Halló, velkomin til Reykjavíkur! The final of Söngvakeppnin 2017 takes place this evening in Reykjavik’s Laugardalshöll arena, and gurrl, we are all kinds of excited and nervous.
Tonight we will discover which of the seven finalists will earn the chance to get Iceland back to the Eurovision final, following two successive non-qualifications. The Wiwi jury has already had its say, but this time it’s all about you.
For the past week, our readers have been voting for the act they want to see win Söngvakeppnin 2017, and the results are in. Who are your two superfinalists? And who do you think will win the whole thing?
Söngvakeppnin 2017 – Our Readers’ Two Superfinalists
With 1,682 votes cast in total, we can now reveal that Svala Björgvinsdóttir has slayed the pack, receiving 697 votes, a massive 41% of all votes cast. Y’all must be feeling like “Paper” because Svala won over twice as many votes as her closest competitor.
“Paper/Ég veit það” was also the Wiwi jury’s favourite entry for Söngvakeppnin 2017. It scored an average of 7.89/10. The electro-ballad received praise for its “sublime chorus” and “great production”, and Svala was deemed “the epitome of cool”.
And judging by Twitter’s reaction to her performance in last week’s second semi-final, it seems that it is not just the House of Wiwi who loves The Voice judge.
Iceland is more relevant than Sweden this Saturday.
?? SVALA ??
— Robert Zayed ?? (@robert_zayed) March 6, 2017
OMG I have just heard Paper by Svala for the first time! Where have I been? Why have i not heard this before! It's awesome!! ??
— Niall Horan (@niallhoran) March 5, 2017
— JustFab (@FabFab_0410) March 5, 2017
In second place, with 304 votes (18% of the total), is Söngvakeppnin newcomer Aron Brink with his tropical banger “Hypnotised/Þú hefur dáleitt mig“.
Aron is the son of Sjonni Brink who tragically passed away in January 2011, just before he was due to enter Söngvakeppnin 2011 with his song “Coming Home”.
Aron’s song”Hypnotised” scored 5.97/10 with the Wiwi jury. The “bouncy summer vibes” and “carnival feel” were a real draw for many of the wiwibloggers (who are slightly tired of ballads). Perhaps some tropical sunshine is exactly what Iceland needs?
Social media too was awash with support for Aron Brink after his super fun semi-final performance on Saturday.
Team Aron Brink all the way! #12stig
— Svanhildur Sól (@SolSvanhildur) March 4, 2017
If you are tired of Ballads then help convince Iceland to choose Aron Brink
— Jaime ?????????????? (@Xjaime1X) March 5, 2017
With only the top two advancing to the superfinal, that means that our readers think that Aron Hannes, Hildur, Rúnar Eff, Daði Freyr Pétursson and Arnar Jónsson and Rakel Pálsdóttir will make a swift exit tonight. The battle for third place was close, but with only two superfinalists and ultimately one winner chosen by the end of tonight, close simply won’t do.
Poll results: Who should win Söngvakeppnin 2017?
WHEN AND HOW TO WATCH
The final of Söngvakeppnin 2017 starts at 20:45 CET. You can watch it through RÚV’s website. Just press the “Í beinni” text in the upper right corner and you are good to go.
Who are you most excited to tonight? Who do think will make the superfinal? Let us know in the comments below!