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Saturday, 26 January 2013 19:45

Iceland: Three More Qualifiers and a Wildcard

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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
Last modified on Saturday, 26 January 2013 21:37