in the Eurovision Song Contest noting that we are both competing for the twenty-sixth time in the event and that we have come close to winning the showcase on two occasions without actually coming out on top. In recent years, qualification to the finals of the prestigious musical event has been assured as the highest possible entries are being presented on behalf of the nation including the 2009 first runner-up, Is It True? by Yohanna. This time round, the broadcaster received a record number of 240 submissions and somewhat found it extremely hard to decide on which entries should ultimately make it through to the live stages.

Nevertheless, a decision was made and twelve (12) entries were selection for the national selection which has been coined as Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsins throughout the years. Six (6) entries featuring either solo performers or duets will be competing in each respective semi-final set to take place at the end of this month as detailed below but the main focus is surely the tracks themselves which have been released to the public through audio files posted on the official website of RÚV, the Icelandic broadcaster, earlier today. Amongst the performers, it is to be noted that there are two former representatives in the form of Yohanna who represented Iceland in 2009 as well as Birgitta Haudkal who did the honour in 2003. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest updates.

First Semi-Final - Friday 25th January

Second Semi-Final - Saturday 26th January

Source: RÚV, Eurovision.tv

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Thursday, 10 January 2013 20:52

Iceland: Artists for National Final Revealed

Iceland is one of the Scandinavian countries which has found success in the Eurovision Song Contest within recent years noting that they have managed to make it through to the finals every year since 2008 when the group Euroband had performed the track This is My Life to a rousing audience which enjoyed the performance. It was followed by a first runner-up finish in 2009 with the song Is It True? performed by Yohanna and whilst subsequent entries have yet failed to match the expectations, they have not disappointed in song quality and have become a contender, having been out of the loop for quite a number of years. There seems to be a renewed interest in the Söngvakeppnin with the Icelandic broadcaster receiving a record number of 240 submissions in 2013 to see which entry will follow in the footsteps of Never Forget performed by Greta Salome and Jonsi. Following the earlier revelation of the songwriters and the song titles, the artists were revealed this evening. 

RÚV, the Icelandic broadcaster wants to make sure that the tracks that they present entries of a high quality in their national selection and therefore, artists which might have performed the initial demo of the qualifying entries might not be returning for the actual showcase with a number of other vocal artists brought about in order to give a whole outlook to the competition.The list of the entries could be seen below and there are a number of familiar names including none other than former representatives; Yohanna and Brigitta Haudkall who had represented Iceland at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2009 and 2003 respectively, both acquiring top ten positions. Some other well known individuals who have also been shortlisted as songwriters are Jonas Gladnikoff who co-wrote the Irish entries in the 2009 and 2010 continental competition being Et Cetera and It's For You as well as Ashley Hicklin who one of the songwriters behind the most impressive Belgian entry in years, that being Me and My Guitar. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

First Semi-Final - Friday 25th January

  • Magni Ásgeirsson - Ekki Líta Undan (Sveinn Rúnar Sigurðsson / Ingibjörg Gunnarsdóttir)
  • Eyþór Ingi Gunnlaugsson - Ég á Líf (Örlygur Smári / Pétur Örn Guðmundsson)
  • Svavar Knútur Kristinsson and Hreindís Ylva Garðarsdóttir Hólm - Lífið Snýst (Óskarsson / Kristinsson)
  • Birgitta Haukdal - Meðal Andanna (Birgitta Haukdal / Sylvía Brynjarsdóttir / Gladnikoff / Down / Poglajen)
  • Edda Viðarsdóttir - Sá sem Lætur Hjartað Ráða För (Composer: Þórir Úlfarsson Lyrics: Kristján Hreinsson)
  • Jóhanna Guðrún Jónsdóttir (Yohanna) - Þú (Composer and Lyrics: Davíð Sigurgeirsson)

