Eurovision’s most westerly national selection has come to a conclusion. The grand final of Iceland’s Söngvakeppnin 2022 saw Sigga, Beta & Elín come out on top with their song “Með hækkandi sól”.
Reykjavíkurdætur also advanced to the super-final and finished in second place.
Sigga, Beta & Elín – “Með hækkandi sól” (Iceland Eurovision 2022)
As a prominent and popular band from the Icelandic indie-pop and folk-pop scene, it was only a matter of time before Sigga Beta & Elín would dip their toe into Söngvakeppnin and Eurovision. Also known as Sísí Ey, the band consists of three sisters – Sigga, Elísabet and Elín – who are known for their beautiful and hypnotising voices. The girls are no stranger to the music scene, as their parents Ellen Kristjánsdóttir and Eyþór Gunnarsson are both hugely popular and well respected in Iceland.
“Með Hækkandi Sól” (“Rising Sun in English) is composed and written by Lovísa Elísabet Sigrúnardóttir, who has performed under her artist name LayLow, and it has Sísí Ey´s trademark sound of beautiful vocals and mesmerising sound.
Söngvakeppnin 2022 Grand Final
After performing in Icelandic during the semi-finals, those that reached the grand final had to perform in the language they intend to sing at Eurovision, should they win Söngvakeppnin 2022 and be selected as Iceland’s entry.
The winner of the grand final was determined over two rounds. In the first, a 50/50 split of viewer and jury votes chose the two super-finalists. The final decision in the super final was made solely by public vote.
- Reykjavíkurdætur – “Turn This Around”
- Sigga, Beta & Elín – “Með hækkandi sól”
Söngvakeppnin 2022 running order
- Katla – “Þaðan af”
- Amarosis – “Don’t You Know”
- Reykjavíkurdætur – “Turn This Around”
- Stefán Óli – “Ljósið”
- Sigga, Beta & Elín – “Með hækkandi sól”
Söngvakeppnin 2022 jury members
- Daði Freyr (Iceland)
- Ragnheiður Gröndal (Iceland)
- Sóley Stefánsdóttir (Iceland)
- Heidi Välkkilä (Finland)
- Barry Van Cornewal (Netherlands)
- Stig Karlsen (Norway)
- Tusse (Sweden)
Tusse also performed his Eurovision 2021 song “Voices” as part of the interval act.
Are you happy to see Sigga Beta & Elín win Söngvakeppnin 2022? How will Iceland do at Eurovision? Let us know down below.
I wonder how nobody has commented before that this has clear vibes to swedish duo First Aid Kit… This will do well for sure with the juries. We need some quality melodic folk this year…
Not sure why but I really like this, if I could give them one bit of advice, please do not sing this in English in Turin.
There is no English version. The version used in the final has to be the one they are going to have in Eurovision. And they didn’t even release an English version like the others did
They’d make a decent slip cordon with that positioning.
They only need to borrow Jonas from Germany’s jumpers and they are ready to go for Turin!
Reminds of Eurovision in the 00’s. But in a good way??
This is wonderful. I love it
This song hypnotises me….bringing me the calm I need….
easily my number one….
At first I thought My God this is boring…and now I really like it. It’s not a winning song but it deserves at least a decent result.
Considering the low competitive level of the first semi-final and also that this song can be a grower, I can see Iceland being a borderline qualifier and that would fill me with euphoric joy.
Quality. Tonight all three selected songs went straight to my top 10. Loving this eurovision season
Ooh this is so my vibe I love it! I didn’t listen to any of the songs after seeing that people said it was a poor selection but after hearing this it might be my new favourite
So much countries this year are switching from English to the national languages: There are Cyprus, Iceland, Lithuania, Moldova, the Netherlands , San Marino and Slovenia.
Thanks to all the participants !
I agree, It’s so fun seeing artists so comfortable in the music that they don’t need to show the meaning. But Ireland isn’t doing that, If you exclude jesc they haven’t sung in Irish since the 60’s, Sure wish they would do something contemporary in irish.
A good chance to learn some Icelandic words.
Beautiful song from Iceland. So nice to play on repeat . I have a question, will they keep it in Icelandic? , this years Icelandic national final album with all the songs are in Icelandic, English version and Instrumental version This winning song has no English version as far as I know. I hope they keep to singing in Icelandic , because it is so classy! Well done Iceland. Genre of the song has a hint and touch of Common Linnets.
