Iceland Söngvakeppnin 2020 artists
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Iceland: Here are the songs for Söngvakeppnin 2020

RÚV has just announced the artists and the songs for Söngvakeppnin 2020. 10 acts, one ticket for Rotterdam. Who will represent Iceland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020? Listen to the songs and vote in our poll

The Icelandic broadcaster RÚV has just announced the participating artists and released their songs for Söngvakeppnin 2020.

10 songs has been selected to compete in this year's Söngvakeppnin – Five songs for each Semi-final.

Ten participating songs, one winner. Who will follow Hatari? Listen to the songs and share your thoughts.

All the songs have to be performed in Icelandic language in the Semi-finals. In the Final it's optional for each singer if he/she will perform the song in Icelandic or in English.


29 February 2020

1Ísold & HelgaMeet Me Halfway
2Daði & GagnamagniðThink About Things
3Nína DagbjörtEcho
4IvaOculis videre
Ísold & Helga – "Meet Me Halfway"
Daði & Gagnamagnið – "Think About Things"
Nína Dagbjört – "Echo"
Iva – "Oculis videre"
DIMMA – "Almyrkvi"

Semi-final 1

8 February 2020

RunningArtistIcelandic English
1Kid IsakÆvintýri
2ElísabetElta þigHaunting
3Brynja MaryAugun þínIn Your Eyes
4Ísold & Helga finalistKlukkan tifarMeet Me Halfway
5DIMMA finalistAlmyrkvi

Result Semi-final 1: DIMMA and Ísold & Helga qualified for the final

Kid Isak
"Elta þig"
"Augun þín"
"In Your Eyes"
Brynja Mary
"Klukkan tifar"
"Meet Me Halfway"
Ísold & Helga

Semi-final 2

15 February 2020

RunningArtistIcelandic English
1Daði Freyr finalistGagnamagniðThink About Things
2Hildur ValaFellibylur
3Iva finalistOculis VidereOculis Videre
4Nína wildcardEkkóEcho
5Matti MattDreyma

Result Semi-final 2: Iva, Daði & Gagnamagnið and Nína qualified for the final

"Think About Things"
Daði Freyr
Hildur Vala
"Oculis Videre"
"Oculis Videre"
Matti Matt

Söngvakeppnin 2020

This contest has usually been the way Iceland's representative for the Eurovision Song Contest is chosen, since their debut in ESC.

The format of Söngvakeppnin 2020 will be exactly the same as last year, with two Semi-finals and a Final:

  • Semi-final 1: 8 February 2020
  • Semi-final 2: 15 February 2020
  • Final: 29 February 2020

Five songs are competing in each semi-final. Four songs qualify to the grand final (two from each semi). The last spot is awarded by RÚV, giving the opportunity to a fifth act to perform in the final event.

The outcome will be decided by the combination of an expert judging panel and the public votes. The two semi-finals will take place in Háskólabíó Conference Hall, while the final will take place in Laugardalshöll. Both venues are located in the country's biggest city, Reykjavik.

RÚV will broadcast all three shows.

Iceland in Eurovision Song Contest

Iceland 1999: Selma Björnsdóttir - "All Out Of Luck"

Iceland's debut in Eurovision Song Contest was back in 1986, and has been participating 32 times since.

Best result are two second-places with Yohanna in 2009 and Selma in 1999.

Iceland 1999: Selma Björnsdóttir - "All Out Of Luck"

Since the introduction of Semi-finals in 2004 Iceland qualified to the Grand Final 9 out of 16 times.

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

About the author: João Barateiro (Portugal)

João has watched his first show in 2009, but he has become a fan recently. He has a very unpredictable taste and he is easily influenced by a way a song is performed live and by the way it is staged. Albania and Norway are his favourite ESC countries.

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