Six acts competed in the first semi-final of Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsins, but only three — Friðrik Dór, Björn og Félagar and Elín Sif — have advanced to the final on February 14.
First Semi-Final Qualifiers
The first to be called out was Friðrik Dór with the song Í Síðasta Skipti, a powerballad á la Johnny Logan. Frikki was so overwhelmed with joy, that he took a powerslide when entering the stage, and ripped his trousers. That’s called sheer happiness y’all! He also said that he had to stay at his parents’ house the night before the semis, because his girlfriend and daughter came down with the stomach flu, and he didn’t think it would be appropiate to vomit all over Háskólabíó. Sacrifices, sacrifices.
The second act to reach the finals was Björn og Félagar with the song “Piltur og Stúlka”, a Band Aid-esque song about love (what else) from Pétur Örn, who is a familiar face amongst Eurofans, as he’s been a backing vocalist on several occasions, and co-wrote Ég á Líf. Björn is a veteran in music, and has been in the band Nýdönsk, along with Daníel Ágúst (Iceland 1989), for some 30 years.
And last but not least was “Í Kvöld” from “Elín Sif Halldórsdóttir”, a sweet little ballad about a girl slowdancing with her crush. This is quite a historic moment, since Elín is the youngest composer ever to enter the Eurovision stage. She is only 16 years old. Elín Sif was thrilled and surprised when her name was called out. It was obvious, that she did not expect it.
HINEMOA – Þú Leitar Líka Að Mér.
Erna Hrönn – Myrkrið Hljótt
Stefanía Svavarsdóttir – Augnablik
The plot will thicken even further next Saturday, when the next three acts will be chosen.
From the six songs that do not advance automatically, one will receive a special “jury wildcard” for the final.
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