Söngvakeppnin, the highly anticipated song competition held annually in Iceland, is set to grace Saturday-night television once again. The 2024 edition will feature two semi-finals on February 17 and 24, leading up to the grand final on March 2.

But before the Icelandic people cast their votes, our readers have been casting their own. We asked you to name your favourites in our poll, and you responded with 1,597 votes.

After verifying the results, it’s time to reveal all…

Bashar Murad is a favourite to win Söngvakeppnin 2024

According to our poll, you have chosen Bashar Murad as the preferred act to take the trophy. His song “Vestrið villt” / “Wild West,” for which he personally penned the lyrics, clearly holds a special appeal for many.

The Palestinian singer-songwriter picked up 370 votes in the poll — 23.17% of the total share.

Securing a commendable second position is Hera Björk with her song “Við förum hærra” / “Scared of Heights.” The Eurovision 2010 star accumulated 291 votes, equivalent to 18.22% of the total share.

Following closely in the third spot is ANITA with the song “Stingum af” / “Downfall. The captivating song garnered 233 votes, constituting 14.59% of the overall votes.

Full results: Who should win Söngvakeppnin 2024?

  1. Bashar Murad – “Vestrið villt” / “Wild West” | 23.17%, 370 votes
  2. Hera Björk – “Við förum hærra” / “Scared of Heights” | 18.22%, 291 votes
  3. ANITA – “Stingum af” / “Downfall” | 14.59%, 233 votes
  4. Sigga Ózk – “Um allan alheiminn” / “Into the Atmosphere” | 10.02%, 160 votes
  5. Blankiflúr – “Sjá þig” / “Love You” | 8.33%, 133 votes
  6. VÆB – “Bíómynd” / “Movie Scene” | 8.14%, 130 votes
  7. CeaseTone – “Ró” / “Flow” | 6.39%, 102 votes
  8. MAIAA – “Fljúga burt” | 5.07%, 81 votes
  9. Heiðrún Anna – “Þjakaður af ást” | 3.19%, 51 votes
  10. Sunny – “Fiðrildi” | 2.88%, 46 votes

Total Votes: 1,597

What do you think? Do you believe that Bashar Murad deserves to emerge victorious in Söngvakeppnin 2024? Let us know in the comments below!

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snowflake
snowflake
2 months ago

its a nice song, definitely not the best, but its nice
idk why people are focusing so much on the singers nationality, it makes no sense

snowflake
snowflake
2 months ago
Reply to  snowflake

oop i didnt realize i posted this comment before lol

Angelina
Angelina
1 month ago
Reply to  snowflake

He is the one who always brings up his background.
The red-green photo is political. Has nothing to do with Iceland or the song.
The Palestinian flag and people were only invented in 1964.

The song is so so, nothing special.

Joe
Joe
2 months ago

I’ve listened to both versions of Bashar’s song, and whilst I think the English version is the stronger of the two, and I don’t think the song itself is bad, it just doesn’t stand out. I personally would send Sigga Ozk if it were down to me.

Archie
Archie
2 months ago

It would be very cheap on Iceland’s part to choose a Palestinian to represent them, especially this year & with all that’s been going on in the Middle East. Can’t you already see all of the pity votes flying not towards Palestine, but towards Iceland? Does Iceland really need to resort to this kind of tactics to have a chance at winning the contest?

Wedding Cake Island
Wedding Cake Island
2 months ago
Reply to  Archie

Luxembourg chose an Israeli. I didn’t hear you complain then.

Gil
Gil
2 months ago

Iceland iy doing it on purpose, in order to spread hate against israel as jews haters, this is the difference…

Olly
Olly
2 months ago

The Luxemburg winner was born in Israel but has lived in Luxemburg since she was a little child. She is Luxemburgish. She was chosen for having the best song; being part-Israei in origin wasn’t relevant or put in the front in any way. Bashar lives in Israel (East Jerusalem) and has zero connection to Iceland; it’s pure gimmick. Funnily enough, actual Palestinians seem to disown him as a representative because he’s gay in a sadly deeply homophobic Arab society.

