Tonight saw the second semi-final of Iceland’s Söngvakeppni, their selection for Eurovision 2019. Five more acts performed for their shot at the final.
Last week, we saw fan favourites Hatari and Eurovision diva Hera Björk advance to the grand final. Tonight, Friðrik Ómar and Tara Mobee joined them after topping the second semi-final.
Also joining them as well is Kristina Bærendsen, who received RÚV´s wild card.
Söngvakeppni Semi-Final Two
It was a star studded night of Eurovision extravaganza in Háskólabíó, when the five remaining acts of Söngvakeppni sang their hearts out. The variety was pretty solid. Dance pop, powerballad, soft electro pop, countryballad and last but not least, a trance-infused rap. Something for everyone, y’all!
Friðrik Ómar – “Hvað ef ég get ekki elskað?”/”What If I Can’t Love?”
There’s almost no need to introduce Friðrik Ómar to Eurovision fans. The former Euroband member brought a hardcore powerballad, which he says is about a personal journey of his, and comes straight from the heart.
His line up in backing vocals can be described as Eurovision royalty. He had his co-star of Euroband, Regína Ósk, along with Erna Hrönn (backup for Yohanna), Heiða Ólafs (backup for Hera), Jógvan Hansen (2nd place in Söngvakeppni 2010) and Selma Björnsdóttir on stage.
Tara Mobee – “Betri án þín”/”Fighting For Love”
Despite being relatively new to the scene, 19 year old Tara Mobee has already gained much attention for her music and her silky smooth voice. She debuted at Icelandic Airwaves 2018 and has already three very successful singles under her belt.
Tara has taken Iceland by storm and is in the finals without so much as breaking a sweat. You go girl!
RÚV also decided to award a wild card this year for the final. That honour went to Kristina Bærendsen — who rumors say came 3rd in the first semi finals a week ago.
This is the final lineup for Söngvakeppni 2019 and one of these lucky people will step in Ari Ólafsson´s shoes and represent Iceland in Eurovision Song Contest come May.
Do you like the line up? Did your favorite make it to Laugardalshöll? Who do you think will win on March 2nd? Please sound off your comments below!