This year marks the 30th anniversary of Iceland in the Eurovision Song Contest and Söngvakeppnin 2016 will therefore be extra special this year. Among the stars on stage in the Final on the 20th of February will be Sandra Kim and Loreen. Paul Oscar will also perform at the first semi-final in Háskólabíó venue.
One of the contestants is Pálmi Gunnarsson who was a member of Icy trio which performed the song Gleðibankinn when Iceland participated in Eurovision for the first time in 1986. Greta Salóme and Karl Olgeirsson are both back with two new songs each.
The contest will start with two heats, the first on February 6th and the second on February 13th, with six songs competing each night. The semi-finals will take place at Haskolabio venue.
The Final will be held at Laugardalsholl Arena on February 20th.
The songs are as follows in alphabetical order: 1. Augnablik Song: Alma Guðmundsdóttir and James Wong Lyrics: Alma Guðmundsdóttir, James Wong and Alda Dís Arnardóttir Performer: Alda Dís Arnardóttir This is Alda Dís Arnardóttir‘s first time in Söngvakeppnin. She won the talent show Ísland got talent in 2015.
2. Á ný Song & Lyrics: Greta Salóme Stefánsdóttir Performer: Elísabet Ormslev Greta Salóme composed the song Never Forget and performed it with Jónsi in ESC 2012 in Azerbaijan. This is the first time Elísabet Ormslev takes part in Söngvakeppnin.
3. Ég sé þig Song & Lyrics: Sigríður Eir Zophoniasardóttir og Jóhanna Vala Höskuldsdóttir Performer: The band Eva (Sigríður Eir Zophoniasardóttir and Jóhanna Vala Höskuldsdóttir) The band Eva is participating in Söngvakeppnin for the first time.
4. Ég leiði þig heim Song & Lyrics: Þórir Úlfarsson Performer: Pálmi Gunnarsson Pálmi Gunnarsson was a member of Icy trio in ESC 1986 in Norway.
5. Fátækur námsmaður Song & Lyrics: Ingólfur Þórarinsson Performer: Ingólfur Þórarinsson Ingólfur Þórarinsson has had the the runner up song Undir regnbogann in Söngvakeppnin 2009. He also participated in 2010.
6. Hugur minn er Song & lyrics: Þórunn Erna Clausen Performers: Hjörtur Traustason and Erna Hrönn Ólafsdóttir Hjörtur Traustason was the winner in the Icelandic version of Voice 2015. Þórunn Erna Clausen wrote the lyrics for the song Coming Home which Sjonni‘s Friends performed in ESC 2011 in Germany.
7. Kreisí Song: Karl Olgeirsson Lyrics: Karl Olgeirsson and Sigríður Eyrún Friðriksdóttir Performer: Sigga Eyrún This is the second song from Karl Olgeirsson in this years contest. Sigga Eyrún performed the runner up song written by Karl Olgeirsson in Söngvakeppnin in 2014.
8. Óstöðvandi Song: Kristinn Sigurpáll Sturluson, Ylva Persson and Linda Persson Lyrics: Karlotta Sigurðardóttir Performer: Karlotta Sigurðardóttir This is the first time that Karlotta Sigurðardóttir performs in Söngvakeppnin.
9. Ótöluð orð Song & Lyrics: Erna Mist og Magnús Thorlacius Performers: Erna Mist og Magnús Thorlacius This is the first time Erna Mist and Magnús Thorlacius participate in Söngvakeppnin.
10. Óvær Song & Lyrics: Karl Olgeirsson Performer: Helgi Valur Ásgeirsson This is Helgi Valur‘s first time in Söngvakeppnin.
11. Raddirnar Song & Lyrics: Greta Salóme Stefánsdóttir Performer: Greta Salóme This is the second song from Greta Salóme in this years contest. She was the composer of Never Forget in ESC 2012 in Azerbaijan.
12. Spring yfir heiminn song: Júlí Heiðar Halldórsson Lyrics: Júlí Heiðar Halldórsson og Guðmundur Snorri Sigurðarson Performers: Þórdís Birna Borgarsdóttir and Guðmundur Snorri Sigurðarson The songwriters and the performers are participating in Söngvakeppnin for the first time.