Earlier tonight, we got our second taste of Icelandic Eurovision action, as semi-final two of Söngvakeppnin 2017 took place. And now we have our second batch of finalists for the big final on March 11, where they will compete for the golden ticket to Kyiv in May. Who will follow in the footsteps of Greta Salóme?
Six acts sang their hearts out, hoping to win the hearts of the Icelandic public, but only three (and possibly a wildcard) could go all the way to Laugardagshöll for the final extravaganza. But who are the lucky three?
Söngvakeppnin 2017 semi-final two qualifiers
Daði Freyr Pétursson “Hvað með það?”
As part of the Wiwi Jury, Jason said:
“Is This Love?” is really quite odd, but I like how different this is to anything else in the selection. The techno beats shouldn’t work with Daði’s vocals, but for me the combination is strangely appealing. However, I am not sure how this will come across live, and with some other very strong entries, I have a feeling we won’t be seeing Daði in Kyiv.
Svala Björgvinsdóttir “Ég veit það”
As part of the Wiwi Jury, Kristin said:
I am prepared to buy myself a hat and eat it if Svala doesn’t represent us in Kyiv. “Paper” is THE song to beat this year. Strong, catchy and modern without being cliché, it’s fab and Svala herself is the epitome of cool. I’ve been waiting since 2008 to see her give Söngvakeppnin another try and I even put her on my Wishlist from last year. The time has finally come for Svala. Of that I am certain.
Aron Brink “Þú hefur dáleitt mig”
As part of the Wiwi Jury, William said:
Calypso sounds, electro-beat, carnival feel — this tropical ditty does not scream “volcanic island in the North Atlantic”. And that may be why I find it so uplifting and fun. Nodding to Jessy Matador, Stella Mwangi and SaRaha, this makes me go kizunguzungu. Söngvakeppnin too often feels like a dour folk festival, so it’s great to have a flash of unadulterated pop.
These three acts will join last week’s qualifiers — Rúnar Eff, Aron Hannes & Arnar Jónsson and Rakel Pálsdóttir — in the final
Söngvakeppnin 2017 semi-final two non-qualifiers
- Linda Hartmanns “Ástfangin”
- Páll Rósinkranz & Kristina Bærendsen “Þú og ég”
- Sólveig Ásgeirsdóttir “Treystu á mig”
Söngvakeppnin 2017 wildcard
Hildur became the seventh finalist, after her entry “Bammbaramm” received the jury wildcard. Y’all will recall that she hit the headlines earlier in the week after she made an official complaint about the sound quality during semi-final one.
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