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:
— Bushpepa ?????????? (@12pointsgoto) February 25, 2017
Iclandic guys are so stupid! They chose the worst they can even choose! I have no longer any interest to look further #songvakeppnin
— Black Lemonade (@blacklemonad) February 25, 2017
Arnar and Rakel made it?? Yeeeesss!!! Runar made it?? Woooo!! Aron made it?? Yeah!!
This is really good!!!
— ???????????? Jerome ???? (@JeromeJTrain) February 25, 2017
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!