Angelina
Angelina
1 month ago

She has lived several years in Luxembourg when she was young.
Basher has not any connection to Iceland.

Retkoceri
Retkoceri
2 months ago

I hate every form of nationalism, I hate it when people spam their flags in the comments of every Eurovision instagram post, I hate it when people defend their countries eventhough they are doing things wrong, I hate when people think they are the best

Rall
Rall
2 months ago
Reply to  Retkoceri

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with being proud of ones culture and traditions or wanting your country to do well at Eurovision.

Fatima
Fatima
2 months ago

We could do with a contest in 2024 without references to the terrible things happening in Gaza and Ukraine. I know they are infinitely more important events than a music competition, but we all need a break on Eurovision night. Vote Sigga and yell Go Tiffany.

Retkoceri
Retkoceri
2 months ago
Reply to  Fatima

Ok so that’s why you want to boycott sending an entry from an arab? Why stop there, let’s ban Luxembourg and Israel too

rainer1
rainer1
2 months ago
What Icelandic television does couldn't be more disgusting! Advancing a would-be refugee to profit from a bloody conflict. SHAME ON EVERYONE INVOLVED
Maiyoko
Maiyoko
2 months ago

Iceland 2025 for sure

Gil
Gil
2 months ago
Reply to  Maiyoko

Lol…they dont have 1 song that deserve the final

snowflake
snowflake
2 months ago
Reply to  Gil

anita could easily qualify

Polinia
Polinia
2 months ago

Iceland will be so hypocritical if they send him (which they most likely will). They were all about boycotting but they know sending someone with the pal- facade will grant them pity votes after seeing how Ukraine was praised back in the 2022 contest. Considering Bashar’s musical education was granted in one of Israel’s top music school and lived there I do not buy into this pity party. Again, I urge anyone wanting to vote for him to actually invest their money into actual organisations that will aid those in need in the conflict. Voting politically won’t save any lives,… Read more »

Archie
Archie
2 months ago
Reply to  Polinia

2022 – Ukraine wins because of the war
2023 – Sweden wins because of Waterloo winning 50 years ago. With a cheap song that ressembles 50 other hit songs. And with very shady jury voting that blocks the televote from having a say in the final result.
2024 – Iceland wins by exploiting the Palestine conflict.

Wasn’t this a song contest at some point? Do the songs still matter?

Gil
Gil
2 months ago
Reply to  Archie

Yeah, its just that this conflict doesnt belong to them…they want to ride on the conflict to get votes and spread hate against israel, it cant be lower than this

Angelina
Angelina
1 month ago
Reply to  Gil

Yes, it can be lower than this.
I BET at the gran final there will be at least one pro-pal anti-israel banner, which is against the rules.
Just like the hatari icelanders without light did when israel hosted the eurovision a few years ago.

Jelena
Jelena
2 months ago

Let hope he boycotts if he wins. Otherwise it will be so hypocritical.

Tino
Tino
2 months ago
Reply to  Jelena

I don’t want him to represent Iceland simply because I don’t like his song BUT if he wins the selection I hope he will be there in Malmö. Apparently EBU doesn’t care of broadcasters opinion and will let Israel compete (tbh I don’t care if Israel is there or not) so let a Palestinian artist also be there. And let’s stop pretending Eurovision is not political, it has been since its creation. Iceland is definitely in its right to send a political message as long as they respect the rules of the contest.

Fizzpunk
Fizzpunk
2 months ago
Reply to  Tino

Thank you for sharing Wise Words.
In the world full of loud noises, we miss true words.

Yuarith
Yuarith
2 months ago

Of course RUV has him set to win, but of all the European countries I wouldn’t have expected Iceland to come up with this farce

Gil
Gil
2 months ago
Reply to  Yuarith

Why? Its knows that iceland and ireland are famous for being jews haters…it is very expected

Horteras
Horteras
2 months ago

Not mine!!! 0 points

Chris
Chris
2 months ago

Also Bashar please go with the English version in Eurovision :).

