Iceland will kick off their selection rounds for the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö this weekend with two semi-finals. The semi-finals will air on Icelandic TV at 21.00 CET (20.00 local time)
The running order was drawn today and now we know that the first semi-final will be started by Yohanna (Iceland 2009), or Jóhanna Guðrún Jónsdóttir, as she is known at home, and finished by Birgitta Haukdal (Iceland 2003).
The second semi-final will be started by Klara Ósk Elíasdóttir and the last semi-final slot has been drawn for Erna Hrönn Ólafsdóttir, who has already been to the international Eurovision stage as a backing singer.
There will be a 50/50 voting procedure, where the public votes and those from a judging panel have equal weight in deciding the three winners from each semi-final.
So the final in the Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik on 2 February will have six acts battling it out for the ticket to Malmö. The organisers have however reserved the right to add a seventh act to the final as a wildcard.
The running order in the Icelandic Söngvakeppnin or song contest semi-finals (Artist – song title (authors)):
First semi-final Friday 25 January:
- Jóhanna Guðrún Jónsdóttir – Þú (Davíð Sigurgeirsson)
- Magni Ásgeirsson – Ekki líta undan (Sveinn Rúnar Sigurðsson, Ingibjörg Gunnarsdóttir)
- Svavar Knútur Kristinsson & Hreindís Ylva Garðarsdóttir Hólm – Lífið snýst (Hallgrímur Óskarsson – , Svavar Knútur Kristinsson)
- Edda Viðarsdóttir – Sá sem lætur hjartað ráða för (Þórir Úlfarsson, Kristján Hreinsson)
- Eyþór Ingi Gunnlaugsson – Ég á líf (Pétur Örn Guðmundsson, Örlygur Smári)
- Birgitta Haukdal – Meðal andanna (Birgitta Haukdal, Sylvía Haukdal Brynjarsdóttir & Jonas Gladnikoff, Birgitta Haukdal, Syl)
Second semi-final Saturday 26 January:
- Klara Ósk Elíasdóttir – Skuggamynd (Hallgrímur Óskarsson, Ashley Hicklin, Bragi Valdimar Skúlason)
- Jógvan Hansen & Stefanía Svavarsdóttir – Til þín (Sveinn Rúnar Sigurðsson, Sveinn Rúnar Sigurðsson, Ágúst Ibsen)
- Sylvía Erla Scheving – Stund með þér (María Björk Sverrisdóttir)
- Haraldur Reynisson – Vinátta (Haraldur Reynisson)
- Unnur Eggertsdóttir – Ég syng! (Elíza Newman, Gísli Kristjánsson, Ken Rose, Elíza Newman, Hulda G Geirsdóttir, Gísli Kristjánsson)
- Erna Hrönn Ólafsdóttir – Augnablik (Sveinn Rúnar Sigurðsson, Ingibjörg Gunnarsdóttir)