Second Semi-Final - Saturday 26th January

  • Erna Hrönn Ólafsdóttir - Augnablik (CSveinn Rúnar Sigurðsson / Ingibjörg Gunnarsdóttir)
  • Unnur Eggertsdóttir - Ég Syng! (Elíza Newman / Gísli Kristjánsson / Ken Rose / Hulda G. Geirsdóttir)
  • Klara Ósk Elíasdóttir - Skuggamynd (Hallgrímur Óskarsson / Ashley Hicklin / Bragi Valdimar Skúlason)
  • Sylvía Erla Scheving - Stund Með þér (María Björk Sverrisdóttir)
  • Jógvan Hansen and Stefanía Svavarsdóttir - Til þín (Sveinn Rúnar Sigurðsson / Ágúst Ibsen)
  • Haraldur Reynisson - Vinátta (Haraldur Reynisson)

Source: RÚV, Eurovision.tv

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The European Broadcasting Union has been pretty adamant about putting off rumours of a mass withdrawal from the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest and therefore succumbed to releasing the list of participating nations quite early due to the international media coverage which might have had a negative impact on the competition especially noting that Malmö is making several adjustments in order to accommodate a different type of show than what many have seen in recent years. The financial situation around the continent has not been a help and three of the four withdrawals; Bosnia & Herzegovina, Portugal and Slovakia have singled out this decision as the factor behind their pulling out with Turkey on the other hand believing that the recent amendments of the regulations at the event have somewhat put them in a disadvantaged position hence their disappointing results.

The Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest at the European Broadcasting Union, Jon Ola Sand is quite upbeat about the number of participating countries believing that despite the economic situation, public broadcasters are very much committed to the traditional element that the contest has created over time. In fact, since the semi-final system was introduced back in 2004, there have always been between 36 and 43 participating nations and the 39 that will take part in 2013 are similar to the amount that took part in 2010 when the competition was also held in a Scandinavian nation with Oslo, the capital city of Norway playing the role of host. Losing three countries to economic reasons was quite disappointing but nevertheless, Sand is quite 'surprised' by the decision of Turkey noting that they 'never formally objected' the rules as regulations which were brought in back in 2009, a year in which Turkey finished in fourth place.

  • Albania (RTSH)
  • Austria (ORF)
  • Armenia (AMPTV)
  • Belarus (Ictimai TV)
  • Belarus (BTRC)
  • Belgium (RTBF)
  • Bulgaria (BNT)
  • Croatia (HRT)
  • Cyprus (CyBC)
  • Denmark (DR)
  • Estonia (ERR)
  • Finland (YLE)
  • France (France 3)
  • Georgia (GPB)
  • Germany (NDR)
  • Greece (ERT)
  • Hungary (MTV)
  • Iceland (RÚV)
  • Ireland (RTÉ)
  • Israel (IBA)
  • Italy (RAI)
  • Latvia (LTV)
  • Lithuania (LRT)
  • FYR Macedonia (MKRTV)
  • Malta (PBS)
  • Moldova (TRM)
  • Montenegro (RTCG)
  • The Netherlands (TROS)
  • Norway (NRK)
  • Romania (TVR)
  • Russia (C1R)
  • San Marino (SMTV)
  • Serbia (RTS)
  • Slovenia (RTV SLO)
  • Spain (TVE)
  • Sweden (SVT)
  • Switzerland (SRG SSR)
  • Ukraine (NTU)
  • United Kingdom (BBC)

As you can see, the leading European broadcasters including the Big Five featuring; the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain and Italy return for yet another competition noting that their results are improving especially with regards to three in particular. Some countries have already revealed their entries noting that national finals have already taken place in Belarus, Switzerland, Belgium and Lithuania whilst artists have been chosen for The Netherlands, Spain and Montenegro. Despite less countries than last year, the song quality thus far looks to be quite intriguing and this could be a strong edition for the Eurovision Song Contest with Sweden surely organising it to the best ability and letting it known that whoever did not want to participate would have missed out on a great opportunity. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

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Friðrik Ómar is known to have represented his home country of Iceland in the 2008 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest alongside Regína Ósk within the duet known as Eurobandið with the track This Is My Life. In the past couple of weeks, he has gone onto release his fifth solo album entitled Outside the Ring containing ten songs, most of which are written by himself and therefore giving his effort a different life, full of personal emotions and feelings which he can now transmit through the medium of music. The release of the album took place in Harpa in an established venue known as the Reykjavik Concert Hall.

