Iceland slightly altered the selection method for their 2009 Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsins: the Nordic country will have four Semi-Finals with four songs each. The top two televote winners of these will then qualify for the final. The four songs competing tonight in the first Semi-Final were (qualifiers in bold):
- Heiða Ólafsdóttir - Dagur Nýr
- Ólöf Jara Skagfjörð - Hugur Minn Fylgir þér
- Edgar Smári - The Kiss We Never Kissed
- Jóhanna Guðrún Jónsdóttir - Is It True
Iceland reached the final in the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest in Belgrade when Euroband qualified from the 2nd Semi-final. Ultimately, Iceland reached the 14th place in the final.