Three semi final shows were held during January. Two songs from each of the first two semi finals progressed, while three songs made it from the third show.
During the final, the songs will be performed in the same order as they qualified in the semi finals. This is as follows :-
- Haraldur Reynisson - Ef ég Hefði Vængi
- Erna Hrönn Ólafsdóttir - Ástin Mín Eina
- Yohanna - Nótt
- Matthías Matthíasson & Erla Björg Káradóttir - Eldgos
- Jógvan Hansen - Ég Lofa
- Magni Ásgeirsson - Ég Trúi á Betra Líf
- Sigurjón's Friends - Aftur Heim
Seven established acts
Haraldur Reynisson is currently studying music at the University of Iceland and has taught music at the Reykjavík Music Academy. He has several albums to his name that were released in the 1990's and 2000's in Iceland.
Erna Hrönn Ólafsdóttir has lived the experience of Europe's Favourite TV Show herself already, as she was a backing singer for Yohanna in Moscow in 2009.
The most well known of the finalists is Yohanna, who scored Iceland's joint best ever result in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2009 in Moscow when she finished in second place in the Final with her ballad Is It True. Yohanna will be hoping that the Icelandic public will place their trust in her once again to represent them on the big stage in Düsseldorf.
Matthías Matthíasson has appeared in the musical Hair and fronted several bands in Iceland & Erla Björg Káradóttir is a classically trained soprano. They blend rock and opera together in their entry.
Jógvan Hansen is a former winner of the Icelandic X Factor, and is competing for the third time in the Icelandic national final, having finished in 4th place in 2009 and runner up in 2010.
The song performed by Magni Ásgeirsson was written and composed by 2007 Icelandic representative Eiríkur Hauksson and four times Maltese winning songwriter Gerard James Borg. Magni appears for the third time in the Icelandic final
Tragically, the singer who was to perform the final song Aftur Heim, Sigurjón Brink, died suddenly just a short while before he was due to compete. Sigurjón's family decided, on reflection that they would like for the song to remain in the competition, and it will now be performed by Sigurjón's Friends.
Twice runners up
Iceland have been participating in the Eurovision Song Contest since 1986, and have finished as runners up in the Final on two occasions. Firstly in 1999 Selma came in second place with the high energy All Out Of Luck and then in 2009, as mentioned earlier in the article Yohanna with her haunting ballad Is It True.
Iceland will perform in the second half of the First Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest on Tuesday 10th May. Their exact starting position will be determined by a draw to be made at the Heads Of Delegation meeting in March.