An expert jury was supposed to award one of the eliminated songs a wildcard to the final, but the jury decided not to add a seventh song to the final.
Söngvakeppnin 2016, Semi-final 2
- Þórdís Birna Borgarsdóttir & Guðmundur Snorri Sigurðarson – "Spring yfir heiminn"
Erna Mist & Magnús Thorlacius – "Ótöluð orð" Helgi Valur Ásgeirsson – "Óvær"
- Elísabet Ormslev – "Á ný"
Pálmi Gunnarsson – "Ég leiði þig heim"
- Alda Dís Arnardóttir – "Augnablik"
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.
Just like last year, all the songs must be performed in Icelandic language at the semi-finals of Söngvakeppnin. 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.
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.