Gil
Gil
2 months ago
Reply to  Chris

Its bad in either languages

Chris
Chris
2 months ago

Go bashar!

Eve
Eve
2 months ago

Not going to watch Söngvakeppnin. It’s already clear that he’ll win. I feel sorry for the rest of artist for being used in that farce.
Shame on you Iceland!

Maiyoko
Maiyoko
2 months ago
Reply to  Eve

I would be so upset if i were one of the Songvakeppnin contestant

Gil
Gil
2 months ago

The ones who curse the jews will be cursed…be carefulll…

Troy
Troy
2 months ago
Reply to  Gil

Just like the turkish parliament guy that got heart attack after he made hate speech for Israel… 🙂

Fizzpunk
Fizzpunk
2 months ago
Reply to  Gil

Avada Kedavra, I speak to destroy
The feelings I have, I cannot avoid
Through twisted tongues, a hex deployed on you
That all the pretties in your bed
Escape your hands and make you sad
And all the things you wish you had, you lose

Ethan1994
Ethan1994
2 months ago

I mean, honestly, I wasn’t big on Bashar’s song the first time I heard it, but it’s grown on me quite a bit.

snowflake
snowflake
2 months ago
Reply to  Ethan1994

for me its the opposite, i loved it when i first heard it, but the more i listened to it, the more boring it started to sound

Troy
Troy
2 months ago

Why he live in Israel and not in G@za? OH.. I know why.. because if he walk in G@za and people will know he is gay… he will be de@d in 1 min…. A lot of LGBT arabs came to Israel after they almost been murdered in G@za..

Troy
Troy
2 months ago
Reply to  Troy

And I like how the LGBT+ like the P@lestinians and H@mas.. it’s like “Chickens support KFC”…

Chris
Chris
2 months ago
Reply to  Troy

Because maybe as Gays we know how is to be treated as a second-category citizen only because you were born different. And the Palestinians are treated the same way in the West ?ank and that’s why we are supporting them.

Tino
Tino
2 months ago
Reply to  Chris

He and his friends will never understand. It’s way easier to spam messages full of hate everywhere and downvote every comment that bothers them.

israeli pov
israeli pov
2 months ago
Reply to  Chris

So according to your logic as a gay man , you will support the ones who want to kill you…not just don’t Give you human rights, to kill you…amazing ?

Tino
Tino
2 months ago
Reply to  Troy

Yeah, because it’s well known that LGBT people want the dead of every people that live in anti LGBT countries… If this is the way you think, it’s time for you to question your values and your place here. I’ve personnally never wanted the death of someone just because we don’t share the same values. In fact, it’s absolutely not a question of sexuality my dear. All of this is a question of humanity. A person with common sense would understand easily that all of this is completely messed up. And once again hoping for people living in Palestine for… Read more »

Chris
Chris
2 months ago
Reply to  Troy

He doesn’t leave in Israel. He lives in East Jerusalem which is under Israeli Occupation, but according to International laws, and the UN is Palestinian Territory.
Educate yourself.

Harry
Harry
2 months ago
Reply to  Chris

So how do you explain the fact that he studied at Rimon Music School, which is located in a city called Ramat Hasharon, which there is no dispute is part of Israel?

Guy
Guy
2 months ago
Reply to  Chris

Yeah right, and it just happened that he learned in the #1 music school in Israel “Rimon’, but that didn’t stop him from crying about apartheid…what a hypocrite

snowflake
snowflake
2 months ago
Reply to  Troy

but why the @s tho

snowflake
snowflake
2 months ago

its a nice song, definitely not the best one but its nice
idk why people are focusing so much on the singers nationality, it makes no sense

Malmklang
Malmklang
2 months ago

My favourite is actually MAIAA, the icelandic version:-)

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
2 months ago

Bashar NEEDS good staging or this will get lost. I’m down for the Gay cowboys idea.

