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Söngvakeppnin 2016 kicks off in Iceland tonight!

The annual Icelandic music contest will start its race tonight live from Háskólabío, (one of the main halls at Reykjavik’s university used for congresses, exhibitions and conferences) where approximately 500 people will enjoy the show.

This year, RÚV is repeating the enormous success that the contest has been achieving in recent years, since is one of the biggest platforms in the country for unknown singers. This is the first out of three shows, the second semi-final will take place next week Saturday, while the grand final is set on February 20th, taking place at Laugardalshöll counting with Loreen, who also visited the Spanish final early this week, performing at the show.

The line-up for tonight looks like this:

  1. Sigríður Eir Zophoniasardóttir & Jóhanna Vala Höskuldsdóttir – Égséþig (I see you)
  2. Ingólfur Þórarinsson – Fátækur námsmaður (A broke student)
  3. Erna Hrönn Ólafsdóttir & Hjörtur Traustason – Hugurminner (My mind is)
  4. Sigga Eyrún – Kreisí (Crazy)
  5. Karlotta Sigurðardóttir – Óstöðvandi (Unstoppable)
  6. Greta Salome Stefánsdóttir – Raddirnar (The Voices)

The 6 competing acts went on stage yesterday to rehearse their entries as to be ready for tonight’s show. You can see more exclusive footage on the contest’s official Facebook page, clicking by HERE.

Ylva & Linda together with Karlotta performing'' Óstöðvandi'' at their rehearsal yesterday

Ylva & Linda together with Karlotta performing” Óstöðvandi” at their rehearsal yesterday


This year, Iceland will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of “Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsins”, one of the biggest TV shows in the country. Tickets went on sale on January 19 and can be purchased here.

Three acts will go through the final from each of the two heats with a seventh finalist being chosen from the non-qualifiers. The songs will be performed in Icelandic language at the semi-finals, but in the Grand Final all the competing songs must be performed in the language that the artist intends to perform the song in Stockholm.

The show starts at 20.45 (CET) / 19.45 LOCAL TIME and can be followed live on RÚV’s official streaming.

About Adrián Valiente (Spain)

Adrián Valiente (Spain)
I love the Eurovision Song Contest not only because of its amazing production but it also gives me the chance to discover new music every year with hundreds of songs from all over Europe. I've been watching it since 2002, since then I became a huge follower, mostly because of the interest TVE put on it with Rosa from Spain. I've attended the contest three times, in Malmö, Copenhagen and Vienna; Stockholm will be my 4th. I also attended the Junior Eurovision in Malta and Bulgaria where we lived an amazing experienced thanks to all delegations and PBS/BNT organising team.