Photo: RÚV

We were back in Iceland for another week on Saturday for semi-final 2 of Söngvakeppnin 2024.

Five more acts competed for a spot in next week’s grand final. The public chose Eurovision 2010 alum Hera Björk along with Palestinian singer-songwriter Bashar Murad to advance. Meanwhile, Sigga Ózk picked up a wildcard pass to the grand final.

This year’s show has severed its ties as the official selection for Eurovision, but the ultimate winner will get to decide whether they want to represent Iceland in Malmö.

Söngvakeppnin 2024: Semi-final 2 results

The public choose two of tonight’s acts to advance to the grand final. These were:

A jury at broadcaster RÚV then had the right to give a wildcard to one of the six acts who didn’t initially qualify across both semi-finals. This wildcard also went to semi-final 2 act:

Non-qualifiers

What were your thoughts of the show? Do you agree with the results? Shout out in the comments below.

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Poul Riisen
Poul Riisen
1 month ago

I guess Bashar will win the whole thing. If he manages to qualify to the final (not sure at all because the song itself if kind of boring and unexciting), he will get many votes from the juries because you know why…

Good luck Iceland!

Wedding Cake Island
Wedding Cake Island
1 month ago
Reply to  Poul Riisen

Or maybe the juries like the song? Have you considered that Sherlock?

Poul Riisen
Poul Riisen
1 month ago

Oh wow! Is that a possibility, too? I wouldn’t know so thank you now and forever. I am marrying soon, can we also have a wedding cake or is that going to be toxic, too? ;p

Thallo
Thallo
1 month ago

Bashar has an incredible sound, some of his songs are definitely contenders to win Eurovision. This song, however, is bland and boring.

I would’ve loved it if he participated with something a little more impactful, and not just a standard pop song that doesn’t really go anywhere. I think this was a major missed opportunity for both Bashar and Iceland.

Despicable Annie
Despicable Annie
1 month ago

How is Iceland 4th in the odds? There’s barely any qualifiers in this selection!

Poul Riisen
Poul Riisen
1 month ago

Hate to say this, but the Icelandic preselection is perhaps worse than the Danish one. ;o

Despicable Annie
Despicable Annie
1 month ago
Reply to  Poul Riisen

Consistently. The Danish one is a blandfest, but there’s hardly any offensively bad songs. The Icelandic selection is often hard to get through, but at least they often have a couple of outstanding songs making it look good.

Poul Riisen
Poul Riisen
1 month ago

Both countries lost their way with Eurovision, I am confident they will get back soon.

Fizzpunk
Fizzpunk
1 month ago
Reply to  Poul Riisen

thats rude Poul. I like the danish entry.

Poul Riisen
Poul Riisen
1 month ago
Reply to  Fizzpunk

I love Saba and Sand but let’s admit it, the level of the danish final is not consistent with the Danish music industry or Eurovision tradition. They should level up as high as they were before the pandemic.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
1 month ago

Bashar EASILY deserves to win!

Crown the King!

Fizzpunk
Fizzpunk
1 month ago

We must hold our horses and keep with the Princes.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xy84LnL_ghA
Absolutely a great artist.

PP77
PP77
1 month ago

Iceland say if Israel participate in ESC 2024 they will maybe withdraw from contest , and on other side they push so hard Bashar to win national selection (if he is not from Palestina, other singer will represent Iceland in contest this year ).

Euro Fan
Euro Fan
1 month ago
Reply to  PP77

Ireland may also withdraw from the competition if Iceland followed

Poul Riisen
Poul Riisen
1 month ago
Reply to  Euro Fan

No big loss with Ireland ;p

NoMoreEscAddicted
NoMoreEscAddicted
1 month ago

I enjoy Bashar’s song for its own musical merits, the guy is talented for sure but I’m not a fan of the narrative behind him, he doesn’t need that, Eurovision neither. If he’s selected obviously he will get a lot of coverages for sure, but not for the right reasons unfortunately which would be musical reasons only and nothing else in fact. No offense, each country approaches the contest as they want, as they feel, but personally I feel It’s an opportunistic move from Iceland, knowing the situation and using it to stand out in a musical contest, I don’t… Read more »

