Iceland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017

Eurovision Song Contest 2017
Country  Iceland
National selection
Selection process Söngvakeppnin 2017
Selection date(s) Semi-finals:
25 February 2017
4 March 2017
11 March 2017
Selected entrant Svala
Selected song « Paper« 
Selected songwriter(s) Svala Björgvinsdóttir
Einar Egilsson
Lester Mendez
Lily Elise
Finals performance
Semi-final result 15th, 60 points
Iceland in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄2016 2017

Iceland will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 with the song « Paper » written by Svala Björgvinsdóttir, Einar Egilsson, Lester Mendez and Lily Elise. The song will be performed by Svala Björgvinsdóttir. The Icelandic entry for the 2017 contest in Kiev, Ukraine was selected through the national final Söngvakeppnin 2017, organised by the Icelandic broadcaster Ríkisútvarpið (RÚV). The selection consisted of two semi-finals and a final, held on 25 February, 4 March and 11 March 2017 respectively. Six songs competed in each semi-final with the top three as selected by a public televote advancing to the final. In the final, the winner was selected over two rounds of voting: the first involved a 50/50 combination of regional jury voting and public televoting, which reduced the six competing entries to two superfinalists and the second round selected the winner exclusively through public televoting. « Paper » performed by Svala emerged as the winner after gaining 62.51% of the public vote.

Iceland was drawn to compete in the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest which took place on 9 May 2017. Performing during the show in position 13, « Paper » was not announced among the top 10 entries of the second semi-final and therefore did not qualify to compete in the final.


Prior to the 2017 Contest, Iceland had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest thirty times since its first entry in 1986.[1] Iceland’s best placing in the contest to this point was second, which it achieved on two occasions: in 1999 with the song « All Out of Luck » performed by Selma and in 2009 with the song « Is It True? » performed by Yohanna. Since the introduction of a semi-final to the format of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2004, Iceland has failed to qualify to the final five times. In 2016, Iceland failed to qualify to the final with the song « Hear Them Calling » performed by Greta Salóme.

RÚV confirmed their intentions to participate at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest on 22 August 2016. The Icelandic national broadcaster, Ríkisútvarpið (RÚV), broadcasts the event within Iceland and organises the selection process for the nation’s entry. Since 2006, Iceland has used a national final to select their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest, a method that has once again return for the selection of their 2017 participation.

Before Eurovision

Söngvakeppnin 2017

Söngvakeppnin 2017 was the twelfth edition of Söngvakeppnin, the music competition that selects Iceland’s entries for the Eurovision Song Contest.


Twelve songs in total competed in Söngvakeppnin 2017 where the winner was determined after two semi-finals and a final. Six songs competed in each semi-final on 25 February 2017 and 4 March 2017. The top three songs from each semi-final, as determined by public televoting qualified to the final which took place on 11 February 2017. In addition to that, an online vote selected a wildcard act for the final out of the remaining non-qualifying acts from both semi-finals. For the first time Iceland had an international jury members who are professionals in the music industry, together with Måns Zelmerlöw, Julia Zemiro, Bruno Berberes, Milica Fajgelj but also Icelandic members as: Snorri Helgason, Þórður Helgi Þórðarson and Andrea Gylfadóttir.[2] The winning entry in the final was determined over two rounds of voting: the first to select the top two via 50/50 public televoting and jury voting and the second to determine the winner with 100% televoting.

Competing entries

RÚV opened a submission period between 20 September 2016 and 28 October 2016 in order for interested parties to submit their entries. The submitted songs were not allowed to exceed three minutes, but had to contain lyrics in Icelandic for the semi-final and were performed in the language they intend to perform the song in at Eurovision in the final. RÚV announced the selected acts on 20 January 2017 with both Icelandic and English versions of each competing entry.

Competing entries
Artist Icelandic Title English Title Songwriter(s)
Arnar Jónsson & Rakel Pálsdóttir « Til mín » « Again » Hólmfríður Ósk Samúelsdóttir
Aron Brink « Þú hefur dáleitt mig » « Hypnotised » Þórunn Clausen, Michael James Down, Will Taylor, Aron Brink
Aron Hannes Emilsson « Nótt » « Tonight » Sveinn Rúnar Sigurðsson, Ágúst Ibsen
Daði Freyr Pétursson « Hvað með það? » « Is This Love? » Daði Freyr Pétursson
Erna Mist Pétursdóttir « Skuggamynd » « I’ll Be Gone » Erna Mist Pétursdóttir, Guðbjörg Magnúsdóttir
Hildur « Bammbaramm » « Bammbaramm » Hildur Kristín Stefánsdóttir
Júlí Heiðar Halldórsson & Þórdís Birna Borgarsdóttir « Heim til þín » « Get Back Home » Júlí Heiðar Halldórsson, Guðmundur Snorri Sigurðsson
Linda Hartmanns « Ástfangin » « Obvious Love » Linda Hartmanns, Erla Bolladóttir
Páll Rósinkranz & Kristina Bærendsen « Þú og ég » « You and I » Mark Brink
Rúnar Eff Rúnarsson « Mér við hlið » « Make Your Way Back Home » Rúnar Eff Rúnarsson
Sólveig Ásgeirsdóttir « Treystu á mig » « Trust In Me » Iðunn Ásgeirsdóttir, Ragnheiður Bjarnadóttir
Svala Björgvinsdóttir « Ég veit það » « Paper«  Svala Björgvinsdóttir, Einar Egilsson, Lester Mendez, Lily Elise


