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.

Super-finalists 

  • 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.

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Lazarus
Lazarus
4 months ago

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…

baili Atha gloo
baili Atha gloo
5 months ago

YaaaaaaaAAAAAAyyy:)

Séamus Mór
Séamus Mór
5 months ago

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.

Last edited 5 months ago by Séamus Mór
Júlí
Júlí
5 months ago
Reply to  Séamus Mór

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

tylos
tylos
5 months ago

They’d make a decent slip cordon with that positioning.

Kosey
Kosey
5 months ago
Reply to  tylos

They only need to borrow Jonas from Germany’s jumpers and they are ready to go for Turin!

Ben
Ben
5 months ago

Meh

Im so fab
Im so fab
5 months ago

Reminds of Eurovision in the 00’s. But in a good way??

Alicia
Alicia
5 months ago

This is wonderful. I love it

goodone
goodone
5 months ago

Fantastic!!!!
This song hypnotises me….bringing me the calm I need….
easily my number one….

Last edited 5 months ago by goodone
Stephanie
Stephanie
5 months ago

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.

Efthymios
Efthymios
5 months ago

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.

Last edited 5 months ago by Efthymios
Laimis
Laimis
5 months ago

Quality. Tonight all three selected songs went straight to my top 10. Loving this eurovision season

Laburnum
Laburnum
5 months ago

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

Mr X
Mr X
5 months ago

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 !

Last edited 5 months ago by Mr X
Ukraine stan
Ukraine stan
5 months ago
Reply to  Mr X

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.

Stef
Stef
5 months ago

A good chance to learn some Icelandic words.

MartyMcCu
MartyMcCu
5 months ago

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.

Last edited 5 months ago by MartyMcCu
Mr X
Mr X
5 months ago
Reply to  MartyMcCu

You are absolutely right: There´s no english version for the icelandic entry.

Nicolas
Nicolas
5 months ago
Reply to  MartyMcCu

If they wanted to switch to english they would have done it yesterday like it’s Iceland tradition in their NF.

Darren
Darren
5 months ago

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

AllThingsNordic.eu
5 months ago

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!

Andy
Andy
5 months ago

What a contrast program this year. The song and the band are as fascinating as watching the cheese mature in the dark cheese cellar.

Edu
Edu
5 months ago

The best song won! Well deserved ladies.
Good luck Iceland!!

Whisker
Whisker
5 months ago

Congratulations and celebrations! I love you Iceland!

NARKO
NARKO
5 months ago

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 »

Steven
Steven
5 months ago

It’s like 2011 again! No clear winner

MartyMcCu
MartyMcCu
5 months ago
Reply to  Steven

Of Eurovision or Icelandic heat?

Una
Una
5 months ago

Finland was my first up to date. I hadn’t really expected they would fall on my second place.

Iceland, you are my personal winner of 2022!! The song is so beautiful and good-mood-safety-happiness-joy-love inducing! It’s amazing! WELL DONE Sigga, Beta and Elín!!

And congratulations to Lovísa Elisabet the songwriter as well!!!!

Kudos to Iceland and RÚV for the great job they do and for their respect for their country and culture and people and artists! Could you please win Eurovision??

Last edited 5 months ago by Una
Boum bada boum
Boum bada boum
5 months ago

Milk and honey for my ears and soul. Great pick, Iceland!

Nils
Nils
5 months ago

It has a ‘Calm after the Storm’ feel to it which should make it go far.

ESCFanGA
ESCFanGA
5 months ago

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.

Alvin
Alvin
5 months ago

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…

Alex
Alex
5 months ago
Reply to  Alvin

Wait what? What is happening?

Alvin
Alvin
5 months ago
Reply to  Alex

I saw Emma Muscat’s Instagram. Seems like Malta is changing their song for Eurovision.

Fabio
Fabio
5 months ago
Reply to  Alvin

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…

Sergio
Sergio
5 months ago
Reply to  Fabio

No don’t think so in an Italian article is written that Maltas Head of Delegation mentioned Emma Muscat is representing Malta with a different song…so it could be real

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
5 months ago
Reply to  Fabio

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?

