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Iceland: Hera Björk wins Söngvakeppnin 2024 with 'Scared of Heights'

UPDATE: It's been confirmed that Iceland will compete in Eurovision 2024

Hera Björk has won Söngvakeppnin with ‘Scared of Heights' defeating Bashar Murad in the Superfinal.

Confirmation if Hera and Iceland will be competing in Eurovision is expected in the coming days.

Iceland had previously said it would work with the winning artist to see if they wanted to go to Eurovision or not.

Hera confirmed before the final she did, saying:

"I want to go out and I'm taking Aunt Úlla with me. I want to sing my song to anyone who will listen because I truly believe that music is the best way to connect and lift us up from fear."

The results were decided over two rounds of voting.

The first round results were determined by a 50/50 split between an international jury and a public vote. The two acts with the highest score progressed to the second round. In the superfinal a further round of public televoting was held, with the winner chosen by aggregating the results of the first round to the votes received in the Superfinal.

Final - First round results:

Hera Björk – 'Scared of Heights' - Qualified

Bashar Murad – 'Wild West' - Qualified

Væb – 'Bíómynd' - Eliminated

Anita – 'Downfall' - Eliminated

Sigga Ózk – 'Into the Atmosphere' - Eliminated

Final - Superfinal results:

1. Hera Björk – 'Scared of Heights' - WINNER

2. Bashar Murad – 'Wild West'

This is Hera Björk's second qualification for the Eurovision Song Contest. She competed for Iceland in 2010 with the song 'Je ne sais quoi', where she finished in 19th place.

Iceland is the only Nordic country that has not won the Eurovision Song Contest. They have competed 35 times since their debut in 1986. Iceland's best result are two second-place finishes with Selma in 1999 with 'All Out of Luck' and Yohanna in 2009 with 'Is It True?'. Last year Iceland was represented by Diljá with 'Power' which failed to advance to the final.

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