Today RÚV Iceland have revealed the twelve songs selected for participation in the Song Contest 2017. Over 200 entries were submitted to the contest, which will be conducted similar to last year.
The semifinals will take place at Háskólabíó on Saturday, February 25th and Saturday, March 4th. The final will be held at Laugardalshöll on March 11th. The three competition events will be broadcast live on RÚV.
As in previous years, the public will be able to purchase tickets to the events. Ticket sales open on Wednesday, February 1st, on tix.is. Individual tickets will be available, as well as a special discounted package, the “All the Way“ package, which is valid for all three evenings.
The winning song of the Song Contest will be Iceland’s entry to the Eurovision Song Contest, which will take place in Kyiv, Ukraine, on May 9th, 11th and 13th. The songs will be performed in Icelandic in the semifinals, with six songs competing each evening. The three songs that receive the greatest number of votes by phone each evening are guaranteed a spot in the finals. Six songs will therefore participate in the final of the Song Contest at Laugardalshöll on March 11th. RÚV reserves the right to send one additional song to the final if they so choose.
The event will be hosted by Ragnhildur Steinunn Jónsdóttir, who has served on the contest’s executive board as for the past several years.
The twelve songs in this year’s contest are performed by well known names from the Icelandic music scene and exciting newcomers. Here are the songs and performers of the twelve numbers:
Ástfangin / Obvious Love – Linda Hartmanns
Bammbaramm – Hildur
Ég veit það – Svala Björgvinsdóttir
Heim til þín / Get Back Home – Júlí Heiðar Halldórsson og Þórdís Birna Borgarsdóttir
Hvað með það? / Is This Love? – Daði Freyr Pétursson
Mér við hlið / Make your way back home – Rúnar Eff
Nótt / Tonight – Aron Hannes
Skuggamynd / I’ll be gone – Erna Mist Pétursdóttir
Til mín / Again – Arnar Jónsson og Rakel Pálsdóttir
Treystu á mig / Trust in me – Sólveig Ásgeirsdóttir
Þú hefur dáleitt mig / Hypnotised – Aron Brink
Þú og ég / You and I – Páll Rósinkranz og Kristina Bærendsen
The songs in the Song Contest will be the “record” of the week on RÚV’s radio station Rás 2 next week, and they will also be distributed to other radio stations. You can hear all the songs on the official website.
Last year the highly fancied Hear Them Calling failed to qualify. Iceland will be hoping to fix that this year. Enjoy last years Icelandic entry one more time below.