Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsins is the name of the Icelandic selection process, there will be two more semi finals on 22nd and 29th January where two more songs from each will progress to the national final on Saturday February 12th where a winner will then be chosen and go on to represent Iceland in Europe's Favourite TV Show in Düsseldorf.
The show opened with children dancing on stage to last years German winner Satellite. Following this the songs were presented after a short interview with the composers of each entry. After all of the performances there was a window of opportunity for the televoting public to call in and decide which songs they wished to send to the final.
This evenings acts were as follows (Qualifiers in bold) :-
Böddi & JJ Soul Band – Lagið Pitt
Haraldur Reynisson – Ef ég Hefði Vængi
Pétur Örn Guðmundsson- Elísabet
Hanna Guðný Hitchon – Huldumey
Erna Hrönn Ólafsdóttir – Ástin Mín Eina
Erna Hrönn Ólafsdóttir and Haraldur Reynisson now progress to the Icelandic final on February 12th where they will be joined by four more songs, two each from the second and third semi finals on the 22nd and 29th January respectively.
Iceland have been participating in the Eurovision Song Contest since 1986. Over the years they have enjoyed some success, and have come close to winning on two occasions, finishing in second place in the Final in 1999 in Jerusalem with Selma and the high energy All Out Of Luck, and again more recently in 2009 in Moscow with Yohanna's haunting ballad Is It True.
Last year, in Oslo Hera Björk qualified for the Final but could not emulate Yohanna's success a year earlier finishing in 19th place.