Live: Second semi final in Iceland

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The second semi final of this year's Icelandic national selection is about to start. Five acts will battle in order to qualify for the final of Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsins.

How to watch

  • Live on RÚV at 21:15 CET (20:15 local time)
  • Webcast (RÚV official)


  1. Yohanna – Nótt (María Björk Sverrisdóttir, Marcus Frenell, Beatrice – Magnús Þór Sigmundsson)
  2. Bryndís Ásmundsdóttir – Segðu mér (Jakob Jóhannsson – Tómas Guðmundsson)
  3. Kristján Gíslason & Íslenzka Sveitin – Þessi þrá (Albert G. Jónsson)
  4. Rakel Mjöll Leifsdóttir – Beint á ská (Tómas Hermannsson, Orri Harðarson – Rakel Mjöll Leifsdóttir)
  5. Matthías Matthíasson & Erla Björg Káradóttir – Eldgos (Matthías Stefánsson – Kristján Hreinsson)

Song One – Nott – Johanna

Nott is a typical power ballad with a nice key change towards the end which reminds us of Yohanna's previous Eurovision effort, "Is It True?". Yohanna is wearing a very beautiful dress which seems to be inspired by Icelandic traditional elements. The stage backgrounds changes from light blue to orange and seems very effective. The song builds and makes full use of Johanna's incredible vocal talents that will have Eurovision fans dreaming of seeing her back on the Eurovision stage. Will this have the strength to conquer the Icelandic hearts tonight?

Song Two – Segðu mér – Bryndís Ásmundsdóttir

The second ballad of tonight's show is performed by Bryndís Ásmundsdóttir. The stage red backdrop fits well Bryndis' red outfit. The chorus of the song got a very catchy tune that fits well the overall atmosphere of the composition. The audience seems supportive and Bryndís really provided a nice vocal performance of her song. Five mixed backing vocalists are used for this act. This was a really memorable performance.

Song Three –Þessi þrá – Kristján Gíslason & Íslenzka Sveitin

Kristjan and Isenzka take the stage with their schlager-like song reminding us of the Swedish selections for the Eurovision Song Contest. The song starts in a peaceful mood before becoming up-tempo as the chorus is taking over the melody and ends on the same quiet pattern. Kristjan delivers a decent vocal performance being supported by two backing singers.

Song Four – Beint á ská – Rakel Mjöll Leifsdóttir

Next up on stage is Rakel who performs a nice jazzy song called "Beint a ska". This act reminds us of a typical pub song with a hint of Bjork, it certainly sounds Icelandic and seems to fit better the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The vocal performance is interesting enough and one could say that this is the best song to listen while you drink your coffe in the morning.

Song Five – Eldgos – Matthíasson & Erla Björg Káradóttir

Matthías Matthíasson & Erla Björg Káradóttir perform the only up-tempo song of tonight's show. Their song reminds us a little of a hard rock version of last year's Romanian entry "Playing with Fire". For the first time on tonight's show, smoke is being used on stage. The use of the violins really gives this song a lift up and it's highlighting the contrast between this and the other melodies of tonight's show. Could this be a dark horse?


Qualified for the final:

  • Nott – Johanna
  • Eldgos – Matthíasson & Erla Björg Káradóttir