RUV, the Icelandic national broadcaster has revealed the names of the 12 acts that will battle for the golden ticket to Vienna at the forthcoming Icelandic 2015 Eurovision national selection- Söngvakeppnin 2015.
RÚV held a press conference in Reykjavik today where it revealed the names of the 12 Söngvakeppnin 2015 candidates along with their respective song titles.
A total of 258 songs were submitted, the entries that have been selected are composed by veterans and newcomers alike, whilst the youngest composer is only 16 years old.
The 2015 Icelandic national selection will consist of 3 shows ( 2 semifinals scheduled to take place on 31 January and 7 February), whilst the grand finale is scheduled to be held on 14 February at the Haskolabio venue in Reykjavik.
The 12 competing songs in alphabetical order
- Regína Ósk – Aldrei of seint
music: María Björk Sverrisdóttir, Marcus Frenell and Sarah Reeve
lyrics: María Björk Sverrisdóttir and Regína Ósk Óskarsdóttir
- Stefanía Svavarsdóttir – Augnablik
music and lyrics: Sveinn Rúnar Sigurðsson
- Bjarni Lárus Hall – Brotið gler
song and lyrics: Axel Árnason and Bjarni Lárus Hall
- SUNDAY – Fjaðrir
song and lyrics: Hildur Kristín Stefánsdóttir and Guðfinnur Sveinsson
artists: Hildur Kristín Stefánsdóttir, Guðfinnur Sveinsson, Vignir Rafn Hilmarsson and Helga Kristín Ingólfsdóttir
- CADEM – Fyrir alla
music: Daníel Óliver Sveinsson and Jimmy Åkerfors
lyrics: Daníel Óliver Sveinsson and Einar Ágúst Víðisson
artists: Daníel Óliver ásamt Emelie Schytz and Caroline Waldemarsson
- Elín Sif Halldórsdóttir – Í kvöld
song and lyrics: Elín Sif Halldórsdóttir
- Friðrik Dór – Í síðasta skipti
music: Pálmi Ragnar Ásgeirsson, Ásgeir Orri Ásgeirsson and Sæþór Kristjánsson
lyrics: Pálmi Ragnar Ásgeirsson, Ásgeir Orri Ásgeirsson, Sæþór Kristjánsson and Friðrik Dór Jónsson
- María Ólafsdóttir – Lítil skref
song and lyrics: Ásgeir Orri Ásgeirsson, Pálmi Ragnar Ásgeirsson and Sæþór Kristjánsson
- Haukur Heiðar Hauksson – Milljón augnablik
music: Karl Olgeir Olgeirsson
lyrics: Karl Olgeir Olgeirsson and Haukur Heiðar Hauksson
- Erna Hrönn Ólafsdóttir – Myrkrið hljótt
song: Arnar Ástráðsson
lyrics: Erna Hrönn Ólafsdóttir
- Björn and friends – Piltur og stúlka
song and lyrics: Björn Þór Sigbjörnsson, Tómas Hermannsson and Björn Jörundur Friðbjörnsson
artists: Björn Jörundur Friðbjörnsson, Unnur Birna Björnsdóttir, Hafrún Kolbeinsdóttir and Pétur Örn Guðmundsson
- HINEMOA – Þú leitar líka að mér
music: Ásta Björg Björgvinsdóttir
lyrics: Bergrún Íris Sævarsdóttir
artists: Ásta Björg Björgvinsdóttir, Rakel Pálsdóttir, Sindri Magnússon, Kristófer Nökkvi Sigurðarson, Gísli Páll Karlsson and Regína Lilja Magnúsdóttir
In 2014 Iceland selected Pollapönk via a national selection to fly the Icelandic flag at the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen. The Icelandic group achieved a 15th placing in the final with their entry No Prejudice.
2015 will mark the 60th anniversary, the Diamond Jubilee, of the Eurovision Song Contest. The 2015 Eurovision Song Contest will be held on 19, 21 and 23 May at the Wienner Stadthalle in Vienna, Austria.
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.
Stay tuned to ESCToday.com for the latest news on the 2015 Icelandic national final, Iceland and the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest.