Category Archives: Iceland

Pollapönk takes the win in Iceland

pollapönk It was another exciting Söngvakeppnin in Reykjavik yesterday, with six songs duking it out for the ticket to Copenhagen.  We saw a wide variety of genres in the half-dozen participants: opera, disco-twinged pop, Gatsby-era flappers, twee ukulele playing, and a smoldering, soulful bit of theatricality.  But only one song could clinch the victory…

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Preview: Iceland’s Söngvakeppnin Final

Saturday at 8:45 PM CET, Icelandic network Ríkisútvarpið (or RÚV to the less-linguistically-adept) will broadcast the final of Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsins and decide who will represent the nation in Denmark.  Iceland’s running on a bit of a hot streak, having qualified every year since Eurobandið sang “This is My Life” back in 2008…who’ll have to face the challenge of keeping the positive trend going? Read the rest of this entry

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.
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Preview: Iceland’s Söngvakeppnin Final

Iceland, the only Nordic nation that is yet to win a Eurovision title, will select their representative on Saturday as the finals of Söngvakeppnin 2013 commence at the Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavík.  After a pair of Semifinals held last weekend whittled the 12 competitors down (and shockingly eliminated previous ESC runner-up Yohanna as well as fan favorite Erna Hrönn), we’ll see the nation’s seven remaining hopefuls battle it out for the coveted ticket to Sweden.  Read the rest of this entry

Another day, another new crop of videos…

As expected, new promotional videos for this year’s Eurovision songs keep on rolling in.  Let’s take a look at what today has brought us:

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Iceland has decided: it’s Jónsi and Gréta Salóme!

The highly-anticipated Final of Iceland’s National Selection, Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsins (try saying that five times fast!), wrapped up this Saturday, with seven songs vying for the victory and the chance to represent the nation in Baku this May.  Despite a number of strong performances, only one song could win… Read the rest of this entry

The Weekend Preview: Super Saturday and Beyond…

It’s gearing up to be a very busy weekend in the world of Eurovision.  On Saturday, the second semifinal of Sweden’s Melodifestivalen will kick off, live from Göteborg (and more details on the competing songs can be found here.  We’ll also see the second Lithuanian semifinal (but due to conflicting reports on the lineup of the event, I hesitate to post the competing songs).  Most eyes, however, will likely be on one of the three National Finals that are to be held.  We will get our official songs from Hungary, Norway, and Iceland before the day is out.  Let’s take a look at the respective lineups one more time, shall we? Read the rest of this entry

Results: Third Semifinal in Iceland

The last semifinal for Iceland’s Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsins was held on Saturday, and (as we’ve come to expect) five songs were competing for two spots in the Final.

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Third Group of Semifinalists Revealed in Iceland

Icelandic broadcaster RÚV has posted the songs that will make up the third and last semifinal of Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsins to decide who will represent the country in Baku.  And the candidate songs are: Read the rest of this entry

Results: Semifinal 2 in Iceland

This Saturday marked the Second Semifinal of Iceland’s National Selection, or “Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsins”, where five songs were competing for two spots in February 11th’s Final.  Making it through to the next round were:

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