The twelve artists that will take part in Iceland’s Eurovision selection show Söngvakeppnin 2018 have been announced today.
Icelandic broadcaster RÚV has revealed the names and songs of the twelve Söngvakeppnin 2018 artists. The reveal was done via a televised broadcast, presented by Ragnhildur Steinunn. This is following the leak of the songs by a streaming site online earlier today.
The twelve participating artists are:
- Áttan – Hér með þér (Here for you)
- Stefanía Svavarsdóttir, Agnes Marinósdóttir & Regína Lilja Magnúsdóttir – Svaka stuð (Heart attack)
- Aron Hannes – Golddigger (Gold digger)
- Þórunn Antonía – Ég mun skína (Shine)
- Heimilistónar – Kúst og fæjó
- Þórir Geir Guðmundsson & Gyða Margrét Kristjánsdóttir – Brosa (With you)
- Tómas Helgi Wehmeier & Sólborg Guðbrandsdóttir – Ég og þú (Think it through)
- Ari Ólafsson – Heim (Our choice)
- Dagur Sigurðarson – Í stormi (Saviour)
- Guðmundur Þórarinsson – Litir (Colours)
- Rakel Pálsdóttir – Óskin mín (My wish)
- Fókus hópurinn – Aldrei gefast upp (Battleline)
The submitted songs are all in Icelandic and will be performed in the language at the Söngvakeppnin Semi-Finals. However, the language used for the performance in the Söngvakeppnin Grand Final will be the one intended for the Eurovision Song Contest.
As previously reported, Söngvakeppnin will have two Semi-Finals with six songs each, to be held on February 10 and February 17 at the Háskólabíó conference hall. Three songs from each Semi-Final, along with a seventh wildcard chosen by a special jury, will advance to the Grand Final, to be held on March 3 at Laugardalshöll arena. Ticket sales will be announced at a future date.
Söngvakeppnin, previously known as Söngvakeppni Sjónvjarpsins (“Television Singing Contest”), began in 1986 and has been the Icelandic national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest each year since 2006.
Iceland debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1986 and, aside from 2 years of relegation in 1998 and 2002, has participated 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, but has finished in 2nd on two occasions. In 1999, Selma missed out on victory in Jerusalem by 17 points, and 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, yet still finished 169 points behind the runaway winner Norway.