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Saturday, 28 January 2012 20:00

Iceland: The Last Two Finalists Known

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Two weeks ago marked the beginning of the Icelandic selection for the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest which is set to take place in the Crystal Palace in Baku, Azerbaijan. Within each semi-final there has been five acts who have taken to the stage and all of the performances have been equally enchanting but the public and the jury have made their respective choices with four acts already through to the final set to take place on the 11th February 2012. It will be an interesting battle once more with performances by the acts following by in show interviews and clips from former editions of the Icelandic selection for the Eurovision Song Contest.

The showcase this will be not be any different actually because there will be five acts competing against each other with two making it through to the final stage of the competition set for the 11th February 2012. One could follow the show through a live webcast aired through to the official channel known as RUV. The genres are really different and Iceland have for another year put in a lot of effort in their selection process, something which should really be noted as some countries have not managed to pull in their best talent and entries but this is surely not the case for Iceland.

The Show (Part 1)

Covering this selection process for the past four years, one becomes accustomed to some people and the host is the same as the one that has been seen within this respective period. She is charming in a black shirt and trousers which suits her slim figure perfectly. Nevertheless, a backstage host is also present. They are currently presenting the process and it seems that we are off to the very first clips which will be introducing the respective artists. A hearty good luck to all of the acts we begin this process together.

Running Order

01. Herbert Guðmundsson - Eilíf ást (Herbert Guðmundsson, Svanur Herbertsson)

The first act of the evening is performed by someone who is quite advanced in his age and looks just like Johnny Logan. He is clad in a black suit but he does not over do it keeping somewhat casual without the tie. He is joined by five backing vocals; three of which are female and two of which are male. There is some sort of fashion disaster going on amongst the women who are just agreeing in terms of colour schemes. The vocals are good but this song is too repetitive for my liking. The idea of it trying to become better in the bridge fails miserably and this is a non-qualifier.

02. Magni Ásgeirsson - Hugarró (Sveinn Rúnar Sigurðsson, Thórunn Erna Clausen)

This time last year, Magni was performing a song penned by none other than Gerard James Borg finishing in the runner-up position. This time round, he is back with a different team and the track is a melanchonic type of rock/ballad which he performs to perfection. He is clad in black attire and he is joined by a band including guitarrists and bassists. The song is quite slow in tempo but then again develops at quite a good pace. A wonderful performed which is aided well through the respective lighting used. The bridge is beautiful as Magni comes full circle.

03. Greta Salóme, Heiða and Guðrún Árný - Aldrei sleppir mér (Greta Salóme Stefánsdóttir)

Three ladies dressed in white Grecian like dresses are currently on stage and their beauty is superb and the song seems to be as equally hauting. The song is very beautiful and it somewhat reminds me of the Vard Sisters in the Irish selection last year. The vocals are spot on and I must say that they do not have any issues what so ever. They are joined by three backing vocals and form a line in order to take on the chorus in the bridge together climaxing with a strong note but the end could have been done slightly better. Beautiful, enchanting and breathtaking nevertheless.

04. Svenni Þór - Augun þín (Hilmar Hlíðberg Gunnarsson, Þorsteinn Eggertsson)

This is the second song of the evening with the basis being on a band performance rather than just one singer. The image that the main artist is portraying is quite an interesting one. The track is a pop/rock track with the chorus including the refrain in a number of occasions. The music is quite haunting as well and it seems that Iceland is quickly becoming the new Estonia in modern songs. The guitar solos sound astounding but the piano just afterwards just sounds even more beautiful. The vocals are very well performed and the extremely high note is perfect! Well Done! This should qualify.

05. Iris Lind Verudóttir - Aldrei segja aldrei (Pétur Arnar Kristinsson)

Well the performances have been quite the classical endeavours actually with the performer of this song clad in a long maroon type dress. Then again, she is also joined by four backing vocals, two were female and two were male. The vocals are charming and beautiful at the very same time and they work quite well with the overall performance. The genre is that of a melodic ballad with hints of soul but I am not sure that it can impress in the Eurovision Song Contest. Best of luck nevertheless to everyone this evening.

The Show (Part 2)

The show is already coming to an end with the songs just having finished. In fact, the recap has just been introduced and voting in ongoing. As is done each and every week during the interval, guests are presented to the audience and a live interview is held on the stage as the tele-voting period comes to an end once and for all. Following more talk and announcements, the results are here and they are as follows:

01. Magni Ásgeirsson - Hugarró (Sveinn Rúnar Sigurðsson, Thórunn Erna Clausen)

02. Greta Salóme, Heiða and Guðrún Árný - Aldrei sleppir mér (Greta Salóme Stefánsdóttir)

Last modified on Sunday, 29 January 2012 19:35