Whilst having been done by several artists in the past, Ómar took on a brand new approach to the showcase noting that he wanted to embody the title of the studio album into the performance and thus was at the centre of the venue, surrounded by people as per the Outside the Ring metaphor. This more intimate approach gave him the opportunity to connect more with the audience and really express the emotion in his music. This element was deemed to be successful as both the audience and Omar were extremely happy at how the concert turned out. This was the first release that he has supported and thus, it means more to him hence why he was riding on a high following the public perception. He has been gladly building up his career since his Eurovision Song Contest experience and will surely continue moving in the right direction. You can purchase the album through iTunes with physical copies available to order from the official webpage of Friðrik Ómar. Like Hera Bjork, Greta Salome and the Chiara from Malta, Friðrik is represented by Hands Up Music. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more news in the coming days and weeks with regards to former Eurovision Song Contest performers.

Source: Hands Up Music

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Greta Salóme, a 26-year-old Icelandic singer and violinist, is an up-and-coming artist with a classical background. She was first put into the spotlight when representing her country in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest held in Baku, Azerbaijan. Her entry was a duet with Jónsi entitled Never Forget. This song made it to the Final on the prestigious event, reaching 20th place with forty six points in total despite being a fan favourite, ultimately winning an accolade for best group at the 2012 edition of the ESC Radio Awards. It is highly noticeable that she has raw talent, which she uses intelligently to produce pop music with a classical vibe.

The exposure Greta Salóme gained in the Eurovision Song Contest landed her a record deal which would allow her to release the album that she had already been working on for two years. Greta has just recently released this debut album In The Silence, which she began round around the time when starting her Master’s degree at the Iceland Academy of the Arts in early 2010. The album, produced by Þorvaldur Bjarn, is packed with emotion. Greta admits to being very proud of her album, saying that it combines joy and sorrow, and contradictions. The Eurovision song Never Forget, which earned Greta’s recognition, is part of the album together with the Icelandic version. The mysterious and powerful sound of this album gives the listener an amazing and unique experience and showcases Greta Salóme’s fascinating talent in combining classical with contemporary music. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more news from artists who have been to the Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: Hands-Up Music

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Thursday, 06 December 2012 01:58

Iceland: Yohanna Poised for Selection Return

Iceland has been taking part in the Eurovision Song Contest for a quarter of a century and they are yet to be crowned winners of the prestigious music competition yet they have managed to overcome the premiere hurdle for five consecutive years with entries which many have dubbed as fan favourites and which have excelled through their respective performances. One of the key personnel to have managed to make the nation stand on it’s feet once more has been Yohanna who represented Iceland in the 2009 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest held in Moscow, Russia and finished in second place with the track Is It True? It seems that she has been keen on a return and next year might just be the one according to preliminary reports. 

One of the twelve entries which the Icelandic broadcaster, RÚV revealed as qualifiers bearing the name Þú is actually written by Davíð Sigurgeirsson who just happens to be Yohanna’s boyfriend. It has also been revealed that she was the one who performed the vocals on the demo version of the track and thus, a reason for why the song has now reached the final stage of the competition. Since representing her country in the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2009, she tried to return in 2011 with the track Nótt but could only manage a performance in the finals missing out to Sjónni's Friends whose entry Aftur Heim made it through to Dusseldorf, Germany. Speaking to the press, she has been very tight lipped about a possible performance in the Icelandic national final which could also feature Birgitta, the 2003 Icelandic representative, going onto state "It could well be me that ends up performing the song, but nothing has been decided yet. Davið is so laid back about the whole thing. The fact that he has made it to the final twelve songs is a victory in itself."

