The Eurovision fever is currently spreading throughout all of Europe, and so it does on Iceland. The first Semi-final of Söngvakeppnin 2019 has just concluded.


With only 10 songs competing in the Icelandic national final this year, you’d think that it might be easiest to hold one grand final with 10 songs, but no, Iceland wants the Eurovision fever to last just a bit longer!

Söngvakeppnin 2019 Semi-final 1

This Saturday, 5 of the total 10 songs took to the Icelandic stage, in order to qualify for the grand final, that will take place on the 2nd of March.

These songs competed in the first semi-final, in the following order:

  1. Hatari – “Hatrið Mun Sigra”
  2. Þórdís Imsland – “Nú og Hér”
  3. Daníel Óliver – “Samt Ekki”
  4. Kristina Skoubo Bærendsen – “Ég á Mig Sjálf”
  5. Hera Björk – “Eitt Andartak”

Among tonight’s performances, we had former Icelandic Eurovision entrant Hera Björk who represented the island back in 2010, with the song “Je Ne Sais Quoi“.

A small semi-final also means, on the other hand, that we had a very short show, and it didn’t take too long before Iceland had made their decision.


After all songs were performed and a few breaks here and there, we got to the point where the results were about to be revealed. Only 2 songs qualified to the final and are still considered as a potential candidate for Iceland this year.

The 2 acts that were announced were the following:

  • Hera Björk – “Eitt Andartak”
  • Hatari – “Hatrið Mun Sigra”

A very obvious show and result, considering that we had the Icelandic Eurovision queen and the psychotic favorites, Hera Björk and Hatari. These 2 acts will now compete in the final against another 2 acts from the second semi-final, which will take place next week, featuring the remaining 5 songs left in the competition.

However, it’s not over yet for the 3 acts who failed tonight. Should RÙV find it necessary, then the Icelandic broadcaster will award one wildcard spot to one of the acts who didn’t qualify from either of the 2 semi-finals. The hope might be small, but it’s still there at least.

Here, you can listen to the songs of tonight’s qualifiers:

Do #YOU think one of these 2 will represent Iceland, and did Iceland pick the correct 2 finalists?

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