It’s been two long years since we’ve had a national final in Iceland. But that wait is officially over, as five acts performed on stage for Söngvakeppnin 2022 semi-final one. In the end, two acts qualified to the grand final – they were Sigga, Beta & Elín and Stefán Óli.
We witnessed everything from a Bollywood-themed ode to the volcanic eruption in Fagridalur, to soft guitar-strumming pop – and the excitement was palpable! Especially since the Covid restrictions have officially been called off in Iceland, and therefore there was a jam-packed audience in the hall tonight.
The results of the semi-finals is purely down to the public. A televote chooses two acts to qualify for the grand final.
Söngvakeppnin 2022 semi-final one qualifiers
Sigga, Beta & Elín – “Með Hækkandi Sól”
Stefán Óli – “Ljósið”
- Amorosis – “Don´t You Know”
- Haffi Haff – “Gía”
- Stefanía Svavars – “Hjartað mitt”
Of the six non-qualifiers from both semi-finals, a jury will then select one wildcard act to complete the five-song grand final.
Söngvakeppnin 2022: Show details
Söngvakeppnin 2022 features two semi-finals and one grand final. The hosts of all three shows are Björg Magnúsdóttir, Jón Jónsson and Ragnhildur Steinunn Jónsdóttir.
In each semi-final, all the acts must perform their song in Icelandic. Those that reach the grand final must then perform in the language they intend to sing at Eurovision, should they win Söngvakeppnin 2022 and be selected as Iceland’s entry.
The results of the semi-finals will purely be down to the public. A televote will choose two acts to qualify for the grand final. Of the six non-qualifiers, a jury will then select one wildcard act to complete the five-song grand final.
In the first round of the grand final, a 50/50 split of viewer and jury votes will determine the two superfinalists. The final decision in the superfinal will be made solely by public vote.
At Eurovision 2022, Iceland are scheduled to perform in the second half of the first semi-final on 10 May.
What do you think? Are you happy to see Sigga, Beta & Elín and Stefán Óli qualify from semi-final one of Söngvakeppnin 2022? Shout out your opinion in the comment section below.