Rationality
Rationality
2 months ago

Arabs would kill for that, quite literally.

Fatima
Fatima
2 months ago

I just heard the lot on Spotify. A tremendous set of songs and performers. There are four or five songs which I feel would make great winners. If I had chose it would be Sigga Ózk singing in Icelandic. It’s already giving me goose pimples. Go Tiffany!

Angelica
Angelica
2 months ago

Judging only the songs, I can say that Bashar’s song isn’t good…It has nothing.
Not that the other songs are spectacular, but at least are lightly better.

Iceland will send Bashar for the reasons you all know. But on the other hand Iceland doesn’t want Israel’s participation…So, why do they do national final this year, after all??

To choose a song, like Bashar, and then ”we boycott Eurovision”.
Or they will change their first opinion and participate in ESC, only to make a big ”statement”?

Aksel Kankaanranta's exhusband
Aksel Kankaanranta's exhusband
2 months ago

It is not a bad song and I find myself enjoying it more and more each day

snowflake
snowflake
2 months ago

yeah, its not bad, but its not for eurovision

Jamie
Jamie
2 months ago

I want to see Iceland being Iceland, not a political messenger with a mid song.

Voilà monsieur
Voilà monsieur
2 months ago

Of course, the politically correct Icelandic public will choose Bashar and not because of his song…

Leo M
Leo M
2 months ago

It is the best song of the bunch. If they send anything else, Iceland are staying in the semis.

snowflake
snowflake
2 months ago
Reply to  Leo M

anita:

RxLou
RxLou
2 months ago

Based on what?

Span
Span
2 months ago

Of course… *eye roll*

Sh1ft_key
Sh1ft_key
2 months ago

Good

John
John
2 months ago

Blankiflúr is my pick but yeah….

AMAAN STORM
AMAAN STORM
2 months ago

The triggering in the comments section is hilarious! And it’s always the same pressed people! LOL.

I’m not massively phased by who wins. Personally I’d love Blankiflur or Hera Björk to win (I LOVE Hera Björk), but if Bashar wins, I’d be happy for him too. His song is way better in English.

jercle
jercle
2 months ago

I think this is an incredibly cynical and calculated move by Iceland to claim their first win, hoping for a 2022-style landslide for Bashar. “Stefania” was a good song, perhaps not a winner in a “regular” year but was an easy top 1o finisher. Bashar’s song isn’t so good, and it would do huge damage to the contest of there was another sympathy winner.

Troy
Troy
2 months ago
Reply to  jercle

What the hell are you talking about?? the juries will kill it, with fire! I think this is even a NQ

jercle
jercle
2 months ago
Reply to  Troy

Your comment makes no sense – how can juries kill a song and make it NQ when they have no say in the semis?

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
2 months ago
Reply to  jercle

Troy has intel that the jury votes will come back this year, of course. /s

Troy
Troy
2 months ago
Reply to  GojoSatoru

I wish tho.. I love the juries

Angelina
Angelina
1 month ago
Reply to  jercle

Sympathy winner? Who would sympathize with a guy who studied at the best music school in Israel but then bashes the country who gave him all the opportunities. And then he represents a country far in the northwest, far from where he lived. Only because that country has a lot of anti-israel sentiment.
Who would sympathize with that?

Kosey
Kosey
2 months ago

Anita and Sigga are my favourites in this competition. I won’t mind Bashar going through, his track sounds a bit different from everything else in the competition – lyrically it feels quite similar to Baby Lasagna’s effort, which I find quite interesting.

Devito
Devito
2 months ago

Politics aside, it’s the best of the bunch.

Yuarith
Yuarith
2 months ago
Reply to  Devito

If you haven’t heard the rest.

snowflake
snowflake
2 months ago
Reply to  Devito

are we listening to the same song?

