One more year Iceland will choose its participant for Eurovision through the competition Söngvakeppnin. The national selection comprises two semi-finals with six songs each, and tonight the first six battled out for the first three spots in the Final on the 20th of February.
The first semi-final of Söngvakeppnin 2016 just took place at the Háskólabíó venue in Reykjavik, hosted by Ragnhildur Steinunn Jónsdóttir & Guðrún Dís Emilsdóttir. In the show three songs have won their ticket to the final:
Greta Salóme - Raddirnar
Karlotta Sigurðardóttir - Óstöðvandi
Hjörtur Traustason & Erna Hrönn Ólafsdóttir - Hugur minn er
The results were decided by televoting only.
The line-up of semi-final 1
Twelve acts in total compete for the honour to represent Iceland at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest in Sweden. They are divided in two semi-finals and the first six participated in tonight's show (in order of appearance):
Greta Salóme - Raddirnar (Greta Salóme Stefánsdóttir)
Hjörtur Traustason & Erna Hrönn Ólafsdóttir - Hugur minn er (Þórunn Erna Clausen)
The top three songs in the semi-final, chosen by televoting, qualified for the final on the 20th of February. The remaining three songs can still get a wildcard to be announced after next week's semi-final.
Greta Salóme composed the song Never Forget and performed it with Jónsi in 2012 in Baku.
Ingólfur Þórarinsson has had the the runner-up song Undir regnbogann in Söngvakeppnin 2009. He also participated in 2010.
Hjörtur Traustason was the winner in the Icelandic version of The Voice 2015.
Þórunn Erna Clausen wrote the lyrics for the song Coming Home which Sjonni‘s Friends which represented Iceland in Düsseldorf in 2011.
Sigga Eyrún performed the runner-up song, written by Karl Orgeirsson, in Söngvakeppnin in 2014.