Ten songs will compete in Söngvakeppnin across February and March, all hoping to build on the success enjoyed by Daði Freyr og Gagnamadnið at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2021 when Iceland finished 4th. The lineup is a mix of Icelandic and international superstars (both writers and performers) and emerging talent, including an Oscar winner and an all-female rap collective... so let’s take a look…
The 10 entries (available to listen to below) will be split evenly across two Semi-Finals on Saturday 26 February and Saturday 5 March. The public will decide which two songs progress from each Semi-Final, alongside a potential wildcard entry decided by Söngvakeppnin’s executive committee.
The winner of the five-song Grand Final on Saturday 12 March will be decided by a combination of televotes and an international jury.
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Our hosts for the contest are Björg Magnúsdóttir, Jón Jónsson and Ragnhildur Steinunn Jónsdóttir, and they are expected to be joined by special guests; the likes of Måns Zelmerlöw, Loreen, Alexander Rybak and Sandra Kim have performed at Söngvakeppnin in recent years.
The Icelandic competition’s unique set of rules state that songs must be performed in Icelandic during the Semi-Finals but can switch to English should an act qualify for the Grand Final. This is why some songs have extra lyricists credited.
This year, one song (Með Hækkandi Sól) will remain in Icelandic throughout the duration of the run.
Söngvakeppnin 2022 participants
Semi-Final 1: Saturday 26 February
Amarosis – Don’t You Know (Íslenska Útgáfan)
English: Don’t You Know
Music & Lyrics: Már & Ísold
Stefán Óli – Ljósið
English: All I Know
Music: Andri Þór Jónsson / Birgir Steinn Stefánsson
Icelandic lyrics: Andri Þór Jónsson / Birgir Steinn Stefánsson / Stefán Hilmarsson
English lyrics: Andri Þór Jónsson / Birgir Steinn Stefánsson
Haffi Haff – Gía
Music: Steinar Jónsson / Sigurður Ásgeir Árnason
Lyrics: Hafsteinn Þór Guðjónsson / Sigurður Ásgeir Árnason
Stefanía Svavarsdóttir – Hjartað Mitt
English: Heart of Mine
Music: Halldór Gunnar Pálsson
Lyrics: Magnús Þór Sigmundsson
Sigga, Beta and Elín – Með Hækkandi Sól
Music & Lyrics: Lovísa Elísabet Sigrúnardóttir
Semi-Final 2: Saturday 5 March February
Markéta Irglová – Mögulegt
Music: Markéta Irglová
Icelandic Lyrics: Markéta Irglová / Sturla Mio Þórisson
English Lyrics: Markéta Irglová
SUNCITY & SANNA – Hækkum Í Botn
English: Keep It Cool
Music: Sveinn Rúnar Sigurðsson / Valgeir Magnússon
Icelandic Lyrics: Valgeir Magnússon / Davíð Guðbrandsson
English Lyrics: Sanna Martinez / Anders Eriksson / Marc Caplice / Valgeir Magnússon
Reykjavíkurdætur (Daughters of Reykjavík) – Tökum Af Stað
English: Turn This Around
Music & Lyrics: Reykjavíkurdætur (Daughters of Reykjavík)
Katla – Þaðan Af
English: Then Again
Music: Jóhannes Damian Patreksson / Kristinn Óli S. Haraldsson / Hafsteinn Þráinsson / Snorri Beck
Lyrics: Kristinn Óli S. Haraldsson
Hanna Mia and The Astrotourists – Séns Með Þér
Song: Hanna Mia Brekkan / Sakaris Emil Joensen
Icelandic Lyrics: Nína Richter
English Lyrics: Hanna Mia Brekkan / Sakaris Emil Joensen
The shows will be broadcast on RÚV and all entries can be enjoyed on the RÚV YouTube channel and on Spotify.