Earlier tonight, we got our first taste of Icelandic Eurovision action, as the first heat of Söngvakeppnin 2017 took place. And now we have our first three finalists for the big final on March 11, where they will compete for the golden ticket to Kiev in May. Who will follow in the footsteps of Greta Salóme?

Six acts went on stage in Háskólabíó and sang their hearts out, hoping to win the hearts of the Icelandic public, but only three could go all the way to Laugardagshöll for the final extravaganza. But who are the lucky three?

The first one to be revealed was Rúnar Eff with his song “Mér við hlið”.

Rúnar was one of the Wiwi jury favourites and tonight he impressed with his sexy raspy vocals and powerful stage presence.

The second act to make it to the finals was Aron Hannes with the song “Nótt”.

Aron brought tropical summer fun to the Icelandic selection, and his high energy performance was actually super enjoyable. This felt more like Ibiza than Iceland, but it was refreshing and it worked.

The third and final act through was the duo Arnar Jónsson and Rakel Pálsdóttir, and they will get to perform their song “Til mín” again in two weeks time.

Arnar and Rakel served up drama and killer vocals. Their subdued performance was totally classy, but the duo gave us more emotion than we could handle. Chills.

This means that Hildur, Júlí Heiðar Halldórsson and Þórdís Birna Borgarsdóttir, and Wiwi jury favourite Erna Mist Pétursdóttir were all eliminated. Erna Mist was also our readers favourite to win tonight’s semi-final. Talk about shocking. Iceland is cut-throat y’all.

Social media users were split in their reactions to tonight’s results:

The second semi final of Söngvakeppnin 2017 will take place in exactly one week’s time, when three more hopefuls will try to make it all the way to the finals in Laugardagshöll. Will Wiwi jury favourite Svala Björgvinsdóttir destroy the competition? Or will there be more shocks and surprises in store?

What are your thoughts on the first three Icelandic finalists? Please let us know below!

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3 years ago

My favorite is Til Mín! Arnar Jónsson and Rakel Pálsdóttir keep this beautiful song in Icelandic, please.

Jerome
Jerome
3 years ago

Whoa! You guys included my tweet!! (The third one)
After all the drama from the other national selections, this one gave the best news imo. Arnar and Rakel have been my second favourite after Svala, even though they were really underrated. So happy that their live performance was amazing, enough to put them to the final. Runar’s my third favourite, so i was hoping for another surprise from him and sure enough, he delivered.
I’m really happy with these results.

Colin
Colin
3 years ago

I am so glad everyone finally realizes how underrated Arnar and Rakel were, both in the poll and in the jury rating. This song can potentially win it all.

Robyn Gallagher
Admin
3 years ago

“Til mín” was incredible! I was hoping there’d be some sort of magic in the live performance and they more than delivered. Söngvakeppnin is always one of the best NFs!

Y
Y
3 years ago

Mr. Arnar Jónsson. Well…oh, my.

The song was also good. 🙂

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
3 years ago

Erna Mist Pétursdóttir got eliminated? Genuine shock!
Rúnar Eff has got a potential winner here, though.

evelyn borie
evelyn borie
3 years ago

Arnar and Rakel really surprised me tonight, they have become my ones to beat, waiting to see what Svala does next week

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
3 years ago

Arnar & Rakel (“Til Min”) delivered a big surprise tonight. They literally went from 6th to 1st in my opinion for tonight, thanks to this one performance. Well done! 🙂

Austrian Ari
Austrian Ari
3 years ago

I hope Arnar and Rakel keep this in Icelandic. Their English lyrics are insufferably bland to me. Not a fan of the black-and-white parts of the performance, either. Other than that, I’m very pleased they’re still in the race.

D
D
3 years ago

I really never expected Erna to make it through. She couldn’t qualify last year with an even better song. Hildur had a terrible live performance, so that sorts that.

Colin
Colin
3 years ago

Very happy for all 3 who made it. Runar was so awesome with his chill, yet emotional song. Arnar and Rakel were really tender and deep. Aron brought some much wanted fun and dance. Yet, I am disappointed that Júlí and Þórdís didn’t make it, because their performance was probably the best one. Erna was also very good and Hildur was cute too. As I said, great semi. Now that they are finalists, I wonder which version would they pick for the finals? Judging by their official videos, Mér við hlið and Til mín remain in Icelandic and Nott becomes… Read more »

Daniel
Daniel
3 years ago

Just as a curiosity, all 3 qualifiers from tonight have released official videos for their entries, and if we are based on them, it gives us the answer of which language the performers will go for in the final:

– “Til mín” in Icelandic.
– “Mér við hlið” in Icelandic.
– “Nótt” in English, titled “Tonight”.

My last words on this thread: BEWARE OF ICELAND! They are going for everything this year.

E.Scot
E.Scot
3 years ago

So I don’t dislike any of the icelandic songs but a bit sad that my top three from this semi were the ones eliminated. That includes my numbe 1 (i’ll be gone) and 3 (get back home) in he whole contest. Not holding out much hope for my number 2 which performs next week as its ‘trust in me’. Still iceland cant do too bad this year

Daniel
Daniel
3 years ago

The perfect qualifiers. They were the best tonight and totally earned their places in the final.
The worst of the night was Hildur, what was she thinking dressing in pink and bringing Simone’s heart to Reykjavík? Zero class!

escAU
escAU
3 years ago

Aron is like the Icelandic Freddy kalas:P

Charles
Charles
3 years ago

To compensate the fact that Loreen got trashed down by Swedish viewers (or STV pathetic rattings strategies) Rúnar Eff IS IN THE ICELANDIC FINAL and that is all I need to sleep better tonight. Music wins one way or another … Ain’t nobody got time for Icelandic Justin Bieber-wannabes unless Anton throws up on stage, offends fans and gets Grammy nominations …

Evy
Evy
3 years ago

Aww Rúnar

(J)ESC Fanatic
(J)ESC Fanatic
3 years ago

I’m so glad Arnar & Rakel made it! Their vocals (and Arnar’s looks) were on point.

eurovision6
eurovision6
3 years ago

Love Aron with “Nótt”