Tonight: Söngvakeppnin 2020 begins in Iceland

The show that gave the world Hatari at Eurovision 2019 returns tonight to begin the quest to identify the Icelandic representative for Eurovision 2020. The series will consist of two semi-finals and a grand final. As with tradition, the songs in the semi-finals will be performed in Icelandic, while the finalists will have the choice to perform in the language intended at Eurovision.

The Semi-finals will be held in Háskólabíói and the Final in Laugardalshöll, both of which are in Reykjavik. Tickets for the shows are available here.

  • Semi-final 1: 8 February 2020
  • Semi-final 2: 15 February 2020
  • Final: 29 February 2020

In each of the semi-finals, we will hear from five acts. Tonight’s show brings us the following:

  1. Kid Isak – “Ævintyri“
  2. Elisabet – “Haunting” / Elta þi
  3. Brynja Mary – “In your eyes” / “Augun þin”
  4. Isold – “Meet me halfway” / “Klukkan tifar”
  5. DIMMA – “Almyrkvi“

Two songs of each semi-final will advance to the final, and thus four songs will battle for the right to represent Iceland in Rotterdam. However, the producers of the show reserve the right to add one extra song (that didn’t qualify) to the final as a wildcard.

In a change to this year’s competition, the results of the two semi-finals will be determined by both televoting and jury votes, 50% each.  In the final, the two songs with the most votes by the public and the jury will be put up to battle in a “super final” where the public will have full power and will decide the winner of the contest. 

The entries will be performed in Icelandic in the semifinals, while the candidates have to sing the version of the song the intend for the Eurovision Song Contest in the national final. The winner will be awarded the right to represent Iceland in Rotterdam.

Don’t miss the first Icelandic show today at 20.45 CET. You can watch it along with other tonight’s shows on our Multi-Window live viewer.

Söngvakeppnin 2020 (Semi-Final 1)

Elisabet – Elta þig110
Brynja Mary –Augun þin105
Isold & Helga –Klukkan tifar100
DIMMA – Almyrkvi83
Kid Isak – Ævintyri75

Number of voters: 10
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