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Iceland Qualifies for Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final

By Gréta Sigríður Einarsdóttir

Photo: Systur / Facebook. Iceland’s entry to the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest in Torino.

The Icelandic sisters Sigga, Beta, and Elín qualified for the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in the first leg of the semifinals in Torino yesterday.

They were the 14th act out of 17 to take the stage and delivered a rousing performance of their song Með hækkandi sól. Ten countries’ contributions from last night will go on to compete in the Grand Final next Saturday: Switzerland, Norway, Armenia, Greece, Iceland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Moldova, Portugal, and the Netherlands. Which ten songs will join them from the other semi-final events remains to be seen this Thursday.

This is the third Eurovision Song Contest running that Iceland moves on from the semi-final, with memorable performances by bondage-themed anti-capitalist group Hatari and the irresistible six foot, nine inches tall pop sensation Daði Freyr with his band Gagnamagnið.

The sisters, and their brother who is a part of Iceland’s delegation despite not joining his sisters onstage, were on the verge of tears when the news had been announced. In an interview with RÚV, they stated that they were lucky and grateful for all the support they had received. Beta jokingly stated that when the news was announced, she almost lost her voice from screaming.

Let’s hope not as she’ll need it on Saturday when the sisters will perform Með hækkandi sól in the 2022 Torino Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final. Icelanders will be glued to their tv screens next Saturday as following the Eurovision Grand Final, RÚV will broadcast the results of an election that’s almost as important, Iceland’s municipal elections.

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