Five acts performed in Háskólabíó, but only two impressed the public enough to advance to the Söngvakeppnin 2020 grand final. Rock band DIMMA and duo Ísold & Helga will be heading to the grand final on February 29th.
The show was an impressive mix between professional musicians and new talents and every single performer gave their all for three minutes. But in the end, it was heavy metal band DIMMA with their song “Almyrkvi” (Eclipse) and the female duo of Ísold & Helga with “Klukkan tifar” (The clock is ticking) who ended the ever-so-entertaining night as winners. They are now one step closer to the golden ticket to Rotterdam and the honour of representing Iceland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020.
Five more songs will compete at the second semi-final next Saturday and two (or three if the wildcard will be used) of them will proceed to the grand final later in the month.
Dimma – “Almyrkvi” Söngvakeppnin 2020
The metal band DIMMA are far from the average Eurovision contestant despite being on the Wiwi Wishlist back in 2016. The band was formed by brothers Silli and Ingó Geirdal in 2004 and, after releasing two albums, the line-up changed in 2011 when singer Stefán Jakobsson and drummer Egill Rafnsson entered the band and suddenly all eyes were on this powerful and melodic metal band. Since then, they have become Iceland’s most beloved band in that particular genre.
Many eyebrows were raised when word got out that DIMMA was to enter Söngvakeppnin with their song “Almyrkvi”. It was something their fans did not see coming at all.
“We realized we had a good song, so we thought, why not? And we couldn’t come up with a decent answer so we just went for it,” the band said in an interview with RÚV. But they admit it was difficult to write a song under the three-minute maximum. But because the band is tight and used to facing all sorts of challenges, they wrote “Almyrkvi”.
The public showed their undying love and rewarded DIMMA with a spot in the grand finals at the end of the month. Unlike some acts who have an English version of their song, DIMMA’s metal anthem “Almyrkvi” is only available in Icelandic.
Ísold & Helga – “Klukkan tifar” Söngvakeppnin 2020
Ísold and Helga only met two months ago, when the “Klukkan tifar” songwriters recruited them for Söngvakeppnin 2020. During that short time, the two have become good friends and are determined to have each others’ backs in the Eurovision bubble.
“We”re both strong characters but together, we just work,” they said in an interview with K100. They have different backgrounds Eurovision wise. While Ísold is a devoted fan, Helga is just beginning to appreciate the wonder that is ESC and enjoys every single moment.
Prior to the contest, the girls were relatively unknown, but that didn’t stop the composers taking chance on them. A chance that has paid off immensely, for the Icelandic public spotted the same thing the songwriters saw. Great chemistry and a duo that owns the stage.
They will have a chance to own it again on February 28th in Söngvakeppnin 2020 grand finals. It is likely that they will perform the English version of their song in the grand final, “Meet Me Halfway”.
Five down, five to go. The second semi-final of Söngvakeppnin 2020 is in a week’s time. There two more songs will advance to the grand final, with the possibility of a fifth finalist being selected via the jury wildcard.
What are your thoughts about the qualifying acts? Did you agree with the Icelandic public? What was your personal choice for tonight? Please sound off in the comment section below.