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It has to be noted that Yohanna was the artist who managed to secure the best result for Iceland tying with Selma who had achieved the same result back in the 1999 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the track All out of Luck missing out to Sweden and Charlotte Perelli’s Take Me To Your Heaven. In the past year, Yohanna decided to leave Iceland and move to Norway with the possibility of expanding her music horizons but it has been quiet thus far despite several television appearances including some notable prime time programmes. It seems that the festive season will be proving quite popular with several offers coming in for her to perform in a number of events, eventually having to decline the possibility to go on the Bó Haldórsson's Christmas show, as she did last year. In the meantime, more revelations about the Icelandic selection for the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest will be made in due course so stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Vísir, EuroVisionary.com

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Tuesday, 13 November 2012 01:00

Iceland: Entries for National Final Published

Iceland is known to be one of the less populated countries in Europe but nevertheless, in a similar fate to Malta, vocal talent is abundant and very much available around every possible corner. Taking into account the recent history of the nation in the Eurovision Song Contest, one had to realize that since the semi-final system was introduced, there have been mixed results but then again, from 2008 onwards, they have always managed to get through to the final stages of the competition including a runner-up finish in 2009 thanks to Yohanna and her entry Is It True? which was given the maximum points from the Maltese public. It seems that 2013 is bringing a renewed interest in the competition with a record number of 240 submissions out of which, twelve have been chosen.

RÚV, the Icelandic broadcaster made sure to appoint a specific jury to select the best songs out of the bunch and it seems that their deliberation has officially been made with the announcement coming forth on the national media within the hour. The list includes an intriguing amount of individuals including none other than Birgitta Haudkall who represented Iceland back in the 2003 Eurovision Song Contest with the track Open Your Heart eighth place with a total of eighty one points. Nevertheless, other prominent figures include Jonas Gladnikoff who co-wrote the Irish entries in 2009 and 2010 respectively; those being Et Cetera and It's For You. Local songwriter Sveinn Rúnar Sigurðsson co-wrote the entries for Iceland in 2004 and 2007, being Heaven and Valentine Lost and last but not least Ashley Hicklin who co-wrote the most successful Belgian entry in years, Me and My Guitar in 2010.

  • Augnablik (Sveinn Rúnar Sigurðsson, Ingibjörg Gunnarsdóttir)
  • Ég á Líf (Örlygur Smári, Pétur Örn Guðmundsson)
  • Sá Sem Lætur Hjartað Ráða För (Þórir Úlfarsson, Kristján Hreinsson)
  • Þú (Davíð Sigurgeirsson)
  • Vinátta (Haraldur Reynisson)
  • Ekki Líta Undan (Sveinn Rúnar Sigurðsson, Ingibjörg Gunnarsdóttir)
  • Kem Til þín (María Björk Sverrisdóttir)
  • Lífið (Hallgrímur Óskarsson, Bragi Valdimar Skúlason)
  • Ég Syng! (Elíza Newman, Gísli Kristjánsson & Ken Rose, Hulda G. Geirsdóttir)
  • Til þín (Sveinn Rúnar Sigurðsson, Ágúst Ibsen)
  • Meðal Andanna (Birgitta Haukdal, Sylvía Haukdal, Jonas Gladnikoff, Michael Down & Primoz Poglajen)
  • Hjartað (Hallgrímur Óskarsson, Ashley Hicklin)

RÚV is hosting two semi-finals this time round rather than the usual three semi-final process noting that six songs will be competing in each stage. Three entries will be making it through each semi-final through tele-voting with the jury having the option to select a seventh entry to join them in the final as a wildcard choice. The first semi-final which will be live from a television studio in Reykjavík will air on the 25th January with the second semi-final taking place the following day on January 26th respectively. The final is set to the following week on the 2nd February live from the Harpa Concert Hall. escflashmalta.com will be covering the Icelandic final live hopefully should it not interfere with the Malta Eurovision Song Contest which could fall on the first weekend of February or the last weekend of January. The performers of the songs will be revealed in due course so stay tuned.

Source: RÚV 

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