The first two finalists in the Icelandic national finals, Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsins, have been revealed. Tonight Icelanders chose “Von”, performed by Gissur Páll Gissurarson, and “Eftir eitt lag”, performed by Gréta Mjöll Samúelsdóttir. They’ll now sing it out in the final for a chance to sing in Copenhagen this May.
Iceland may soon melt: Tonight’s show was hot. Gissur is a professional opera singer and started his career at the age of 12 when he sang the lead part in the Icelandic national theater’s staging of Oliver Twist. He currently resides in Italy where he has lived for the past 7 years. Can he turn an opera ballad into a favorite for Copenhagen?
Here’s Gissur at his day job:
Gréta Mjöll Samúelsdóttir is a 26-year old singer, production manager for Lazytown corporation and a striker for Iceland’s national women’s football team. She has been singing since an early age and last year founded the duet SamSam, along with her sister Hófí. Her happy-go-lucky sing-a-long song clearly appealed to Icelanders. Will Europe take up the happy as well?
Here’s a fan singing about his favourite female footballer.
The five songs competing in the second semi final will go public on Monday, February 3rd and will be available on ruv.is. Don’t feel bad for the eliminated songs just yet. There is still a chance that two other songs will get the wild card, and then a jury will decide which song will be performed again in the finals, for a second chance. What’s your opinion of the first two finalists?
Kristin Kristjans contributed this report from Iceland. You can keep up with the latest Eurovision news and gossip by following the team from wiwibloggs.com on Twitter @wiwibloggs and by liking our Facebook page.
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