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Saturday, 26 January 2013 19:45

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.
  • Til þín - Jógvan Hansen and Stefanía Svavarsdóttir
  • Vinátta - Haraldur Reynisson
  • Ég Syng! - Unnur Eggertsdóttir
  • Ekki líta undan - Magni Ásgeirsson
Monday, 14 January 2013 14:15

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


Thursday, 10 January 2013 19:52

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