Semi-final 1

The first semi-final took place on 25 February 2017 where six of the competing acts presented their songs to the public. The top three entries decided solely by televoting advanced to the final.[3]

Semi-final 1 – 25 February 2017
Draw Artist Song Televote Place Result
1 Hildur « Bammbaramm » 3.287 4 Wildcard
2 Erna Mist Pétursdóttir « Skuggamynd » 1.681 6 Eliminated
3 Arnar Jónsson & Rakel Pálsdótir « Til mín » 3.319 3 Advanced
4 Júlí Heiðar Halldórsson & Þórdís Birna Borgarsdóttir « Heim til þín » 3.150 5 Eliminated
5 Rúnar Eff Rúnarsson « Mér við hlið » 4.096 2 Advanced
6 Aron Hannes Emilsson « Nótt » 11.399 1 Advanced
Semi-final 2

The second semi-final took place on 4 March 2017 where six of the competing acts will present their songs to the public. The top three entries decided solely by televoting advanced to the final.[3]

Semi-final 2 – 4 March 2017
Draw Artist Song Televote Place Result
1 Linda Hartmanns « Ástfangin » 1.408 6 Eliminated
2 Daði Freyr Pétursson « Hvað með það? » 5.005 3 Advanced
3 Svala Björgvinsdóttir « Ég veit það » 12.789 1 Advanced
4 Páll Rósinkranz & Kristina Bærendsen « Þú og ég » 3.954 4 Eliminated
5 Sólveig Ásgeirsdóttir « Treystu á mig » 2.588 5 Eliminated
6 Aron Brink « Þú hefur dáleitt mig » 10.315 2 Advanced

The final took place on 11 March 2017 where the six entries that qualified from the preceding two semi-finals and an eliminated act who got a wildcard competed to become Iceland’s Eurovision entry. The wildcard was given to Hildur with her song « Bammbramm » which was eliminated in semi-final 1. In the semi-finals, all competing entries were required to be performed in Icelandic; however, entries competing in the final were required to be presented in the language they would compete within the Eurovision Song Contest. In the first round of voting, votes from a jury panel (50%) and public televoting (50%) determined the top two entries: « Is This Love? » performed by Daði Freyr Pétursson and « Paper » performed by Svala. The top two entries advanced to a second round of voting, the superfinal, where the winner, « Paper » performed by Svala, was determined solely by televoting.

Final – 11 March 2017
Draw Artist Song Televote Jury Total Place Result
1 Aron Hannes Emilsson « Tonight » 17,552 14,604 32,156 3 Eliminated
2 Arnar Jónsson & Rakel Pálsdóttir « Again » 4,816 18,095 22,911 5 Eliminated
3 Aron Brink « Hypnotised » 14,205 11,111 25,316 4 Eliminated
4 Hildur Kristin Stefánsdóttir « Bammbaramm » 2,977 11,111 14,088 7 Eliminated
5 Rúnar Eff Rúnarsson « Make Your Way Back Home » 5,545 13,650 19,195 6 Eliminated
6 Svala Björgvinsdóttir « Paper«  45,258 24,759 70,017 1 Superfinalist
7 Daði Freyr Pétursson « Is This Love? » 25,195 22,219 47,414 2 Superfinalist
Superfinal – 11 March 2017
Artist Song Televote[4] Percentage Place
Svala Björgvinsdóttir « Paper«  79,570 62.51% 1
Daði Freyr Pétursson « Is This Love? » 47,722 37.49% 2

At Eurovision

According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the « Big 5 » (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) split up the competing countries into six different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot.[5] On 31 January 2017, a special allocation draw was held which placed each country into one of the two semi-finals, as well as which half of the show they would perform in. Iceland was placed into the first semi-final, to be held on 9 May 2017, and was scheduled to perform in the second half of the show.[6]

Once all the competing songs for the 2017 contest had been released, the running order for the semi-finals was decided by the shows’ producers rather than through another draw, so that similar songs were not placed next to each other. Iceland was set to perform in position 13, following the entry from Moldova and before the entry from the Czech Republic.[7]


  1. ^ « Iceland Country Profile ». EBU. Retrieved 3 October 2014. 
  2. ^–meirihlutinn-erlendir-fagmenn
  3. ^ a b Granger, Anthony (30 January 2017). « ICELAND: SÖNGVAKEPPNIN SEMI FINAL DRAW COMPLETE ». Eurovoix. Retrieved 14 February 2017. 
  4. ^ « Ítarleg úrslit Söngvakeppninnar birt ». Vísir. Retrieved 15 March 2017. 
  5. ^ Jordan, Paul (25 January 2017). « Semi-Final Allocation draw to take place in Kyiv ». Retrieved 25 January 2017. 
  6. ^ Jordan, Paul (31 January 2017). « Results of the Semi-Final Allocation Draw ». European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 31 January 2017. 
  7. ^ Jordan, Paul (31 March 2017). « Semi-Final running order for Eurovision 2017 revealed ». European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 12 April 2017. 

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