Söngvakeppnin 2019: 10 acts revealed – Hera Björk and Friðrik Ómar are back

Well known Eurovision names such as Hera Björk and Friðrik Ómar are aiming to represent Iceland in Tel Aviv. The broadcaster just presented its 10 competitors for this year’s national selection, and tonight, they will reveal their songs.

Local broadcaster RUV will hold a little sneak-premiere of their national selection show Söngvakeppnin 2019 tonight. The 10 acts taking part this year will be presented in tonight’s show. Following the show, the songs will also released. The broadcaster guarantee something for everyone when they introduced the songs: “Even though this year’s final competition is made up of 10 songs instead of 12, the variety and diversity are higher than ever. There’s something for almost everyone this time round”.

Söngvakeppnin 2019 participants

The 10 acts competing to represent Iceland are:

    • Hatari – Hatrið mun sigra
    • Hera Björk Þórhallsdóttir – Eitt andartak / Moving on
    • Kristina Skoubo Bærendsen – Ég á mig sjálf / Mama Said
    • Þórdís Imsland – Nú og hér / What Are You Waiting For?
    • Daníel Óliver – Samt ekki / Licky Licky
    • Elli Grill, Skaði og Glymur – Jeijó, keyrum alla leið
    • Friðrik Ómar – Hvað ef ég get ekki elskað? / What If I Can’t Have Love?
    • Ívar Daníels – Þú bætir mig / Make Me Whole
    • Tara Mobee – Betri án þín / Fighting For Love
    • Heiðrún Anna Björnsdóttir – Helgi / Sunday Boy

Four or five songs in the final

Two semi-finals on the 9th and 16th of February will feature five acts each. A combination of public voting and an expert judging panel will select two for the final, which will be held on the 2nd of March. The organisers reserve the right to introduce a wild card – therefore it’s yet unknown whether or not the final will feature four or five acts competing to represent Iceland at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest.

Friday before each of the two semi-finals, a special warm up programme will be held where the participants talk about their preparations.

Iceland in the Eurovision Song Contest

It was back in 1986 when Iceland first appeared at the Eurovision stage. The group Icy finished 16th with the song Gleðibankinn. As a part of the group was Eiríkur Hauksson who would later go on to represent Norway in 1991 and Iceland again in 2007 – as a solo singer with the song Valentine Lost.

Selma came second in 1999 with the catchy All Out Of Luck, and in 2009 Yohanna also finished as runner up performing Is It True?. Those two second places are to date the best results from the country, which are therefore yet to win the contest.

In recent years, it has been quite tough for the Icelandic fans. The country has failed to reach the final the past four years. In 2018, they were represented by Ari Ólafsson, who in despite of a great voice, came last in his semi-final with the song Our Choice. That result didn’t do Ari justice. As you can see in the video below, he blew many away at the preview party Eurovision In Concert in Amsterdam, the Netherlands the month before Eurovision:

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