Retkoceri
Retkoceri
1 month ago

This reads exactly like one of those Israeli comments but trying to be inoffensive

NoMoreEscAddicted
NoMoreEscAddicted
1 month ago
Reply to  Retkoceri

Are u serious!? No, I’m not Israelian and I’m not jew neither, I’m atheist totally if you want to know, I only express my point of view about this particular situation and about Bashar, there’s nothing offensive here, Bashar is not a toy, and nobody should play with the sad situation we all know, that’s all, nothing more, nothing else.
I gave my point of view as a simple eurofan.

NoMoreEscAddicted
NoMoreEscAddicted
1 month ago

And I would say exactly the same thing for Israël if they send a political song about this sad war, NOBODY should play with this situation to get more attention in Eurovision and to try to divise, it’s certainly not the aim of Eurovision, UNITED by music.

3art
3art
1 month ago

Seems like Bashar copied Gunilla’s performance …

Retkoceri
Retkoceri
1 month ago
Reply to  3art

right, Gunilla the inventor of cowboy hats

3art
3art
1 month ago
Reply to  Retkoceri

well the songs are also quite similar if you listen closely tbh

Roy
Roy
1 month ago

Exciting news: in Israel today the Eurovision team came to the studio to work on the song “October Rain” Apparently a new version of the song with different lyrics will be recorded today. It seems that Israel will eventually participate.

Sometimes
Sometimes
1 month ago
Reply to  Roy

So disrespectful to spam this under articles that have nothing to do with it.

Wedding Cake Island
Wedding Cake Island
1 month ago
Reply to  Sometimes

Israelis do it on every thread. Not just this Roy person but many others. Can you imagine living in Israel and having to put with this uncivilized behaviour. No wonder the Pa1est1nians dont want a bar of them.

Vjera Brdar
Vjera Brdar
1 month ago
Reply to  Roy

GET OUT!

Fizzpunk
Fizzpunk
1 month ago
Reply to  Roy

Who cares??

Ari
Ari
1 month ago

Congrats to Hera.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
1 month ago

Wild West to win here and win ESC!!!!!!!! such a great song

Fatima
Fatima
1 month ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

Didn’t you also say that about “No Rules”? For me it’s more likely that something gimmick-free and feelgood is going to cut through the Mayhem and win in May.

NickC
NickC
1 month ago

I think Bashar does not fit in the “bad Palestinians” & “”poor Israelis” narrative. It is why he is receiving so much hate. He is putting a face into over 30k victims, showing Middle Eastern or Arab people are not all extremists; some of them are artistic, they can sing, they can dance, they are creative. They can integrate into mainstream Western society. And this is not what some others planned. And we know Eurovision folks love to march behind the underdog. He will do well. Very well.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
1 month ago
Reply to  NickC

More importantly, he doesn’t actually seem to want to have those political labels associated with him. For Bashar, it’s purely about the music and staging of the song.

Eyal
Eyal
1 month ago

I think the outfit makes him look clumsy. Even though it is an uptempo song, there is too much going on on stage and there should be at least one minute where he just stands and sings.

mio
mio
1 month ago
Reply to  Eyal

I think the staging could be simplified.

Fatima
Fatima
1 month ago
Reply to  Eyal

We can’t see his eyes while his hat is on.

Sven
Sven
1 month ago

Quite a strong semi final. I honestly don’t understand the hype around the song from Bashar. It is a bland mediocre song. And come on…
Using the colors of the Palestinian flag? Why? It took the attention away from the song.
My fav: Maiaa
I am sure Bashar will win. Eurovision is not about music anymore.

mio
mio
1 month ago
Reply to  Sven

I like his song quite a bit (a favorite on my playlist): though contrary to usual, I actually prefer the english language version.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
1 month ago
Reply to  Sven

Where were the colours of the Palestinian flag?

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 month ago

Red, white, green, and black.

