Iceland: The detailed results of Söngvakeppnin 2020

For the 15th consecutive year, Iceland has chosen to participate in the Eurovision Contest through Söngvakeppnin. This year, two semifinal rounds took place on February 8 and 15, with the final taking place on Saturday, February 29.

Daði & Gagnamagnið were named “Winners of the Söngvakeppnin 2020 and therefore representatives of the country at the 65th Eurovision Contest with “ Think About Things ”. These winners gained over 30,000 votes!

Analytically:

SEMI-FINAL 1 – 8 FEBRUARY 2020
DRAW ARTIST SONG TELEVOTE PLACE RESULT
1 Kid Isak “Ævintýri” 3.651 3 Eliminated
2 Elísabet “Elta þig” 1.989 5 Eliminated
3 Brynja Mary “Augun þín” 3.374 4 Eliminated
4 Ísold & Helga “Klukkan tifar” 6.654 2 Advanced
5 Dimma “Almyrkvi” 14.984 1 Advanced
SEMI-FINAL 2 – 15 FEBRUARY 2020
DRAW ARTIST SONG TELEVOTE PLACE RESULT
1 Daði & Gagnamagnið “Gagnamagnið” 11.218 1 Advanced
2 Hildur Vala “Fellibylur” 1.336 6 Eliminated
3 Iva “Oculis Videre” 10.924 2 Advanced
4 Nína “Ekkó” 5.905 3 Wildcard
5 Matti Matt “Dreyma” 5.634 4 Eliminated

 

Although Nína failed to reach the top  in the semifinals, she eventually qualified for the Söngvakeppnin 2020 final, on the advice of the Icelandic broadcaster RUV.

FINAL – 29 FEBRUARY 2020
DRAW ARTIST SONG JURY TELEVOTE TOTAL PLACE RESULT
1 Ísold & Helga “Meet Me Halfway” 17.170 5.568 22.738 4 Out
2 Daði & Gagnamagnið “Think About Things” 24.289 36.035 60.324 1 Qualified
3 Nína “Echo” 15.286 6.515 21.801 5 Out
4 Iva “Oculis Videre” 18.426 19.072 37.498 3 Out
5 Dimma “Almyrkvi” 14.867 22.848 37.715 2 Qualified
SUPERFINAL – 29 FEBRUARY 2020
DRAW ARTIST SONG TELEVOTE PLACE
1 Daði & Gagnamagnið “Think About Things” 118.643 1
2 Dimma “Almyrkvi” 80.183 2

A few hours ago, Iceland became the new big favorite to win in Rotterdam! Read more HERE.

Iceland: 157 entries submitted for Söngvakeppnin 2020

A total of 157 songs have been submitted to Iceland’s public broadcaster, RÚV, ahead of the Icelandic selection for Eurovision 2020, in the hope all to compete in the “Söngvakeppnin 2020” national final in February. The application period was open until October 17, with interest being particularly high. In fact, the total of applications this year exceeds 20% of the last year.

All songs will be evaluated by a seven-member jury composed of RÚV executives, professional musicians, composers and songwriters. In the process of listening to the songs, the committee will know neither the singers nor their composers.

The top-ten songs chosen by the experts will be revealed in January. Then, on February 8 and 15, they will take part in the two semifinals that will take place at the Reykjavik Háskólabíó Convention Center. Two songs from each semifinal will qualify for the grand final on February 29 at the Laugardalshöll Indoor Stadium.  RÚV reserves the right to issue a wild-card for the final in one of the 6 songs that failed to reach the final stage.

In the semifinals, all songs must be interpreted in Icelandic. Instead, in the final, the artists have to interpret the songs in the language they intend to sing in the Netherlands if they win the Icelandic national final. The winner of the “Söngvakeppnin 2020” will represent Iceland at the 60th Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam’s Ahoy Arena.

In the 64th edition of the contest held in Tel Aviv last May, the iconic Hatari represented Iceland with the song “Hatrið mun sigra” ranking 10th with 232 points.