Måns Zelmerlöw will be performing as a guest at this years Icelandic selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017.
Following Loreen’s eventful guest appearance at last years Icelandic selection, Måns Zelmerlöw has been announced as this years guest performer. Måns won the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 in Vienna, Austria with the song “Heroes”, becoming the second artist in the past 5 years to win the Eurovision Song Contest for Sweden. Måns’s winning song went on to chart at number 1 in six countries including Iceland.
Taking part in Söngvakeppnin are:
- Hildur Kristín Stefánsdóttir – Bammbaramm
- Júlí Heiðar Halldórsson and Þórdís Birna Borgarsdóttir – Heim til þín / Get Back Home
- Aron Brink – Þú hefur dáleitt mig / Hypnotised
- Arnar Jónsson & Rakel Pálsdóttir – Til mín / Again
- Erna Mist Pétursdóttir – Skuggamynd / I’ll Be Gone
- Rúnar Eff Rúnarsson – Mér við hlið / Make Your Way Back Home
- Aron Hannes Emilsson – Nótt / Tonight
- Sólveig Ásgeirsdóttir – Treystu á mig / Trust in me
- Páll Rósinkranz and Kristina Bærendsen – Þú og ég’/ You and I
- Daði Freyr Pétursson – Hvað með það? / Is this love?
- Linda Hartmanns – Ástfangin / Obvious Love
- Svala Björgvinsdóttir – Ég veit það’ / Paper
The selection will be split into two semi finals and a final which will be held on March 11, the winner will go on to represent Iceland at the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Ukraine. The dates of the shows are as follows:
- Semi Final 1 – February 25
- Semi Final 2 – March 4
- Final – March 11
A total of 12 songs will be selected to take part in the two live semi finals, three songs from each semi final will be selected to go through to the final. In the final the songs will be voted on by 50% televote and 50% jury to select the two super finalists, the two super finalists will be performed again, the winner will be the song that receives the highest number of televotes.
Tickets for Söngvakeppnin 2017 will go on sale on Wednesday.
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Iceland debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1986 and has participated annually every year since. The contest is incredibly popular in Iceland, regularly being one of the most-watched programmes of the year. Iceland has yet to win the contest to date but has finished 2nd twice in the contest. In 1999 Selma missed out on victory in Jerusalem by 17 points. In 2009 Yohanna became the most successful Icelandic entrant ever finishing 2nd in the final with the song “Is it True?” she scored 218 points – this, however, was still 169 points behind the winners Norway.