Last edited 5 months ago by Eurovision fan
ANDREW BROWN
ANDREW BROWN
5 months ago
Reply to  Alvin

Is this true? I can understand why. With Azerbaijan and Armenia dragging their heals on song choice/release they still have time.

Rob
Rob
5 months ago

This is nice and cute but boring at the same time

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
5 months ago

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…

Last edited 5 months ago by Eurovision fan
Ffs
Ffs
5 months ago

Good if you’re insomniac…

Nicolas
Nicolas
5 months ago
Reply to  Ffs

Switzerland has a better remedy.

AMAAN STORM
AMAAN STORM
5 months ago
Reply to  Nicolas

Nah….that goes to Lithuania. That song is musical Rohypnol.

Frenchtoast
Frenchtoast
5 months ago

I quite like it, in my personal top 10 btw, good surprise !

Adnama
Adnama
5 months ago

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.

L’oiseau
L’oiseau
5 months ago

Very wise choice Iceland

AMAAN STORM
AMAAN STORM
5 months ago

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 »

Sonam
Sonam
5 months ago

It should be meh for my tastes, but actually I loved it.
And the girls are so likeble!

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
5 months ago

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.

Knut Olav
Knut Olav
5 months ago

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 …

Lesleyjojo
Lesleyjojo
5 months ago

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 »

Oy oy
Oy oy
5 months ago

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!

Sam
Sam
5 months ago
Reply to  Oy oy

I think if they sung it in Icelandic in the final then they will keep it in Icelandic for the contest.

Granny
Granny
5 months ago

Ouch!

beccaboo1212
5 months ago

“Með hækkandi sól” music video when? Various locations across Iceland? PLEASE?

Jo.
Jo.
5 months ago
Reply to  beccaboo1212

not animated?

Torkel
Torkel
5 months ago

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 🙂

DALTH
DALTH
5 months ago

Decent entry, as a song it doesn’t put me up nor down which is kind of the problem, nice wont win eurovision.

Voilà monsieur
Voilà monsieur
5 months ago

Proper music won instead of cheap, fast food music!

ESC Stan
ESC Stan
5 months ago

Salvador Sobral is in da house!

Reykjarvíkurdætur
Reykjarvíkurdætur
5 months ago

Well, we always have next year… I guess.

Nicolas
Nicolas
5 months ago

Thank God. Thank you Iceland. Music won.

Kalla
Kalla
5 months ago
Reply to  Nicolas

I don’t really get why it is always “music won” when a standard non eventful song wins against a song for younger audiences.

m98
m98
5 months ago
Reply to  Kalla

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

Last edited 5 months ago by m98
m98
m98
5 months ago
Reply to  Kalla

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

Last edited 5 months ago by m98
Bella
Bella
5 months ago
Reply to  Kalla

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.

#synthsareawesome
#synthsareawesome
5 months ago
Reply to  Nicolas

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.

Midnight Gold
Midnight Gold
5 months ago

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.

Ukraine stan
Ukraine stan
5 months ago

This is a great song for chill summer days, great song to put between higher tempo songs, could get a good running.

Boreal
Boreal
5 months ago

Good choice, the daughters were too aggressive and scary as hell!

AlexisMateoFan45
AlexisMateoFan45
5 months ago
Reply to  Boreal

…you do remember Hatari, right? lmao

hqckk
hqckk
5 months ago

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

Kalla
Kalla
5 months ago
Reply to  hqckk

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.

AlexisMateoFan45
AlexisMateoFan45
5 months ago
Reply to  hqckk

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

#synthsareawesome
#synthsareawesome
5 months ago
Reply to  hqckk

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”.

Roro31
5 months ago

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 !

Reykjarvíkurdætur
Reykjarvíkurdætur
5 months ago
Reply to  Roro31

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

Roro31
5 months ago

Excuse me it’s called the tastes of each! This song has a soul so respect everyone’s tastes !

AMAAN STORM
AMAAN STORM
5 months ago

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?