RUV, the Icelandic national broadcaster has announced the names of the 10 candidates that will compete in the 2014 Icelandic Eurovision national selection, Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsins. The Iceladic selection will consist of 3 shows (2 semi-finals and 1 final).
The Icelandic Eurovision semifinals are scheduled to be held in Reykjavik on 1 February, 8 whilst the grand final is scheduled to be held on February 15. A total of 10 acts will compete in the competition. The shows will be hosted by Ragnhild Steinunn Jónsdóttir and Gudrun Dis Emilsdóttir.
5 acts will compete in each semi-final. Qualifiers to the grand final will be deliberated via public televoting. A 50/50 jury – public televoting will deliberate the 2 acts that will battle in the duel at the grand final, whilst the 2014 Icelandic entry and representative will be selected via 100% televoting deliberation.
RUV, received a total of 297 songs for the 2014 Icelandic Eurovision national selection. The Icelandic broadcaster received 25% more songs than last year, thus showcasing the popularity of the Eurovision Song Contest in Iceland.
The 10 candidates
- Amor – Ásdís María Viðarsdóttir
- Aðeins ætluð þér – Guðbjörg Magnúsdóttir
- Dönsum burtu blús- Sverrir Bergmann
- Elsku þú- Vignir Snær Vigfússon
- Eftir eitt lag- Gréta Mjöll Samúelsdóttir
- Enga fordóma – Pollapönk
- Lífið kviknar á ný – Sigríður Eyrún Friðriksdóttir
- Til þín – Guðrún Árný Karlsdóttir
- Von – Gissur PArtistáll Gissurarson
- Þangað til ég dey – F.U.N.K.
Iceland debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1986 and is yet to win the event. The Scandinavian island has come close to winning the event twice in 1999 with Selma’s All out of luck and in 2009 with Yohanna‘s Is it true, both placing 2nd.
Eythor Ingi represented Iceland at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö with Ég á líf, placing 17th.
The 2014 Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Denmark on 6, 8, 10 May. Stay tuned to esctoday.com for the latest information on Iceland and the Eurovision Song Contest.