The Icelandic National Final ‘Söngvakeppnin 2020’ will commence over the weekend with the first semi final to be televised on February 8 in Europe and February 9 in Australia.
As per the previous year, this year will consist of two Semi Finals, which will be held in Háskólabíói, and a Final/Super Final held in Laugardalshöll.
Five songs will be performed in each Semi Final where only two songs from each Semi Final progressing to the Final, these songs are selected fully by televoting. A wildcard entry will be selected by the producers to make it five entries that will compete in the Final.
All songs are performed in Icelandic for the Semi Finals. They are then to be performed in their intended language for Eurovision in the Final. Hence you will find the Icelandic versions of songs featured in the preview.
Below are the five artists and their songs that will be competing in Semi Final 1:
Brynja Mary ‘Augun þín’ (Your eyes)
DIMMA ‘Almyrkvi’ (Total eclipse)
Elísabet ‘Elta þig’ (Chase you)
Ísold & Helga ‘Klukkan tifar’ (Clock is ticking)
Kid Isak ‘Ævintýri’ (Adventure)
In this Semi Final there are a few known artists.
Elisabet, previous known as Elisabet Ormslev, makes her return to the Icelandic National Final. She last participated in Söngvakeppnin 2016 with a song penned by Greta Salóme called ‘Á ny’. Interestingly that year Greta won the National Final and went on to represent Iceland in Eurovision in Stockholm with ‘Hear Them Calling’.
Hildur Vala won Idol stjörnuleit, the equivalent of Pop Idol/Australian Idol, in 2004-2005.
Ísold has previously auditioned for The Voice Iceland.
The big rock / metal band, DIMMA, from Reykjavík make their debut. They released their first album in 2005 and have recorded four so far.
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