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
Final:
11 March 2017
Iceland in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄2016 2017

Iceland will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. The Icelandic broadcaster Ríkisútvarpið (RÚV) will organise the national final Söngvakeppnin 2017 in order to select the Icelandic entry for the 2017 contest in Kiev, Ukraine.

Background

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

Format

The show will consist of two semi-finals, taken place on the 25 February and the 4 March 2017 in Háskólabíó, the final of the competition is scheduled to take place on 11 March 2017 in Laugardalshöllin, the national indoor arena. Six songs will compete in each semi-final, with the top 3 from each advancing to the Grand Final, decided by public televoting. The final will consist of six entries that, via 50/50 public televoting and jury voting, will be shortened to a top 2, winning entry will be determined by the ‘gold final’ in which the top two entries in the final will battle it out for the title of Iceland’s 2017 Eurovision entry, decided by public tele-voting.

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 must contain lyrics in Icelandic for the semi-final and will be 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

Shows

Semi-final 1

The first semi-final will take place on 25 February 2017, where six of the competing acts will present their songs to the public. The top three entries decided solely by televoting will advance to the final.[2]

Semi-final 1 – 25 February 2017
Draw Artist Song Televote Place Result
1 Aron Hannes Emilsson « Nótt »
2 Hildur « Bammbaramm »
3 Rúnar Eff Rúnarsson « Mér við hli »
4 Júlí Heiðar Halldórsson & Þórdís Birna Borgarsdóttir « Heim til þín »
5 Erna Mist Pétursdóttir « Skuggamynd »
6 Arnar Jónsson & Rakel Pálsdóttir « Til mín »
Semi-final 2

The second semi-final will take 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 will advance to the final.[2]

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

References

  1. ^ « Iceland Country Profile ». EBU. Retrieved 3 October 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Granger, Anthony (30 January 2017). « ICELAND: SÖNGVAKEPPNIN SEMI FINAL DRAW COMPLETE ». eurovoix.com. Eurovoix. Retrieved 14 February 2017. 

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