Despite needing to postpone the show by a week due to COVID-19 restrictions, Iceland’s Eurovision selection entered full swing this weekend. Live from RVK Studios in Reykjavík, five artists took to the stage to earn a ticket to the Söngvakeppnin final on March 12th and represent their country on the Eurovision stage.
As the rules of Söngvakeppnin state, only the the Icelandic versions of the entries were performed in tonight’s semi-final – if the artist advances to the final, they can then decide to perform either the Iceland or English version of the entry. However, it is important to note that Sigga, Beta, and Elín submitted their entry in Icelandic only for the selection. Amarosis’ song “Don’t Know You” has both an English and Icelandic version but both feature the same English title.
The running order for tonight’s semi-final was as follows:
- Amarosis – “Don’t Know You”
- Stefán Óli – “Ljósið”
- Haffi Haff – “Gía”
- Stefanía Svavarsdóttir – “Hjartað mitt”
- Sigga, Beta and Elín – “Með hækkandi sól”
In tonight’s semi-final, only two artists from the field of five qualified for the final utilizing a 100% televote process. Following the performances it was announced that Sigga, Beta and Elín and Stefán Óli will advance to the grand final.
Things may not be over for Haffi Haff, Stefanía Svavarsdóttir, and Amarosis though as the Söngvakeppnin rules allow the show’s organizers to assign a wildcard to one of the non-qualifying acts. However, there is only one wildcard available, and next week’s non-qualifiers will also be elligible should the organizers choose to use this option.
Söngvakeppnin continues on March 5th where another two acts will qualify for the final on March 12th. The semi-final begins at 20:45 PM CET on RÚV’s website.