Iceland: Svala Björgvinsdóttir wins Söngvakeppnin 2017 with “Paper”

On Saturday night the final of Söngvakeppnin 2017 burst onto our screens from Reykjavik’s Laugardalshöll Arena. Over the past few weeks Iceland has given us plenty of drama, some surprise qualifications and even the return of a wildcard.

Seven finalists performed tonight, and there were even appearances from former Eurovision winners Måns Zelmerlöw and Alexander Rybak. But tonight was all about one person. Congratulations to Svala Björgvinsdóttir, we will see you in Kyiv!

Following the first round of voting (50/50 jury and televote), the top two finalists, Daði Freyr Pétursson and Svala Björgvinsdóttir, had recieved the most votes and advanced to the superfinal.

Söngvakeppnin 2017: combined jury and televote results

Söngvakeppnin 2017: jury results

After Svala and Daði performed “Paper” and “Is This Love?” in the superfinal, the public got one last chance to vote for their favourite. And finally after what seemed like an eternity, it was revealed that Svala was the winner.

Svala came out on top with both our readers and the Wiwi Jury. wiwiblogger Kristin gave “Paper” 9 out of 10 and commented:

“I am prepared to buy myself a hat and eat it if Svala doesn’t represent us in Kyiv. “Paper” is THE song to beat this year. Strong, catchy and modern without being cliché, it’s fab and Svala herself is the epitome of cool. I’ve been waiting since 2008 to see her give Söngvakeppnin another try and I even put her on my wishlist from last year. The time has finally come for Svala. Of that I am certain.”

SÖNGVAKEPPNIN 2017 winner – Svala Björgvinsdóttir  “Paper”

SÖNGVAKEPPNIN 2017: as it happened

The selection kicked off with Greta Salóme reprising her winning entry from last year, “Hear Them Calling”.

Aron Hannes was the first finalist to perform, and “Tonight” went down a storm with the audience (mainly for those leather pants).

Arnar Jónsson and Rakel Pálsdóttir ramped up the emotion for “Again”, and they spent much of the performance back-to-back, which was super romantic.

Aron Brink’s tropical banger “Hypnotised” was just as much fun performed in English, and he brought all of the confetti and glitter in Iceland. We love glitter y’all.

Wildcard Hildur got a second chance to prove herself after that semi-final performance of “Bammbaramm”, and this time around there were no problems.

Hildur makes our hearts beat #söngvakeppnin #iceland #eurovisionnationalselection #eurovision2017

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Rúnar Eff followed Hildur, and he smouldered on his performance of “Make Your Way Back Home”, which he kept simple.

Rúnar Eff keeping it simple but strong #söngvakeppnin #iceland #eurovisionnationalselection #eurovision2017

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Wiwi Jury and fan favourite Svala Björgvinsdóttir was the penultimate act, and her performance of “Paper” remained unchained from the semi-final.

Svala owned the stage #söngvakeppnin #iceland #eurovisionnationalselection #eurovision2017

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Daði Freyr Pétursson was the last finalist to perform, and the cute and charming “Is This Love?” really seemed to resonate with the crowd.

Måns Zelmerlöw then took to the stage for the first of two appearances. What followed was one of the most awkward interviews ever.

Måns, who said that he “absolutely loves Iceland”, admitted that there were two songs that stood out for him in particular, although he wouldn’t specify which ones. When asked if Iceland had a potential Eurovision winner, Måns hesitated (for ages, it was so cringe) but eventually conceded that maybe one of the entries could earn Iceland its first ever win.

Following the obligatory national final appearance of Alexander Rybak singing “Fairytale”, the voting began, and the superfinalists were revealed. Greta returned to present her new song, “Blues”, and just when it seemed that the show could not go on any longer, Måns came back and sang a “Heroes/Glorious” mash-up, with the help of the finalists.

Finally the moment we had been waiting three hours for came, and after a tense wait, the result was revealed. Social media users appear to be happy with Iceland’s decision:

But what do you think? Were you rooting for Svala? Can she make the final in Kyiv? Sound off below!