Melissa
Melissa
1 month ago

Well, with the Wildcard not going to Blankiflur and instead Sigga, I think it’s officially for Bashar to take. Not upset at all, that performance was slick and the fall at the end totally shocked me.

mio
mio
1 month ago
Reply to  Melissa

I hope he wins. I quite like the song. I also liked Blankiflur’s song and staging (had hoped she would get the wildcard).

Maiyoko
Maiyoko
1 month ago

Go Tiffany

Jessica Folcker
Jessica Folcker
1 month ago

Reykjavík hold ’em.

1984
1984
1 month ago

The West is wild, the East is civilized. Also, the 7th of Oct. never happened.

Sometimes
Sometimes
1 month ago

I enjoy Bashar song, but i find the performance a bit woody at times(maybe cause of the outfit?), but
its nothing that cant be fixed. But please please keep the song in Icelandic, it’s much better than the english version.

Fatima
Fatima
1 month ago
Reply to  Sometimes

I’m surprised that Icelandic televoters selected a singer who himself admitted that singing in Icelandic was a challenge.

Melissa
Melissa
1 month ago
Reply to  Fatima

Difficult, but he did it and even got praised for how well he did it. I think most people who watch the show can see that and find that endearing their language is being appreciated by people from outside to the point they want to participate in it.

Wedding Cake Island
Wedding Cake Island
1 month ago
Reply to  Fatima

Naturally it would be a challenge as Icelandic is not his mother tongue. Perhaps the voters appreciated Bashar singing in their native language.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago

Thank you Iceland and RÚV, I think that was the correct result tonight. I look forward to the final.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago

The song itself is not political, but judging just from the picture here, it almost looks like the red tassles represent dripping blood. Or maybe that is just my overactive imagination?

Zisk
Zisk
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

That was exactly what I thought when I saw it too

ga89
ga89
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

I guess if Eurovision can handle “October rain” it can handle some red colour representing (potentially) blood?

Melissa
Melissa
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

I feel like that might be part of the intention, or somethiung to do with veins since the heart reveal happens later.

But I also think they wanted to inclue red in his suit along with the white, because along with the dancers you also have black and green (flags and their costumes) to have the full Palestinian flags colors present without directly showing the flag.

mio
mio
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

I like his song, but do see lots of symbology throughout the performance (still thinking about it).

Benjamin K
1 month ago

“Wild West” is 1000x more political than “October Rain”. I am not even talking about who is right Israel or Palestine. Just to be objective, you can’t qualify the israelian song as politcal if you don’t do the same with the icelandic one. If Iceland plays the pity card by sending a Palestinian with a song 100% about the conflict while politic is not allowed in the contest, it is clearly unfair and it will ruin everything. no one is going to agree obviously, if you do not agree it is because you do not know the difference between supporting… Read more »

Sh1ft_key
Sh1ft_key
1 month ago
Reply to  Benjamin K

How is Wild West political? Tell us please.

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
1 month ago
Reply to  Benjamin K

Wild West is not about war lol

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Benjamin K

The song is not remotely about the conflict, not even a tiny bit. You’re just projecting that upon it because it is how you define Palestinians.

Sometimes
Sometimes
1 month ago
Reply to  Benjamin K

Seeing this song as political is such a reach. There’s nothing about war in this.
Don’t let hatred blind you.

mio
mio
1 month ago
Reply to  Benjamin K

Is it the song or the staging that you find political?

Skirmy
Skirmy
1 month ago

Bashar is winning the whole thing!

Maiyoko
Maiyoko
1 month ago
Reply to  Skirmy

Yeah, no matter they hate it, his song will win the whole thing, see yall in Iceland 2025

Roy
Roy
1 month ago

Basher is an Israeli citizen, a graduate of the Rimon music school who defines himself as Palestinian. Maybe he should be disqualified from participating in the competition on the grounds that it is too political?

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
1 month ago
Reply to  Roy

Only if we disqualify Talli because she’s also part Israeli.

Sometimes
Sometimes
1 month ago
Reply to  Roy

Israeli commenter here hating on Palestian singer, how shocking.

Rory
Rory
1 month ago
Reply to  Roy

So simply participating as a Palestinian is somehow “political” ? Yet you will claim that October rain is not. Your Islamophobia is showing.