You are absolutely right: There´s no english version for the icelandic entry.
If they wanted to switch to english they would have done it yesterday like it’s Iceland tradition in their NF.
Big fan of Nordic folk and mysticism, and musically wise, this is where Iceland’s strengths lie in terms of musicality. Even outside of Eurovision.
I really like this and I really think Iceland can get top 10 this year, this will stand out for many reasons. It’s in Icelandic, such a stand out language, it’s more low key than some of the other countries this year and if place between uptempo songs this will stand out even more.
Well done Iceland
Good job, Iceland! I felt this year’s selection is poor but in the end the best of available songs won and I am happy with it. It carries a certain emotional load and the down tempo kind of mystic performance does a good job. That song was the one I picked after hearing all the songs for the first time. Dunno if it will qualify or not. Perhaps. Good luck Iceland!
What a contrast program this year. The song and the band are as fascinating as watching the cheese mature in the dark cheese cellar.
The best song won! Well deserved ladies.
Good luck Iceland!!
I thought Klara or Daughters of Reykjavik were a better choice for the contest but I’m happy with them. Klara had an amazing staging even if the song was a little bit underwhelming and Daughter of Reykjavik was such a terrible mess but I just like it how bad and funny this was. The song is a very sweat country vibe and the singers are adorable. It will be very difficult to qualify and it is dissapointing seeing what they gave us the past 3 years but they’re going with something cute and good and at least Icelandic people will… Read more »
It’s like 2011 again! No clear winner
Of Eurovision or Icelandic heat?
Milk and honey for my ears and soul. Great pick, Iceland!
It has a ‘Calm after the Storm’ feel to it which should make it go far.
Disappointing to see Iceland such an underwhelming entry after the success of both Hatari and Dadi. I think it won’t qualify given the fact it is in the tougher semi this year.
Wiwibloggs still has yet to write an article regarding Malta changing their Eurovision song.
I’m curious with all the reactions that would be coming on such article…
Wait what? What is happening?
I saw Emma Muscat’s Instagram. Seems like Malta is changing their song for Eurovision.
Please, stop the fake drama! She releases her new single on 14th March. And that’s the only thing we know for a fact. The rest is just a random speculation in the comment section…
But it’s not fake drama. Someone asked her on Instagram will she compete at Eurovision with some other song and her facial expression was revealing. Also, why would she reveal the new song now if it won’t be Eurovision-related?
Is this true? I can understand why. With Azerbaijan and Armenia dragging their heals on song choice/release they still have time.
This is nice and cute but boring at the same time
This will do exactly like Latvia 2019, or worse. This might seem like quality, but this does absolutely nothing to me and then I wonder is the song that doesn’t trigger any emotion in you really quality…
Good if you’re insomniac…
Switzerland has a better remedy.
Nah….that goes to Lithuania. That song is musical Rohypnol.
I quite like it, in my personal top 10 btw, good surprise !
This lost me somewhere in the middle and I turned it off, and I suppose thats where they will lose the interest of the ESC viewers too.
Very wise choice Iceland
I haven’t been following Songvakeppnin this year because I’m currently moving home so I’ve missed many national finals, but as a fan of the Icelandic language, I always tend to love the Icelandic entries. Upon first listen of this years winning track, I’m a little on the fence. Although it’s a beautiful song that’s sung well, I’m afraid it’ll get lost in the sea of MOR that already exists and which the song is about to enter in to. When I heard the song, I was immediately transported to the 70’s, getting vibes of the Carpenters, and that works for… Read more »
It should be meh for my tastes, but actually I loved it.
And the girls are so likeble!
Nice. Good harmony, sweet music. But… totally static. The three minutes felt long, which is not a good sign. But it’s great to see Iceland continue in its recent trend of going in a completely different musical direction to the rest of Europe.
