As Iceland prepares to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Söngvakeppnin, the broadcaster RUV has revealed the 12 competing songs in this year’s national selection.
The songs all have Icelandic lyrics and will be performed in Icelandic at the semi-finals, however, the songs that make it to the final must be performed in their intended language for Stockholm, so we can expect to hear some switches to English.
The 2016 line-up includes some familiar faces: Greta Salome Stefánsdóttir (Eurovision 2012 with Jonsi), Erna Hrönn (backing vocalist for Yohanna in 2009), and Pálmi Gunnarsson (Eurovision 1986, as part of ICY). Also in the line-up is Alda Dís Arnardóttir, who won the second series of Iceland’s Got Talent last year.
Six songs will compete in each of the semi-finals, held on 6 and 13 February. From there the top three from each semi and one jury wildcard will progress to the grand final on 20 February.
Alda Dís Arnardóttir “Augnablik” (Moments)
Elísabet Ormslev “Á ný” (Again)
Erna Hrönn Ólafsdóttir & Hjörtur Traustason “Hugur minn er” (My mind is)
Erna Mist & Magnús Thorlacius “Ótöluð orð” (Unspoken words)
Sigríður Eir Zophoniasardóttir and Jóhanna Vala Höskuldsdóttir “Ég sé þig” (I see you)
Greta Salóme Stefánsdóttir “Raddirnar” (The voices)
Helgi Valur Ásgeirsson “Óvær” (Uneasy)
Ingólfur Þórarinsson “Fátækur námsmaður” (A broke student)
Karlotta Sigurðardóttir “Óstöðvandi” (Unstoppable)
Pálmi Gunnarsson “Ég leiði þig heim” (I lead you home)
Sigga Eyrún “Kreisí” (Crazy)
Þórdís Birna Borgarsdóttir & Guðmundur Snorri Sigurðarson “Spring yfir heiminn” (All over the world)
Which songs are your favourites? Are there any that could lead Iceland to its first ever Eurovision victory? Share your thoughts below.