Iceland is the little nation that could. Despite having some great tracks in the last five years, Iceland haven’t made it to the final of the Eurovision Song Contest since 2014. They will be hoping to turn this unfortunate streak around in 2019 and this began today when broadcaster RUV revealed their plans for Eurovision 2019 at a press conference.
In the conference the broadcaster revealed that there will be two semi finals in 2019 to be held on 9 and 16 February. However, instead of six songs in each which we’ve grown accustomed to in the last few years, there will only be five, a total of ten songs. Two from each semi final will advance to the the final which will take place on 2 March. They will also be joined by a wildcard, which will be selected from the six acts that didn’t make it through.
RUV told us that we would have to wait a little bit longer to find out who would participate in Songvakeppnin 2019, but the artist names and songs leaked soon after the press conference was held. The list of competing artists and songs are below and include Icelandic 2010 representative Hera Bjork and lead singer of the band Euroband who represented Iceland at Eurovision 2008.
Songvakeppnin 2019 Contenders
Hatari- ‘Hatrið mun sigra’
Hera Bjork- ‘Eitt andartak / Moving on’
Kristina Skoubo Bærendsen- ‘Ég á mig sjálf / Mama Said’
Þórdís Imsland- ‘Nú og hér / What Are You Waiting For?’
Daniel Oliver- ‘Licky Licky’
Elli Grill, Skadi and Glymur- ‘Jeijó, keyrum alla leið’
Friðrik Ómar- ‘Hvað ef ég get ekki elskað? / What If I Can’t Have Love?’
Ívar Daníels- ‘Þú bætir mig / Make Me Whole’
Tara Mobee- ‘Betri án þín / Fighting For Love’
Heiðrún Anna Björnsdóttir- ‘Helgi / Sunday Boy’
The final will feature a guest performance from last year’s winner Ari Olafsson, as well as a special performance from a Eurovision legend which is to be confirmed soon.