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Tuesday, 13 November 2012 00:00

Iceland: Entries for National Final Published

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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 


Last modified on Tuesday, 13 November 2012 00:15