Daði & Gagnamagnið have won Söngvakeppnin 2020, and will represent Iceland in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Think About Things”.
Tonight Iceland hosted the grand final of Söngvakeppnin 2020 live from the Laugardalshöll arena in Reykjavik. Five acts competed, with Daði & Gagnamagnið and their song “Think About Things” eventually winning the ticket to Rotterdam.
Tonight’s results were as follows:
- Ísold & Helga – Meet Me Halfway
- Daði & Gagnamagnið – Think About Things (Superfinal)
- Nína – Echo
- Iva – Oculis Videre
- Dimma – Almyrkvi (Superfinal)
The voting re-opened after Daði & Gagnamagnið and Dimma went through to the Superfinal. In the end, Daði & Gagnamagnið beat Dimma to 1st place.
Tonight’s votes were calculated through a 50-50 split between an international jury and a televote, with the Superfinal being 100% televote. The jury was made up of:
- Christina Schilling (Denmark)
- Audrius Girzadas (Lithuania)
- Edward Af Sillén (Sweden)
- Kleart Duraj (Albania)
- Alexandra Rotan (Norway)
- Klemens Hannigan (Iceland)
- Regína Ósk Óskarsdóttir (Iceland)
- Unnsteinn Manuel (Iceland)
- Ana M. Bordas (Spain)
- Eirini Giannara (Greece)
The show also featured performances from two of last year’s Eurovision entries, Norway’s KEiiNO and Iceland’s own Hatari. Daði & Gagnamagnið will now follow their 10th place when they take to the stage in Rotterdam in May.
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.