The Söngvakeppnin 2020 songs are out! And on February 8 the first five of Iceland’s Eurovision 2020 hopefuls will hit the stage with live performances in the Icelandic language. Ahead of the show Deban and I recently got together to have a listen to the studio cuts. Do we hear any potential Eurovision winners? And who seems most likely to make it to the final? We have a listen and think out loud.

Söngvakeppnin 2020: First semifinal – February 8th

Kid Isak – “Ævintýri” (IS)
Composers: Þormóður Eiríksson, Kristinn Óli Haraldsson & Jóhannes Damian Patreksson
Lyrics: Þormóður Eiríksson & Kristinn Óli Haraldsson

Brynja Mary – “Augun þín” (IS) – “In Your Eyes” (ENG)
Composers: Brynja Mary Sverrisdóttir & Lasse Qvist
Icelandic lyrics: Kristján Hreinsson
English lyrics: Brynja Mary Sverrisdóttir

DIMMA – “Almyrkvi” (IS)
Composers: DIMMA
Lyrics: Ingó Geirdal

Elísabet – “Elta þig” (IS) – “Haunting” (ENG)
Composers: Elísabet Ormslev & Zoe Ruth Erwin
Icelandic lyrics: Daði Freyr
English lyrics: Zoe Ruth Erwin

Ísold & Helga – “Klukkan tifar” (IS) – “Meet Me Halfway” (ENG)
Composers: Birgir Steinn Stefánsson & Ragnar Már Jónsson
Icelandic lyrics: Stefán Hilmarsson
English lyrics: Birgir Steinn Stefánsson, Ragnar Már Jónsson & Stefán Hilmarsson

Which songs stirred something in you? Who do you think is most likely to qualify for the final? Let us know in the comments box below!

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Deban, you little metal devil you!

Martin
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Martin

Strongest by far 1. Isold & Helga, 2. Elisabet, 3. Dimma. In the final, a battle between Iva and Isold & Helga.

Martin
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Martin

Unfortunately William, “Radio friendly” in the case of Brynja Mary means pedestrian, average, unexciting and contrived! Brynja mary’s song is quintessentially what is wrong with current music on both sides of the Atlantic.

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I would absolutely LOVE an Icelandic victory with “Oculis Videre”!

Tom
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Tom

Strong semi – for me – Dimma and Kid but i like Bryna or Elisabet

Dimitri
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Dimitri

William & Deban you give me life! You guys are amazing. You crack me up so much. Love your reviews. Eurovision would not be the same without you. Someone give you an OBE, an MBE, a EUROBE, or whatever please, for services to making the world more fun 🙂

Kris
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Kris

Why do so few people like ‘In your eyes ‘ ?

She’s young(should be energetic) and the song sounds good in Icelandic too

Kosey
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Kosey

Meet me halfway from this one

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

Can we have one qualifier from this semi final and all the rest from semi final 2? 😉

Kris
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Kris

No
I’d rather the wildcard gets picked from semi 1 , rather than two

I like echo n Oculis videre in semi 2. Not the other three

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Ricky Gervais

‘Klukkan tifar’ sounds like it was picked from The Sims 4 playlist. 😛