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Icelandic final line up complete

26 January 2013 at 23:32 CET

Last night we saw Svavar Knútur Kristinsson and Hreindís Ylva Garðarsdóttir Hólm, Eyþór Ingi Gunnlaugsson and Birgitta Haukdal qualify for the final of Söngvakeppnin 2013. Tonight six more acts took stage aiming to win one of the remaining three places in the final.

More about tonight's artists

Klara Ósk Elíasdóttir first started singing when eight years old. Since then she has enjoyed success with the girl group Nylon and experienced working as a warm up act for McFly, Westlife and Girls Aloud. Nylon has now evolved in to The Charlies, and most recently they have been doing some promotional work in California. This is Klara's debut in the Icelandic finals.

Jógvan Hansen and Stefanía Svavarsdóttir have joined forces for their entry in 2013. Stefania shot to fame at the age of 16 by winning a song competition in Iceland. She has worked with former Icelandic Eurovision participant Björgvin Halldórsson, and last summer performed at an ABBA tribute concert. Jógvan hails from the Faroe Islands, he has taken part in the Icelandic selection in 2009,2010 and 2011, reaching second place in the final in 2009.

Sylvía Erla Scheving is just 17 years old, and presently a student. At the age of 12 she was given singing lessons by Birgitta Haukdal as a result of which she entered the María Björk academy of song.She has studied classical vocal technique for the last two years and is excited about her first participation in the Icelandic finals.

Haraldur Reynisson is making his second appearance this year, having made the final in 2011. He is a singer/songwriter and music teacher. This year he is due to release a compilation album of his most popular songs in Iceland.

Unnur Eggertsdóttir is a debutant in the national selection, she has a background in musical theater having played lead roles in Annie, West Side Story and Thriller. She has also pursued her passion for dance for the last 15 years.

Erna Hrönn Ólafsdóttir needs little introduction to those who follow the Icelandic selections. It is her fourth appearance since 2007. She has also been a backing singer at the Eurovision Song Contest, most successfully in 2009 with Yohanna's Is It True. She had a short break from the music scene when giving birth to her daughter but is now coming back strong with her 2013 entry.

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Tonight's show and wildcard

As with last night's semi final, the songs were preceded by interviews with composers and artists, and interspersed with green room interviews after some of the performances.

The order of presentation of songs tonight was (Qualifiers in bold) :-

  1. Klara Ósk Elíasdóttir - Skuggamynd
  2. Jógvan Hansen and Stefanía Svavarsdóttir - Til þín
  3. Sylvía Erla Scheving - Stund Með þér
  4. Haraldur Reynisson - Vinátta
  5. Unnur Eggertsdóttir - Ég Syng!
  6. Erna Hrönn Ólafsdóttir - Augnablik

A wildcard was also announced, the lucky recipient of that was Magni Ásgeirsson with Ekki Líta Undan.