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Iceland: Svala Discusses Söngvakeppnin 2017

This Saturday six artists will take to the stage in Iceland as the second 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 Svala.

Svala is back in 2017 after an impressive career that has seen her travel the world since she broke through into the music world in the mid 90s. From the start of her career she quickly established herself as one of the most in demand singers in Iceland and in 2001 released her debut album “The Real Me”. The daughter of established sing Björgvin Halldórsson she is no stranger to the world of musical talent shows and has Eurovision running in her veins. Her farther Björgvin represented Iceland at the Eurovision Song Contest 1995 with the song “Nuna”. In recent years she has been a judge on the Voice of Iceland, the show in recent years has launched a number of artists who are competing in this years Icelandic selection.

Catch up with the results of the Icelandic selection so far and find out what to expect from this weekends semi final:

Semi Final 1 – February 25:

  1. Aron Hannes Emilsson – Nótt – Qualified
  2. Hildur Kristín Stefánsdóttir – Bammbaramm
  3. Rúnar Eff Rúnarsson – Mér við hli – Qualified
  4. Júlí Heiðar Halldórsson and Þórdís Birna Borgarsdóttir  – Heim til þín
  5. Erna Mist Pétursdóttir – Skuggamynd
  6. Arnar Jónsson & Rakel Pálsdóttir – Til mín – Qualified

Semi Final 2 – March 4:

  1. Aron Brink – Þú hefur dáleitt mig
  2. Daði Freyr Pétursson – Hvað með það?
  3. Svala Björgvinsdóttir – Ég veit það’ / Paper
  4. Páll Rósinkranz and Kristina Bærendsen – Þú og ég
  5. Linda Hartmanns – Ástfangin
  6. 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.

Source: RUV

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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.
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