Iceland’s Eurovision adventure starts today, Saturday, February 26, with the first Söngvakeppnin semi-final. The show will be broadcast live on RÚV at 7:45 pm local time.
As in previous years, there are two semi-finals with five songs competing in each round. The public will vote on their favorite songs in each semi-final and the top two songs from each round will advance to the grand final on March 12. The event organizers also have the option of sending a fifth ‘wildcard’ song to compete in the final.
The competition will take place in ‘Söngvakeppnin Hall’ at Trapped director Baltasar Kórmakur’s RVK Studios and be hosted by Björg Magnúsdóttir, Jón Jónsson, and Ragnhildur Steinunn Jónsdóttir.
Is this Iceland’s Year?
Last year, Iceland sent Daði og gangmagnið with their song “10 Years” to Eurovision. The song quickly became a fan favourite and many speculated that it was finally Iceland’s year to win. The band had already achieved widespread popularity the previous year with their song “Think About Things,” which was Iceland’s submission to the 2020 Eurovision contest. That event was, of course, cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Unfortunately, despite a promising outlook for Iceland’s long-awaited Eurovision triumph, 2021 had other plans in store. A COVID outbreak among band members meant that Daði og gagnamagnið couldn’t compete in either the semi-final or final. A recording of their second rehearsal in Rotterdam was used instead of a live performance and they placed fourth overall.
Iceland’s 2022 Eurovision Song Contest Playlist
All of the songs will be performed in Icelandic during the semi-finals; grand finalists have the option of singing in either Icelandic or English. (Links below include videos of the songs in both languages, as available.)
Semi-Final One (February 26)
Amarosis: “Don’t You Know”
Haffi Haf: “Gía” (English title: “Volcano”)
Sigga, Beta, & Elín: “Með hækkandi sól”
Stefanía Svavarsdóttir: “Hjartað mitt” (English title: “Heart of Mine”)
Stefán Óli: “Ljósið” (English title: “All I Know”)
Semi-Final Two (March 5)
Hanna Mia and the Astrotourists: “Séns með þér” (English title: “Gemini”)
Katla: “Þaðan af” (English title: “Then Again”)
Markéta Irglová: “Mögulegt” (English title: “Possible”)
Reykjavíkurdætur: “Tökum af stað” (English title: “Turn This Around”)
Sun City & Sanna: “Hækkum í botn” (English title: “Keep it Cool”)