This Saturday six artists will take to the stage in Iceland as the first semi-final of Söngvakeppnin 2017, all in the hope of representing their nation at the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest this May in Kyiv, Ukraine. One of those six artists is Hildur Kristín Stefánsdóttir.
The 29-year-old singer only began her solo music career early last year with the release of the single ‘I’ll walk with you’. Despite only being on the scene for a year as a solo artist, American-born Hildur Kristín Stefánsdóttir has still managed to dominate the Icelandic charts and become much of a household name. In taking her first strong influence from Iceland’s most iconic musician, Björk, she has never shied away from experimenting with different styles and has embraced influences from across the music spectrum, from R&B artists such as Kanye West, and sync legends like Grimes. This wide confluence of musical influences has allowed Hildur to create her own unique sound. Passionate about every aspect of her work, Hildur has always put a strong focus on her look and the visual aspects of her music in order to better present both her personality, and her work to audiences.
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.