RÚV, the Icelandic broadcaster of the Eurovision Song Contest, have published the first 5 participating entries which will take part at the 2014 Icelandic national selection Söngvakeppnin.
This year, 2 semi-finals consisting on 5 acts each will compete at the Icelandic national selection on the 1 and 8 February. The qualifiers will be decided via a public televote. At the final on the 15 February, a 50/50 public-jury deliberation will take place to decide which 2 acts will qualify to the superfinal. The public will then vote for their favourite via a public televote.
The 10* competing entries
Click on the song titles below to listen to each of the bidding entries. *The last 5 entries will be revealed on the 3 February. The composers will be listed in brackets.
- Sverrir Bergmann – Dönsum burtu blús (Pálmi Ragnar Ásgeirsson, Ásgeir Orri Ásgeirsson & Sæþór Kristjánsson)
- Greta Mjöll Samúelsdóttir – Eftir eitt lag (Ásta Björg Björgvinsdóttir & Bergrún Íris Sævarsdóttir)
- Gissur Páll Gissurarson – Von (Jóhann Helgason)
- Ásdís María Viðarsdóttir – Amor (Haukur Johnson)
- Vignir Snær Vigfússon – Elsku þú (Þórunn Erna Clausen)
- Sigríður Eyrún Friðriksdóttir – Lífið kviknar á ný (Karl Olgeir Olgeirsson)
- Guðrún Árný Karlsdóttir – Til þín (Trausti Bjarnason & Guðrún Eva Mínervudóttir)
- F.U.N.K. – Þangað til ég dey (Lárus, Pétur & Franz)
- Guðbjörg Magnúsdóttir – Aðeins ætluð (María Björk Sverrisdóttir)
- Pollapönk – Enga fordóma (Pollapönk)
Iceland debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest back in 1986 with the entry Gleðibankinn performed by ICY. They ended in 16th place with a total of 19 points. Iceland’s best result to date was in 2009 when Yohanna was selected to represent her country in the host city of Moscow. At the grand final, Yohanna received a total of 218 points with her song Is it true? ending in 2nd place. Iceland have yet to win the Eurovision Song Contest.
Last year, Eyþór Ingi Gunnlaugsson won the Icelandic national selection with his song Ég á líf. Eyþór qualified from the semi-final, eventually ending in 17th place with a total of 47 points.
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