Yuarith
Yuarith
1 month ago
Reply to  Rory

It was about time someone pulled the “islamophobia” card on this thread

Rory
Rory
1 month ago
Reply to  Yuarith

If you’re only reason for thinking someone performing is “political” is because of their identity as a P alestinian muslim than yes I think it’s pretty clear that you are Islamophobic. After all any criticism of Israel is automatically antisemitic right?

Héctor
Héctor
1 month ago

They have chosen my least liked songs in each SF. Even the jury wildcard was my least liked act from the non-qualifiers bunch.

At this point, I don’t really care about Iceland. if they want to choose one of the blandest song in contest because of politics, then so be it. It would be so irritating if it ends up winning in May, though.

Sh1ft_key
Sh1ft_key
1 month ago
Reply to  Héctor

You clearly haven’t seen the performance. It was outstanding.

mio
mio
1 month ago
Reply to  Héctor

what was your favorite?

Leo M
Leo M
1 month ago

Bashar has a good song but performance was quite bland, not sure who’s going to win this

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
1 month ago

Very strong semi. Very suprised Sigga was the wildcard and not a direct qualifier! Bashar is taking this! Excellent staging that puts ‘Hope’ from 2022 to shame!

Malmklang
Malmklang
1 month ago

I feel sorry for, Maiaa. I really like that song…

Carl pearson
Carl pearson
1 month ago

If he wasn’t a palestinian he wouldn’t have made it, if that isn’t a political jester I don’t know what is!

Wedding Cake Island
Wedding Cake Island
1 month ago
Reply to  Carl pearson

An obscenely racist remark!

Historian
Historian
1 month ago

I trust Icelanders to be educated enough to vote for a song to be selected for a song contest.

Jacob
Jacob
1 month ago

I can’t believe Sigga needed a wildcard

snowflake
snowflake
1 month ago

what is this? everyone hated the song before the performance, now everyone wants it to win, what is happening?

zoliszekely
zoliszekely
1 month ago
Reply to  snowflake

I don’t want it 😀

snowflake
snowflake
1 month ago
Reply to  zoliszekely

ngl, im kinda glad i can finally stop pretending to hate the song

nope
nope
1 month ago
Reply to  snowflake

Has it ever occurred to you that the people who hate the song and the people who want it to win are not the same people?

snowflake
snowflake
1 month ago
Reply to  nope

but the comments that said that it should win were heavily downvoted, now they have a lot of upvotes

Yassoura
Yassoura
1 month ago

Bashar to the final! The choreography, the lyrics and his freaking performance in icelandic is just staggering. It‘s a once in a life time chance to bring such a talent to the finals.

Fact
Fact
1 month ago
Reply to  Yassoura

Song is mediocre, performance is mediocre. At least 3 better options in the final.

Sherlock
Sherlock
1 month ago

Yeah… TV turned up for the replays and still: Sigga/Maiaa (with a little work on the opening vocal and some more base)/Hera

Didn’t bind with Bashar, and Heiðrún Anna was too flat/linear.

Anywho… Enjoy your weekends all. Thanks for the company.

#bekind

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
1 month ago

I think Sigga and Bashar should go through, and the jury will give Hera the wild card ticket.

Fatima
Fatima
1 month ago
Reply to  Elizabeth

Nearly agree, I think it will be Sigga Hera … Bashar

Sherlock
Sherlock
1 month ago
Reply to  Fatima

BOOM!!! 🙂

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
1 month ago
Reply to  Elizabeth

Well i had the right 3 but had the wrong one as the wildcard lol

Angela
Angela
1 month ago

You mean one qualifier???
Because Bashar has already won the Iceland Final….

They can’t ”hide” their lust!

Yassoura
Yassoura
1 month ago
Reply to  Angela

Cudos

Sherlock
Sherlock
1 month ago

Look at those kids in the audience . I love these smaller shows… You get a sense of the ‘local’.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago

It’s actually going to be difficult to pick two qualifiers tonight. There could be an upset here.
N.B. Bashar just spoke briefly (but openly) about “the situation.” That’ll be picked up on.

