Hello everyone from Reykjavik! Iceland is gearing up to host the Grand Final of their annual national selection event Söngvakeppnin, which is going to provide them with 2019 Eurovision entry. Tonight we will be attending a very exciting process with only one winner! But who will be the one?
How to watch
The Grand Final of Söngvakeppnin 2019 starts at 20:45 CET (19:45 local time) at the Laugardalshöll arena in Reykjavik and may be followed on:
- RÚV 1
- Live webcast through the broadcaster’s official website
A total of 5 acts have made it to the Grand Final of Söngvakeppnin, two from each of the two semi-finals hosted a couple of weeks before and one emerged by a wildcard. Unlike the semi-finals where everyone was obliged to sing in Icelandic, tonight each participating act will be performing their song in the language intended for the Eurovision Song Contest.
The voting procedure will be divided into two rounds: initially, both the public and a special jury panel will evaluate the 5 performances and will decide upon which two will advance to the superfinal, the second and very last voting round. In the second round, the Söngvakeppnin’s overall winner will be determined by 100% televoting.
Tonight’s running order will be as follows:
- Friðrik Ómar – Hvað ef ég get ekki elskað?
- Kristina Skoubo Bærendsen – Mama said
- Tara Mobee – Fighting for love
- Hera Björk – Moving on
- Hatari – Hatrið mun sigra
Among the contestants, we can meet Friðrik Ómar, who represented Iceland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2008, as part of the duo Eurobandið, as well as Hera Björk, the country’s 2010 entrant. They had both qualified for the Grand Final and placed 14th and 19th respectively.
Last but not least! Tonight we have two special guests: the Executive Supervisor for the Eurovision Song Contest Jon Ola Sand, as well as last year’s runner-up Eleni Foureira have been invited to Reykjavik in order to attend the event and the latter to also perform her Eurovision entry Fuego.
Iceland has been drawn to compete in the second half of the first semi-final evening, on 14 May.