The Icelanders are ready to pick up their entry for the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest tonight via their national selection process Söngvakeppnin. After two semi-final rounds on 25 February and 4 March, tonight is the Grand Final with 7 acts competing for the Icelandic ticket to Kyiv.
How to watch
The show is scheduled to take place at 20:45 CET (19:45 local time) in Laugardalshöllin, the national indoor arena in Reykjavik. RUV has programmed live streaming on RUV channel and via its official website.
The national final is going to have as guest star the 2015 Eurovision winner, Måns Zelmerlöw, who arrived in the country on Thursday. Måns will perform its winning entry Heroes and his new single, Glorious which has already become a success.
The 7 competing acts
Söngvakeppnin 2017 final consists of 7 acts; 3 were selected from the 1st semi-final, 3 from the 2nd semi-final and 1 by wildcard. The running order of the final is as follows:
- Aron Hannes Emilsson – Tonight
- Arnar Jónsson & Rakel Pálsdóttir – Again
- Aron Brink – Hypnotised
- Hildur Kristin Sefánsdóttir – Bammbaramm
- Rúnar Eff Rúnarsson – Make your way back home
- Svala Björgvinsdóttir – Paper
- Daði Freyr Pétursson – Is this love?
In the two semi-finals, all competing entries were required to be performed in Icelandic language; however, entries competing in the final were required to be presented in the language they would compete within the Eurovision Song Contest.
RÚV, the national broadcaster of Iceland has posted a photo with the 7 acts of Söngvakeppnin on Facebook:
Keppendur í úrslitum Söngvakeppninnar verða saman með RÚV snappið fram að helgi og sýna okkur ýmis augnablik frá undirbúningi sínum fyrir keppnina í Höllinni. Endilega fylgist með þeim á ruvsnap.Söngvakeppnin
The final results will come of 50/50 jury vote and tele-voting. The 7 acts will be shortened to a top 2, which will battle against each other and the winning entry will be determined by the ‘gold final’ by 100% tele-voting.
This is going to be the 30th participation of Iceland in the Eurovision Song Contest after its debut in Bergen in 1986. Iceland’s best placing is 2nd that has been achieved on two occasions; in 1999 and 2009.
The country will compete in the second half of the first semi-final on 9 May. The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 is set to take place on 9, 11 and 13 May at the IEC in Kyiv, Ukraine.