In Iceland the semi final allocation draw for the artists competing in Söngvakeppnin 2017 has been completed.
The running order for the twelve artists competing in Söngvakeppnin has been completed, with Aron Hannes Emilsson opening the first semi final and Sólveig Ásgeirsdóttir closing the second semi final. Six songs are competing in each of the two semi finals, with three songs qualifying from each semi final to compete in the final.
Semi Final 1 – February 25:
- Aron Hannes Emilsson – Nótt
- Hildur Kristín Stefánsdóttir – Bammbaramm
- Rúnar Eff Rúnarsson – Mér við hli
- Júlí Heiðar Halldórsson and Þórdís Birna Borgarsdóttir – Heim til þín
- Erna Mist Pétursdóttir – Skuggamynd
- Arnar Jónsson & Rakel Pálsdóttir – Til mín
Semi Final 2 – March 4:
- Aron Brink – Þú hefur dáleitt mig
- Daði Freyr Pétursson – Hvað með það?
- Svala Björgvinsdóttir – Ég veit það’ / Paper
- Páll Rósinkranz and Kristina Bærendsen – Þú og ég
- Linda Hartmanns – Ástfangin
- Sólveig Ásgeirsdóttir – Treystu á mig
The final of Söngvakeppnin 2017 takes place on March 11, with a total of six artists competing to represent Iceland in Kyiv, Ukraine. 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. Also performing as a special guest at Söngvakeppnin is Eurovision Song Contest 2015 winner Måns Zelmerlöw.
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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.