Dane
Dane
2 months ago

and we all know why. I hate politics

Gil
Gil
2 months ago

His song and voice is garbage, send him iceland, at least you will het some pity votes(like you are the palestinians…lol), your other options are bad as well so i would go for the political pity votes…see you there ter*or supporters…Israel will win the contest in your face, sc@ms

Troy
Troy
2 months ago
Reply to  Gil

True.

Retkoceri
Retkoceri
2 months ago
Reply to  Gil

Israel won’t win

Alessio Gori
2 months ago

Iceland Is mu favorite country at all. But i don’t like Murad’ s Song. Mu favorite Is Blankiflúr.

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
2 months ago

Politics aspect aside, it’s definitely not the best entry, just middle of the road one…
I’m sure Hatari could have come up with something better for him…

Ari
Ari
2 months ago

Hell no.

Alex
Alex
2 months ago

Here before the comment section gets locked in..

Ieva
Ieva
2 months ago

People are sleeping on Blankiflúr.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
2 months ago
Reply to  Ieva

who?

i only listen to Wild West

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
2 months ago

Wild West would be the best icelandic entry EVER EVER EVER

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
2 months ago

I wouldn’t want to compete in this selection. If you win this selection you’ll be casted to the sea with torches and pitchforks if ypu dare to go to eurovision and are not the Nationality that shall not be named.

Polegend Godnova
2 months ago

no one would be hyping up that song if it wasn’t for the artist’s origins come on, it’s a total snooze

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
2 months ago

not a snooze at all, from the amazing hatari team

snowflake
snowflake
2 months ago

why do the artists origins even matter

Angelina
Angelina
1 month ago
Reply to  snowflake

He himself talks about it the whole time.
Even the red-green photo is political.

AnneJulienne
AnneJulienne
2 months ago

Ngl, I really like the English version. It also has a nice subtext. I wish Bashar all the best in the competition.

Troy
Troy
2 months ago

Nice! We need 3 Israelis in this contest! and he is one….

Alex
Alex
2 months ago
Reply to  Troy

Under international law, East Jerusalem (his home city) is part of the West Bank, a Palestinian territory.

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
2 months ago
Reply to  Alex

Still has an Israeli ID, so like, I guess that’s what Troy meant

Retkoceri
Retkoceri
2 months ago
Reply to  Roy Moreno

Many Jews had German citizenship before 1935

Gil
Gil
2 months ago
Reply to  Alex

All of jerusalem belong to the jews, same as it was in the bible and it aint gonna change, who are the”internation laws” that can tell god that jerusalem doesnt belong to the jews? We will all die before giving inch of jerusalem to “palestinians ter*rists” , in their dreams they will get anything from israel, just not gonna happen

Sometimes
Sometimes
2 months ago
Reply to  Gil

typical z.ionist, believing you are “chosen” and more special cause of the religion, you dont’t even see pale.stinian women and children as human, thats why you don’t care if they die

Gil
Gil
2 months ago
Reply to  Sometimes

I dint believe we are chosen its a fact written in the bible…chosen people is not what you think it is…the mission of the jews is to spread the light and wisdom of tge bible to the world, serve as an example…its a duty and nothing else, it doesnt mean that we are better than anyone else…its your narrow and false perception that is the problem

Joey
Joey
2 months ago
Reply to  Gil

“It’s a fact written in the Bible.” Are you even aware of what you’re saying? The words “fact” and “Bible” don’t go together. That’s why there’s so much hatred in the world. You simply cannot fix modern-day problems with a outdated random book.

Tino
Tino
2 months ago
Reply to  Gil

God doesn’t exist. You’re making your life terrible for nothing.

Gil
Gil
2 months ago
Reply to  Tino

Says who? You?

Gil
Gil
2 months ago
Reply to  Alex

And if we talk about international laws, the land you talk anout is not occupied , it is defined as disputed area…just to remind you, there was never palestinian state during history, another fact…