Tonight: second Icelandic semi final

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Tonight, the 2008 national final season of the Eurovision Song Contest will continue: the second semi final of the Icelandic national selection will be held. Three songs will be presented and the best one – chosen by televoting – will reach the final to be held on 16th February. Of course, there will be a webcast again!

The show

The show will start at 22:15 CET (20:15 local time). The results will be revealed in the second part of the show at 23:40 CET (21:40 local time; there is a difference of two hoursinstead of one because there is no DST in Iceland).Ragnhildur Steinunn Jónsdóttir & Gísli Einarsson will host the program.

Although the winners will be chosen by televoting, there is also a jury that comments on the songs. One of the jury members is Selma who represented Iceland twice in the Eurovision Song Contest: in 1999, she achieved second place (Iceland's best result so far) with All out of luck; in 2005 she didn't manage to qualify through the semi final with If I had your love.

You can read more about the selection procedure here.

Webcast

Despite the high quality of the webcast,youshould expect one problem: Last week, the show was a few minutes long and the webcast was cut off when the show was actually supposed to end – before the announcement of the resultscould be heard. Nevertheless, you can follow the webcast here.

The songs

Unfortunately, the participant(s) in the second semi final have not been revealed yet. You can find the list of the composers here.

In 2005, 2006 and 2007, Iceland did not manage to reach the final of the Eurovision Song Contest although the country was sometimes quite close finishing 16th, 13th and again 13th in the semi final respectively. Iceland will havetake part in one of the semi finalsin Belgrade.

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