Icelandic sisters Sigga, Beta, and Elín will perform in the first 2022 Eurovision Semi-final tonight. Iceland is performing 14th out of 17 acts this evening. Only 10 will qualify for the grand final on Saturday.
Iceland’s competing song Með hækkandi sól (e. With the Rising Sun) is a folk-tinged anthem of hope composed by Lovísa Elísabet Sigrúnardóttir, known as Lay Low. Lovísa has said the lyrics are influenced by 19th-century Icelandic poetry, including that of the poet Undína (Helga Steinvör Baldvinsdóttir). An English translation of the lyrics is available on lyricstranslate.com.
Tonight’s participants in order of performance are: Albania, Latvia, Lithuania, Switzerland, Slovenia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Netherlands, Moldova, Portugal, Croatia, Denmark, Austria, Iceland, Greece, Norway, and Armenia. A second semi-final with 18 performances will take place on Thursday, followed by the grand final on Saturday night.
Iceland’s representatives in 2021, Daði & gagnamagnið, landed in fourth place in the competition, despite a COVID-19 infection that prevented the band from performing live. Iceland’s performance tonight is confirmed: the band and crew have tested negative for COVID-19.