Yassoura
Yassoura
1 month ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

I think there is a lot to be said about the „situation“ and he mastered it, calm, steady and confident

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
1 month ago
Reply to  Yassoura

But if any Israeli would have spoken about it in Eurovision, people would say it’s propaganda.
The hypocrisy is celebrating

Sh1ft_key
Sh1ft_key
1 month ago
Reply to  Roy Moreno

Well it’s not Palestine who sl4ughtered 15 000 children.

Rory
Rory
1 month ago
Reply to  Roy Moreno

Well yes people typically have more sympathy for victims than perpetrators

Sherlock
Sherlock
1 month ago

I do love a retro ESC type Songz and skng 5 (Hera) served that.

For my ear – based as always only on tonight (I don’t pre-listen): Sigga/Maiaa/Hera.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago

Hera Björk (“Við förum hærra”) – Yasss!! Hera you still have it! This song is even better in English, so I really hope this qualifies. I love this bop!

Kosey
Kosey
1 month ago

Hera Bjork brings the feels as well. I think Iceland is joining Finland as a place I want to live. They all seem so happy!

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
1 month ago

Bashar spoke in English during his introduction. But he spoke rather well. There was NO mention of the ‘P’ word or of the current political situation. Instead, he spoke about uniting people and how his song’s message was about breaking the barriers between countries. It’s truely a message of peace in my view.

Fatima
Fatima
1 month ago

Not sure if it was good idea to compare himself with Celine Dion

Sh1ft_key
Sh1ft_key
1 month ago
Reply to  Fatima

Lol, he didn’t, he just gave an example for a foreign artist representing another country.

Fatima
Fatima
1 month ago
Reply to  Sh1ft_key

That’s what I meant, Sh1ft_key

Sherlock
Sherlock
1 month ago

Song 4: nooooice… The little string instrumental was a nice touch… This could do well. I liked it.

Efthymios
Efthymios
1 month ago

Bashar’s song clearly is the favorite, and rightfully so. In a Songvakeppnin edition where there’s almost zero variety, his entry is the one that stands out the most. I adore the western vibe, it’s catchy and definitely memorable. His performance was fantastic. Honestly, one of my favorites of Eurovision so far. “Wild West” is musically simple but it works beautifully.

Yassoura
Yassoura
1 month ago
Reply to  Efthymios

Did you listen to it in english?

Sh1ft_key
Sh1ft_key
1 month ago

Bashar’s performance was amazing! The choreography is ESC-worthy.

Kosey
Kosey
1 month ago

Fljuga Burt is a lovely track as well.

Iceland is bossing it tonight.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago

4. Maiaa (“Fljúga burt”) – Sounds like it could be a nice song, but there are issues with the vocal balance (sorry). Plus the Icelandic lyrics really “get in the way” of the melodies. This one is at risk, in my opinion.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
1 month ago

WOW! Bashar is winning Söngvakeppnin!

snowflake
snowflake
1 month ago

if you posted this exact same comment on the day that the songs came out, it wouldve been heavily downvoted

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
1 month ago
Reply to  snowflake

I wouldn’t count on the upvote/downvote system here or anything in Wiwibloggs really as a measure to one’s support.
This is a literal bubble of a specific audience

Melissa
Melissa
1 month ago
Reply to  Roy Moreno

Not just a bubble but there’s always been heavy upvote/downvote bot activity and voting bot activity for the polls for like… 6 years now at least, probably longer, that’s just how long I’ve been reading the news here and its always been present.

Sherlock
Sherlock
1 month ago

Song 3: liked the music and dance, not so much the ‘song’… Was a bit ‘steady-state’; never really ‘exploded’.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago

Bashar Murad (“Vestrið villt”) – Ohh, this is fierce. Much better live than I was expecting. I’m a little nervous about what the “message” of the song will be ultimately, but I enjoyed what I heard tonight. It’s a good start.

Kosey
Kosey
1 month ago

Bashar’s song is growing on me, it’s just so different from everything else we’ve got in the competition. He spoke very well in the VT beforehand as well