Icelandic broadcaster RÚV announced today that a special jury has selected 15 songs for the national selection contest Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsins. That’s out of 164 entries (roughly half of Iceland’s population). Producers will assign these 15 to three semi-finals—so five songs in each—to be held in January 2012. For now we only know the song’s composers—not the artists singing them.
Out of the 15 composers there are a few notable ones.
María Björk Sverrisdóttir and Marcus Frenell composed last year’s entry “Nótt” for Yohanna. The entry didn’t end up winning the nationals. But not even that could dent Yohanna’s reputation: she represented Iceland at Eurovision in 2009 with the awesome song “Is it True?” (which to me, conjures up images of a coming-of-age Disney movie), and placed second. Her failed comeback in 2011 has fueled speculation of her return this year.
Ingólfur Þórarinsson, also known as Ingó, is back once again, after taking part in the Icelandic national final in 2009 with “Undir Regnbogann“, and finishing second.
In 2011, Sjónni’s Friends represented Iceland with “Aftur Heim,” whose original performer passed away suddenly ahead of his semi-final. It was the sentimental choice and paid tribute to his untimely death…tear.