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Iceland: English versions of Söngvakeppnin 2016 songs

Five of the six finalists have decided to sing in English on Saturday. Listen to the English versions of the Söngvakeppnin 2016 finalists here


Just like last year, all the songs in Söngvakeppnin must be performed in Icelandic language at the semi-finals. If a song proceeds to the final of Söngvakeppnin the song shall be performed in the language intended for Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Stockholm.

Five of the Six finalists have decided to perform their songs in English in the final. The final of Söngvakeppnin 2016 will be held on Saturday 20 February, 21:00 CET: Live-streaming.

Söngvakeppnin 2016 Finalists

Running order

  1. Greta Salóme - "Hear them calling" ("Raddirnar")
  2. Hjörtur Traustason & Erna Hrönn Ólafsdóttir - "I promised you then" ("Hugur minn er")
  3. Karlotta Sigurðardóttir - "Eye of the storm" ("Óstöðvandi")
  4. Þórdís Borgarsdóttir & Guðmundur Sigurðarson – "Ready to break free" ("Spring yfir heiminn")
  5. Elísabet Ormslev – "Á ný"
  6. Alda Dís Arnardóttir – "Now" ("Augnablik")

Söngvakeppnin 2016

6 February: Semi-final 1
13 February: Semi-final 2
20 February: Final

Six songs competed in each semi-final, and three songs from each qualified to the final. The six songs that didn't qualify from one of the semi-finals got a second chance to go to the final. After the second semi-final, an expert jury awards one of the eliminated songs a wildcard to the final. All three shows will be broadcasted live.

Iceland 2012: Greta Salóme & Jónsi - "Never Forget"

Iceland in Eurovision Song Contest

Iceland's debut in Eurovision Song Contest was back in 1986, and has been participating 28 times since. Best result are two second-places with Yohanna in 2009 and Selma in 1999.

Iceland is the only Northern European country that has yet to win the Eurovision Song Contest.

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