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Iceland kicks off Eurovision selection process

20.01.2020 - 15:38
Mynd: Keiino / Keiino
All ten songs that will compete to be Iceland's entry to the Eurovision Song Contest this spring were introduced to viewers in a special show this Saturday evening on RÚV. Two semi-finals will each provide two winners that will be the four (or possibly five) acts in the Grand Final.

Two songs will be chosen from each semi-final on 8th and 15th February based on the results of public tele-voting. Competition organisers maintain their "wild card" this year that would allow them to re-introduce one act back into the final, if they so choose.

The Grand Final, live from Reykjavík's Laugardalshöll arena on 29th February, will therefore have either four or five competing acts--plus plenty more entertainment, including a performance from Keiino (featured in the short video above).

Keiino finished sixth last year for Norway with their song Spirit in the Sky.

The Grand Final will also be won and lost based on public voting and the show itself promises to be bigger and brighter than ever before, in line with the Icelandic competition's growning popularity among Eurovision fans overseas--both streaming online and buying tickets to the event itself.

Under the rules, all songs in the semi-finals must be in Icelandic but finalists decide themselves which language they will sing in in the Netherlands this May if they win.

Four of this year's ten songs will be performed in Icelandic if they make it to the Grand Final, while six will be in English. Those six are presented below withe their Icelandic and English titles.

The acts will perform in this order (five each across the two shows):
Kid Isak
Brynja Mary
DIMMA
Elísabet Ormslev
Ísold og Helga
Daði og Gagnamagnið
Hildur Vala
Íva Marín Adrichem
Matti Matt
Nína

The five songs in the 8th February semi final:

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Ævintýri
Performer: Kid Isak
Music: Þormóður Eiríksson, Kristinn Óli Haraldsson, and Jóhannes Damian Patreksson
Lyric: Þormóður Eiríksson and Kristinn Óli Haraldsson

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Augun þín / In your eyes
Performer: Brynja Mary
Music: Brynja Mary Sverrisdóttir and Lasse Qvist
Lyric: Kristján Hreinsson
English lyric: Brynja Mary Sverrisdóttir

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Almyrkvi
Performer: DIMMA
Music: DIMMA
Lyric: Ingó Geirdal

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Elta þig / Haunting
Performer: Elísabet
Music: Elísabet Ormslev and Zoe Ruth Erwin
Lyric: Daði Freyr
English lyric: Zoe Ruth Erwin

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Klukkan tifar / Meet me halfway
Performer: Ísold og Helga
Music: Birgir Steinn Stefánsson and Ragnar Már Jónsson
Lyric: Stefán Hilmarsson
English lyric: Birgir Steinn Stefánsson, Ragnar Már Jónsson, and Stefán Hilmarsson

The five songs in the 15th February semi final:

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Gagnamagnið / Think about things
Performer: Daði og Gagnamagnið
Music, Icelandic and English lyrics: Daði Freyr

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Fellibylur
Performer: Hildur Vala
Music: Hildur Vala and Jón Ólafsson
Lyric: Bragi Valdimar Skúlason

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Oculis Videre
Performer: Íva Marín Adrichem
Music and Icelandic lyric: Íva Marín Adrichem and Richard Cameron
English lyric: Richard Cameron

Mynd: Mummi Lú / RÚV

Dreyma
Performer: Matti Matt
Music: Birgir Steinn Stefánsson and Ragnar Már Jónsson
Lyric: Matthías Matthíasson

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Ekkó / Echo
Performer: Nína
Music: Þórhallur Halldórsson and Sanna Martinez
Lyric: Þórhallur Halldórsson and Einar Bárðarson
English lyric: Þórhallur Halldórsson, Christoph Baer, Donal Ryan, and Sanna Martinez

You can listen to all the songs on Spotify and read the lyrics and information about each act on songvakeppnin.is.

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Alexander Elliott
Project manager