The Icelandic people have voted! They've decided that it will be Sigga, Beta & Elín representing Iceland at the Eurovision Song Contest in May. Sigga, Beta and Elín will head to Turin with the song 'Með Hækkandi Sól'.
After 2 semi-finals, which saw 10 songs reduced to 5, Icelandic broadcaster RÚV hosted the grand final of Söngvakeppnin on Saturday night, the Nordic nation’s popular pre-selection process to find its Eurovision entry. Iceland tuned in (and it will have been the majority of Iceland, based on past viewing figures) to see, and to decide, which song will be the successor to 10 Years by Daði & Gagnamagnið, and proudly fly the Icelandic flag at the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest in Turin.
For maximum excitement and precision, there were 2 rounds of voting. In the first round, once all 5 songs had been performed, a combination of public voting and jury voting resulted in the 2 songs which got the highest scores, progressing to a 'super final’. These 2 songs (Turn This Around by Daughters of Reykjavík, as well as Með Hækkandi Sól by Sigga, Beta and Elín) were then perfomed again, but this time only the Icelandic viewers were tasked with deciding upon a winner, having total say on which song gets to represent them in Turin!
In the end, it was Sigga, Beta and Elín that the majority of their votes went to, with the song Með Hækkandi Sól.
Iceland at the Eurovision Song Contest
Iceland made its Eurovision debut in 1986 and has yet to win the contest. In 1999, Selma finished second with her song All Out Of Luck and ten years later, in 2009, Yohanna equalled this success with her ballad Is It True?
Iceland boasts strong viewing figures for the Eurovision Song Contest. In 2016, the country delivered the largest viewing share of all 42 participating countries with 95.3% of those watching TV in the country watching the Grand Final.