Icelandic broadcaster RUV has revealed the 12 contestants who will be competing in the national final Söngvakeppnin 2017. The 12 acts will be battling for the ticket to Kiyv in May.
Over 200 songs were submitted to the broadcaster this year. After a major cut, 12 hopefuls were left.
Some familiar faces are returning, such as Daði Freyr, along with veterans like Páll Rósinkrans. We also got to hear snippets from all competing songs, and right after the show ended, a new and improved Söngvakeppnin site was launched, where all the songs can be heard both in Icelandic and English.
Svala Björgvinsdóttir – “Ég veit það” (“Paper”)
Composer/lyrics: Svala Björgvinsdóttir, Einar Egilsson , Lester Mendez and Lily
Svala is no stranger when it comes to Söngvakeppnin. She was the composer behind the semi-finalist “The Wiggle Wiggle Song” in 2008, which was performed by Haffi Haff. Albeit not making it all the way to the finals, the song was a major hit in Iceland and an evergreen for Icelandic fans. Svala is the frontwoman for the band Steed Lord, a well known band in America and Iceland and is currently a coach on The Voice:Ísland. She’s already caught the eyes of Team Wiwi, and was one of ten Icelandic performers that made the 2016 wishlist for Eurovision. Svala is also the daughter of the well known singer and Eurovision veteran Bo Halldórs, who represented Iceland in Dublin 1995, as well as being a regular in the early years of Söngvakeppnin. Maybe we will have our wish from last year come true and finally see the ever so cool Svala carrying the Icelandic flag in Eurovision, with the kickass dramatic “Ég veit það”.
Júlí Heiðar and Þórdís Birna – “Heim til þín” (“Get Back Home”)
Composer/lyrics: Júlí Heiðar and Guðmundur Snorri
Júlí and Þórdís are back, y’all! Last year, Þórdís performed “Ready to break free” alongside Guðmundur Snorri in Söngvakeppnin 2017, and Júlí sat behind the piano. This time, Júlí and Guðmundur will switch places and the cute couple Júlí and Þórdís will get to perform together. Will they make it to the finals?
Aron Brink – “Þú hefur dáleitt mig” (“Hypnotized”)
Composer/lyrics: Þórunn Clausen
Aron is a first-timer in Söngvakeppnin, but his background in music is solid nonetheless. His father was Sjonni Brink, who so tragically passed away in January 2011, right before he was due to enter Söngvakeppnin 2011, with his song “Coming Home”. As we all know, his legacy was still carried on by his close friends, and the song made it all the way to Dusseldorf. Aron’s stepmother, Þórunn Clausen is the brain behind “Þú hefur dáleitt mig” and there is no doubt that we will see more of Aron in the future. Söngvakeppnin 2017 is merely the first step for this young and talented singer. “Þú hefur dáleitt mig” (or “You have hypnotized me”) is according to Þórunn and Aron, a big bundle of joy. Its completely different from “Coming home”. One can hear a little Justin Bieber if one listens carefully.
Hildur Kristín Stefánsdóttir – “Bammbaramm” (“Bammbaramm”)
Composer/lyrics: Hildur Kristín Stefánsdóttir
A former member of the hip band SUNDAY, which was a fan favourite back in 2015, Hildur has decided to go solo this time with her feel-good anthem “Bambaramm”, a vastly different tune from the dramatic “Fjaðrir”. Maybe this time will be different and Hildur will make it to the top.
Composer/lyrics: Sveinn Rúnar Sigurðsson
Aron Hannes is also brand new when it comes to Eurovision, but that can not be said about the composer Sveinn Rúnar, who was the composer behind Jónsi’s “Heaven” in 2004 and Eiríkur Hauksson’s “Valentine Lost” in 2007, as well as having competed several times in the past. Will this be his third time?
Daði Freyr Pétursson – “Hvað með það?” (“Is This Love?”)
Composer/lyrics: Daði Freyr Pétursson
A synth pop number from the unknown Daði Freyr, who has a strong resemblence to the Icelandic wunderkind Asgeir Trausti.
Rúnar Eff – “Mér við hlið” (“Make Your Way Back Home”)
Composer/lyrics: Rúnar Eff
Rúnar is another new timer in Söngvakeppni. The song “Mér við hlið” (or “By my side”) is a soft and romantic ballad, that Rúnar originally wrote and dedicated to his wife. His background lies in country, but this one is far from country.
Linda Hartman – “Ástfangin” (“Obvious Love”)
Composer/lyrics: Linda Hartman
“A song about a broken-hearted woman” says the composer/performer Linda Hartman. The mother of three found time to write a song about love, as well as being a contestant in The Voice: Ísland. A heartfelt ballad with power and pain is definitely something worth noticing.
Erna Mist Pétursdóttir – “Skuggamynd” (“I’ll Be Gone”)
Composer/lyrics: Erna Mist Pétursdóttir
She’s going solo this time. Erna was one half of a boyfriend/girlfriend duo, along with her boyfriend Magnús Thorlacius, which competed last year with their song “Til þín”, but failed to make it to the finals in Laugardagshöll. “Skuggamynd” is another powerballad, performed with a feeling, and Erna is a force to be reckoned with.
Sólveig Ásgeirsdóttir – “Treystu á mig” (“Trust In Me”)
Composer/lyrics: Iðunn Ásgeirsdóttir
A sister duo has graced the Icelandic national finals for the first time. They, like so many others, are new to the scene, and claim that the song is about everything between love and friendship. Cute and lovely, and perfect for those who want to express their love to the world.
Páll Rósinkrans and Kristina Bærendsen – “Þú og Ég” (“You and I”)
Composer/lyrics: Mark Brink
An Icelandic/Faroese collaboration in a country-esque ballad by Mark Brink. Kristina is from the Faraoe Islands and has never entered Söngvakeppnin, but Páll is a veteran, having competed several times in the past. Páll admits that he has somewhat a love/hate relationship with the contest, and Kristina is learning Icelandic. Will we see a Faroese on the stage in Kiyv? Only time will tell.
Composer/lyrics: Hólmfríður Ósk Samúelsdóttir
They have all been involved in Söngvakeppnin one way or the other. Hólmfríður has been a backing vocal a couple of times, and most of us can remember her and Rakel from the 2014 happiness bomb “Eftir eitt lag”, which was performed by Hólmfríður’s sister Gréta Mjöll.
There we have it. One of those dozen lucky people will follow Greta Salóme’s footsteps on March 11th. Who will it be? Check out the songs on the Söngvakeppnin website and share your thoughts.