The final of Iceland’s Söngvakeppnin 2018 in Reykjavik’s Laugardalshöll arena brought about six great performances, and one tense super-final. In the end, Iceland chose Ari Ólafsson to fly the flag in Lisbon with “Our Choice”!
Ari Ólafsson — “Our Choice”
After two semi-finals, six acts stood on stage, hoping to become Svala´s successor in Eurovision. Needless to say, the battle was fierce. After a split 50/50 votes between an international jury and votes from the public, it was Ari Olafsson and Dagur Sigurðarson who went on the compete in the super-final.
Despite Dagur topping the combined jury-televote in the first vote, the super-final changed all. A clear televote to determine the winner saw Ari be Iceland’s choice. He’ll represent the country in the first semi-final in Lisbon, on May 8th.
Söngvakeppnin 2018: Super-Final
- Ari Ólafsson – “Our Choice”
- Dagur Sigurðarson – “Í stormi”
Söngvakeppnin 2018: First Round Vote
- Dagur Sigurðarson – “Í stormi” (44,730)
- Ari Ólafsson – “Our Choice” (35,861)
- Heimilistónar – “Kúst og Fæjó” (31,802)
- Aron Hannes – “Gold digger” (30,938)
- FÓKUS – “Battleline” (25,950)
- ÁTTAN – “Here for you” (13,997)
It wasn’t only Icelandic stars who graced the stage with their presence tonight. Swedish favourite Robin Bengtsson kicked the show off with “I Can’t Go On”. Svala returned from L.A to give away the trophy and perform a stripped back version of “Paper”. Finally, Eurovision winner Emmelie De Forest performed new single “Sanctuary” as well as “Only Teardrops”
So, what are your thoughts about Ari — will he put an end to Iceland’s dry spell and put the country back in the finals? Did Iceland make the right choice? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below!