Söngvakeppnin 2016 - info in English

18.01.2016 - 13:07
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RÚV launched today the twelve songs that will compete in the Icelandic song contest Söngvakeppnin 2016.

Listen to all the songs here

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.


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