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Watch Iceland select their entry for Baku tonight


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Posted 11 Febuary, 2012, 1:00

Three semi finals were held during January and February, all of which contained five songs. Two qualified from each show, and then a wildcard entry was chosen to make the number of finalists total seven.
Tonight's final will be streamed on RÚV's official website from 20:30 CET.
The running order for the show is as follows:-
  • Heiða and Guðrún Árný - Aldrei Sleppir Mér
  • Magni Ásgeirsson - Hugarró
  • Rósa Birgitta Ísfeld - Stund Með Þér
  • Simbi & Hrútspungarnir - Hey
  • Regína Ósk Óskarsdóttir - Hjartað Brennur
  • Blár Opal - Stattu Upp
  • Gréta Salóme & Jónsi - Mundu Eftir Mér

Meet the finalists


Heiða works for an Icelandic radio station and has had experience of Europe's Favourite TV Show as a backing singer with Hera Bjork in 2010. Guðrún Árný is an experienced pianist and vocalist who also has experience of performing in broadway shows. They are pictured here with Gréta Salóme, who originally was part of the trio but pulled out after the semi final show to concentrate fully on her other entry this evening.

Magni Ásgeirsson has performed from a young age, and hit the big time in Iceland with his band Á Móti Sól. He has worked more as a solo artist recently, releasing one solo album. Last year Magni was the runner up in the Icelandic national selection, losing out narrowly to Sjonni's Friends. He will be hoping to go one closer this evening and take the Icelandic ticket to Baku.

Rósa Birgitta Ísfeld was the wildcard qualifier for this evenings final having initially missed out in the second semi final. Rósa is currently lead singer with the band Sometime, and a singer with the band Feldberg. She is an experienced vocalist with 15 years of singing behind her. She is described as having a versatile approach to music, being capable of performing in many different styles.

Simbi & Hrútspungarnir are the fourth finalists. Simbi and his family relocated to the Western fjords and quickly became immersed in the local cultural scene. This explains the real traditional roots of tonight's entry. He is also a music academy student, which he will continue after tonights show. The group Hrútspungarnir take their name from a local Icelandic delicacy, sheep testicles!.

Regína Ósk Óskarsdóttir is not a stranger to fans of the Eurovision Song Contest. She was backing singer for Two Tricky in 2001, Birgitta in 2003 and Selma in 2005. It was however In 2008, in Belgrade when she was the female half of Euroband that she shot in to the limelight. The only thing remaining for Regína to achieve on the Eurovision stage is a solo entry, which she will be hoping to put right tonight.

Blár Opal are Franz Ploder Ottósson, Pétur Finnbogason, Agnar Birgir Gunnarsson and Kristmundur Axel Kristmundsson. Their name translates as Blue Opal and this will be their first entry in the Icelandic national selection. They qualified from the first semi final with their high octane number Stattu Upp.

Gréta Salóme & Jónsi also qualified from the first semi final. Gréta Salóme works as a full time violinist with the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra. She has also been composing music for a number of years. Jónsi is another familiar face from the Eurovision Song Contest having represented Iceland in the Final in 2004 with Heaven. He is hoping that this collaboration will return him to the platform of Europe's Favourite TV Show.
Stay tuned to Eurovision.tv to find out who wins in Iceland.
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