So happy with this result! A mesmerizing song that gives me a 60’s folkvibe, and I simply love it! My #3 behind San Marino and Finland. A very strong year this year. Of the 37 songs we have so far it’s only 3 that I don’t like at all. But one thing that never fails: When the majority of fans says it’s a bad year I feel the opposite. And when the majority says it’s a good year I’m grumbling about a bad year …
Never in a million years would I have guessed that this song would be tonight’s winner. BUT… I have to admit that it is beautifully sung by the three sisters, and it does stand out in terms of originality compared to the other performances tonight. There is a very distinctive Icelandic feel to this song (almost folksy), and it’s not just because they are singing in their mother tongue. I really think that if this has any chance of qualifying, they will have to rethink their staging, and more importantly their outfits (eek – looks like they raided my Amma’s… Read more »
Such a great choice for Iceland! I think this could give Iceland a very good result in May, both the juries and the public will love this. Please keep it in Icelandic!
I think if they sung it in Icelandic in the final then they will keep it in Icelandic for the contest.
“Með hækkandi sól” music video when? Various locations across Iceland? PLEASE?
I love the guitar riffs! The instrumentation in general is pretty good. It creates a mystical atmosphere that I really like. The vocals are hypnotizing as well. Overall a well thought out song and performance. I dont know how succesfull this will be at eurovision, I can see people arguing that this is boring and I can understand that even though I have another point of view. Anyway good luck Iceland 🙂
Decent entry, as a song it doesn’t put me up nor down which is kind of the problem, nice wont win eurovision.
Proper music won instead of cheap, fast food music!
Salvador Sobral is in da house!
Well, we always have next year… I guess.
Thank God. Thank you Iceland. Music won.
I don’t really get why it is always “music won” when a standard non eventful song wins against a song for younger audiences.
Because they are pretentious af and know absolutely nothing about music lol. This song just isn’t well written and anyone with functional ears can tell
Because they are pretentious af and know absolutely nothing about music lol. This song has some nice moments but it just isn’t well written and anyone with functional ears can tell. ”Turn This Around” is way more interesting musically
There’s so many stereotypes in your one single comment. Why is a slow folk song automatically “standard non eventful”? Why is an upbeat song “for younger audiences”? I love a good banger just as much as anyone else, but Reykjavíkurdætur was just messy and kinda trash. Iceland has sent much better bangers in past years.
Sometimes when I read comments about pop song contest I feel like I found 2000s industrial forum with 50yo+ Throbbing gristle fans crying because people in 1994 used to listen to Nine Inch Nails.
Had the sisters down as clear winners of this NF ever since I first heard them. 4th entry in a row (including 2020) that I really like, Iceland are on an absolute roll.
This is a great song for chill summer days, great song to put between higher tempo songs, could get a good running.
Good choice, the daughters were too aggressive and scary as hell!
…you do remember Hatari, right? lmao
The point of Hatari was to be scary and aggressive, people liked that.
The daughters just come off that way when they seemed to be trying to hype the audience up and their song is just noise
I’m not really a feminist, but feel these comments are quite sexist, why are they aggressive??? I didn’t get that from them at all, passionate about their song maybe.
One could argue that it was also their point tho. Their lyrics were clearly transgressive and channeled that type of feminism that does want people to feel uncomfortable to make themselves heard after being silent for too long. It’s just incredibly hilarious to me that people could possibly see a group of industrial BDSM rubber singers as less scary than just a bunch of girls dressed up in tinsel avant garde fashion lmao
Am I the only person who hates “just noise” comments? Stop dismissing stuff like that. If you want to hear actual “just noise” google Merzbow. Anything else isn’t “just noise”.
I am very satisfied with the Icelandic choice!
I love the atmosphere of this song, their captivating voices, it’s a bit “wild west” in the land of glaciers and I really like the rhythm and it’s in Icelandic!!
Can Iceland make it to the final? I don’t really know but given that the SF 1 is weaker than the second, I would tend to say that they have their chance in any case I wish them!!
Very happy !
I´m sorry but when the hell do you watch Eurovision and think “Wow, this is a cozy song, I´m going to vote for this”
This song does not belong in Eurovision
Excuse me it’s called the tastes of each! This song has a soul so respect everyone’s tastes !
I did, for ‘Amar Pelos Dois’. I found that quite a cozy song and I voted for it numerous times. And it seems the rest of Europe did too. So that’s not much of an argument really is it?
This is so much better than Reykjaviksdotter, which was giving me cheap eurotrash vibes. Good job Iceland!
At least they were fun
Unfortunately will be a NQ for Iceland this year.
Who knows? This year is weak and the semifinal Iceland is in, is even weaker