Ari Ólafsson will represent Iceland with the song “Our Choice” at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal this May.
Tonight the final of Söngvakeppnin took place in the Laugardalshöll in Reykjavík, which saw six artists perform for their chance to represent their country at the Eurovision Song Contest. In the end, it was Ari Ólafsson who came out on top with the song “Our Choice”.
Performing tonight was:
- Fókus – Battleline
- Áttan – Here for You
- Ari Ólafsson – Our Choice
- Heimilistónar – Kúst og fæjó
- Aron Hannes – Gold Digger
- Dagur Sigurðarson – Í stormi
A jury and public voting was used to decide the two entries that would advance to the super final. In the superfinal, tonight was Dagur Sigurðarson and Ari Ólafsson, and the public decided on the winner.
On the jury tonight was:
- Svala (ESC Iceland 2017)
- Robin Bengtsson (ESC Sweden 2017)
- Emmelie de Forest (ESC Denmark 2013)
- Halldór Eldjarn (Iceland)
- Hulda G. Geirsdóttir (Iceland)
- Aleksander Radic (Slovenia)
- Joana Levieva-Sawyer (Bulgaria)
Kicking off the show tonight was Robin Bengtsson who represented Sweden at last year’s Eurovision Song Contest. Performing as interval acts was Svala, who represented the country last year, and Eurovision winner Emmelie de Forest.
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.
In 2017, Svala won Söngvakeppnin and represented Iceland in Kyiv. She finished in 15th place in the first semi-final, thus failing to make the Grand Final with her song “Paper”.
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.