Iceland has chosen: Eyþór Ingi Gunnlaugsson
Another Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsins has come and gone, and some of Iceland’s most popular performers gave it their all tonight on the stage of the Harpa. After seven performances, followed by a two-song Superfinal, we have a winner. Representing Iceland in Malmö this May will be Eyþór Ingi Gunnlaugsson with “Ég á Lif (I Have Life)”, who just beat out Unnur Eggertsdóttir’s “Ég Syng!” for the win.
Born in 1989, Eyþór is an accomplished stage performer, having been seen in productions of “Oliver!”, “Jesus Christ: Superstar”, and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”. That experience serves him well as he presents this anthemic love ballad, written and composed by Örlygur Smári (behind the entries in 2000, 2008, and 2010) and Pétur Örn Guðmundsson (five-time Eurovision backing singer, and a talented singer-songwriter in his own right).
It is unclear whether “Ég á Lif” will be translated into English (as has been the case in recent years), or if it will be the first Icelandic-language song Pál Oskar’s “Minn hinsti dans“, performed way back in 1997. Either way, this subtle, yet dramatic piece may have the potential to be 2013’s answer to last year’s gorgeous “Kuula“. But what’s your opinion?