Islande 2011

Iceland participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Düsseldorf, Germany, selecting their entry through the national final Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsins 2011, organised by Icelandic broadcaster Ríkisútvarpið (RÚV).

Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsins 2011

In a letter to the Association of Icelandic songwriters, Páll Magnússon, the managing director of Icelandic television broadcaster RÚV has announced that all entries to Söngvakeppnin 2011 shall be performed entirely in Icelandic, claiming that it’s an Icelandic song contest intended for the entertainment of Icelandic television viewers.[1]

The statement has received mixed feelings amongst the Icelandic public, who for the most part support and prefer the Icelandic Eurovision entries to be performed in English.[citation needed]

Composers can submit their entries until midnight on 18 October. The selection process is open only to residents of Iceland. Icelandic composers are however allowed to collaborate with composers residing outside Iceland and each composer may enter a maximum of three songs.[2]

The Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsins 2011 final was held on 12 February 2011.[3]

Semi-final 1

Semi-final 1–15 January 2011
Draw Artist Song Composer – Lyricist
1 Böddi & JJ Soul Band « Lagið þitt » Ingvi Þór Kormáksson
2 Haraldur Reynisson « Ef ég hefði vængi » Haraldur Reynisson
3 Pétur Örn Guðmundsson « Elísabet » Pétur Örn Guðmundsson
4 Hanna Guðný Hitchon « Huldumey » Ragnar Hermannsson – Anna Þóra Jónsdóttir
5 Erna Hrönn Ólafsdóttir « Ástin mín eina » Arnar Ástráðsson

Semi-final 2

Semi-final 2–22 January 2011
Draw Artist Song Composer – Lyricist
1 Yohanna « Nótt » María Björk Sverrisdóttir, Marcus Frenell, Beatrice – Magnús Þór Sigmundsson
2 Bryndís Ásmundsdóttir « Segðu mér » Jakob Jóhannsson – Tómas Guðmundsson
3 Kristján Gíslason & Íslenzka Sveitin « Þessi þrá » Albert G. Jónsson
4 Rakel Mjöll Leifsdóttir « Beint á ská » Tómas Hermannsson, Orri Harðarson – Rakel Mjöll Leifsdóttir
5 Matthías Matthíasson & Erla Björg Káradóttir « Eldgos » Matthías Stefánsson – Kristján Hreinsson

Semi-final 3

Sigurjón Brink was expected to compete in the semi-final, however Brink died unexpectedly on 17 January in Garðabær.[4]

Semi-final 3–29 January 2011
Draw Artist Song Composer – Lyricist
1 Hljómsveitin Buff « Sáluhjálp » Pétur Örn Guðmundsson
2 Jógvan Hansen « Ég lofa » Vigni Snæ Vigfússon, Jógvan Hansen – Sigurður Örn Jónsson
3 Magni Ásgeirsson « Ég trúi á betra líf » Hallgrím Óskarsson – Eiríkur Hauksson, Gerard James Borg
4 Georg Alexander « Morgunsól » Jóhannes Kára Kristinsson
5 Sigurjón’s Friends « Aftur heim«  Sigurjón Brink – Þórunn Erna Clausen

Final

Final – 12 February 2011.[5]
Draw Artist Song Composer – Lyricist
1 Haraldur Reynisson « Ef ég hefði vængi » Haraldur Reynisson
2 Erna Hrönn Ólafsdóttir « Ástin mín eina » Arnar Ástráðsson
3 Yohanna « Nótt » María Björk Sverrisdóttir, Marcus Frenell, Beatrice – Magnús Þór Sigmundsson
4 Matthías Matthíasson & Erla Björg Káradóttir « Eldgos » Matthías Stefánsson – Kristján Hreinsson
5 Jógvan Hansen « Ég lofa » Vigni Snæ Vigfússon, Jógvan Hansen – Sigurður Örn Jónsson
6 Magni Ásgeirsson « Ég trúi á betra líf » Hallgrím Óskarsson – Eiríkur Hauksson, Gerard James Borg
7 Sigurjón’s Friends « Aftur heim«  Sigurjón Brink – Þórunn Erna Clausen

At Eurovision

Iceland sang in fourteenth position in the first semi-final of the contest, on 10 May, qualifying for the final. Alexandru Busa of Esctoday.com regarded the Icelandic song as one of the darkest horses in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest.[6] In the final, the group got 20th, but also Hungary gave it 12 points.

Points Awarded by Iceland[7]

Points Awarded to Iceland (Semi-Final 1)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point
Points Awarded to Iceland (Final)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

References

  1. ^ H. Halldorsson, Bjarni (2010-06-02). « RÚV announces changes to Söngvakeppnin 2011 ». ESCToday. Retrieved 2010-07-10. 
  2. ^ H. Halldorsson, Bjarni (2010-09-14). « Iceland announces search for 2011 entry ». ESCToday. Retrieved 2010-09-15. 
  3. ^ Busa, Alexandru (6 November 2010). « Iceland: 16 authors in the battle for Düsseldorf ». ESCToday.com. Retrieved 6 November 2010. 
  4. ^ Bakker, Sietse. « Icelandic selection contestant Sigurjón Brink (36) died ». European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  5. ^ Busa, Alexandru (29 January 2011). « Iceland: Full line-up of the final determined ». ESCToday.com. Retrieved 29 January 2011. 
  6. ^ Jónsson, Sigurður Mikael (2011-05-10). « Einhver verður ríkur ef Ísland vinnur ». DV. Retrieved 2011-05-10. 
  7. ^ Eurovision Song Contest 2008

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