Iceland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019

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Eurovision Song Contest 2019
Country Iceland
National selection
Selection processSöngvakeppnin 2019
Selection date(s)Semi-finals:
9 February 2019
16 February 2019
Final:
2 March 2019
Selected entrantHatari
Selected song"Hatrið mun sigra"
Selected songwriter(s)Einar Hrafn Stefánsson
Klemens Nikulásson Hannigan
Matthías Tryggvi Haraldsson
Finals performance
Semi-final resultQualified (3rd, 221 points)
Final result10th, 232 points
Iceland in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄2018 2019

Iceland participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 with a song selected through the national final Söngvakeppnin 2019 organised by the Icelandic broadcaster RÚV.

Background[edit]

Prior to the 2019 Contest, Iceland had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest thirty-one times; its first entry competed in 1986.[1] Iceland's best placing in the contest to this point was second, which it achieved on two occasions: in 1999 with the song "All Out of Luck" performed by Selma and in 2009 with the song "Is It True?" performed by Yohanna. Since the introduction of a semi-final to the format of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2004, Iceland has failed to qualify to the final seven times. In 2018, Iceland failed to qualify to the final with the song "Our Choice" performed by Ari Ólafsson.

The Icelandic national broadcaster, Ríkisútvarpið (RÚV), broadcasts the event within Iceland and organises the selection process for the nation's entry. Since 2006, Iceland has used a national final to select their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest, a method that has once again return for the selection of their 2019 participation.

Before Eurovision[edit]

Söngvakeppnin 2019[edit]

Söngvakeppnin 2019 is the fourteenth edition of Söngvakeppnin, the music competition that selects Iceland's entries for the Eurovision Song Contest.

Format[edit]

Ten songs in total will compete in Söngvakeppnin 2019, where the winner will be determined after two semi-finals and a final. The two semi-finals took place at the Háskólabíó conference hall in Reykjavík on 9 and 16 February 2019, with five songs competing in each. The final took place at the Laugardalshöll in Reykjavík on 2 March 2019, where the top two songs from each semi-final competed.[2] In addition to that, the Icelandic national broadcaster will reserve a right to advance a wildcard act to the final out of the remaining non-qualifying acts from both semi-finals.[3]

Competing entries[edit]

RÚV opened a submission period between 20 September 2018 and 22 October 2018 in order for interested parties to submit their entries. The submitted songs were not allowed to exceed three minutes. Songs have to contain lyrics in Icelandic for the performance in the semi-final, and be performed in the language they are intended to be performed at Eurovision in the final of Söngvakeppnin.

Artist Song Composer(s)
Icelandic title English title
Daníel Óliver "Samt ekki" (Not really) "Licky Licky" Daníel Óliver Svensson, Linus Emanuel Josefsson, Peter Henning Göransson von Arbin
Elli Grill, Skaði, Glymur "Jeijó, keyrum alla leið" (Yeah-yo, let's go all the way) N/A Barði Jóhannsson
Friðrik Ómar "Hvað ef ég get ekki elskað?" (What if I can't love?) "What If I Can't Have Love?" Friðrik Ómar Hjörleifsson, Sveinbjörn I. Baldvinsson
Hatari "Hatrið mun sigra" (Hate will prevail) N/A Einar Hrafn Stefánsson, Klemens Nikulásson Hannigan, Matthías Tryggvi Haraldsson
Heiðrún Anna Björnsdóttir "Helgi" (Weekend) "Sunday Boy" Heiðrún Anna Björnsdóttir, Sævar Sigurgeirsson
Hera Björk "Eitt andartak" (One moment) "Moving On" Örlygur Smári, Hera Björk Þórhallsdóttir, Valgeir Magnússon
Ívar Daníels "Þú bætir mig" (You improve me) "Make Me Whole" Stefán Þór Steindórsson, Richard Micallef, Nikos Sofis
Kristina Skoubo Bærendsen "Ég á mig sjálf" (I own myself) "Mama Said" Sveinn Rúnar Sigurðsson, Valgeir Magnússon
Þórdís Imsland "Nú og hér" (Now and here) "What Are You Waiting For?" Svala Björgvinsdóttir, Bjarki Ómarsson, Stefán Hilmarsson
Tara Mobee "Betri án þín" (Better without you) "Fighting for Love" Andri Þór Jónsson, Eyþór Úlfar Þórisson, Tara Mobee

Shows[edit]

Semi-final 1[edit]

The first semi-final took place on 9 February 2019 and five of the competing acts performed. The top two entries decided by a combination of jury and televoting advanced to the final.

Semi-final 1 – 9 February 2019
Draw Artist Song Televote Place Result
1 Hatari "Hatrið mun sigra" 12,069 1 Advanced
2 Þórdís Imsland "Nú og hér" 4,271 4 Eliminated
3 Daníel Óliver "Samt ekki" 2,198 5 Eliminated
4 Kristina Skoubo Bærendsen "Ég á mig sjálf" 4,779 3 Wildcard
5 Hera Björk "Eitt andartak" 8,408 2 Advanced

Semi-final 2[edit]

The second semi-final took place on 16 February 2019 and five of the competing acts performed. The top two entries decided by a combination of jury and televoting advanced to the final.

Semi-final 2 – 16 February 2019
Draw Artist Song Televote Place Result
1 Elli Grill, Skaði, Glymur "Jeijó, keyrum alla leið" 2,572 5 Eliminated
2 Ívar Daníels "Þú bætir mig" 3,519 3 Eliminated
3 Heiðrún Anna Björnsdóttir "Helgi" 2,772 4 Eliminated
4 Tara Mobee "Betri án þín" 3,819 2 Advanced
5 Friðrik Ómar "Hvað ef ég get ekki elskað?" 14,968 1 Advanced

Final[edit]

The final tookplace on 2 March 2019 with the 4 qualifiers from the semi-finals, and a wildcard entry selected by the producers. The top two entries based on a 50/50 combination of the votes from international juries and televoting advanced to the superfinal, where the winner was decided exclusively by televoting.

Final – 2 March 2019
Draw Artist Song Jury Televote Total Place Result
1 Friðrik Ómar "Hvað ef ég get ekki elskað?" 21,061 25,356 46,417 2 Advanced
2 Kristina Skoubo Bærendsen "Mama Said" 20,582 17,391 37,937 3 Eliminated
3 Tara Mobee "Fighting for Love" 16,274 3,170 19,444 5 Eliminated
4 Hera Björk "Moving On" 20,102 9,488 29,590 4 Eliminated
5 Hatari "Hatrið mun sigra" 24,891 47,513 72,404 1 Advanced
Superfinal – 2 March 2019
Draw Artist Song Televote Place
First
Round
Second
Round
Total
1 Friðrik Ómar "Hvað ef ég get ekki elskað?" 46,417 52,134 98,551 2
2 Hatari "Hatrið mun sigra" 72,404 62,088 134,492 1

At Eurovision[edit]

According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the "Big 5" (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) split up the competing countries into six different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot. On 28 January 2019, a special allocation draw was held which placed each country into one of the two semi-finals, as well as which half of the show they would perform in. Iceland was placed into the first semi-final, to be held on 14 May 2019, and was scheduled to perform in the second half of the show.[6]

Once all the competing songs for the 2019 contest had been released, the running order for the semi-finals was decided by the shows' producers rather than through another draw, so that similar songs were not placed next to each other. Iceland was set to perform in position 13, following the entry from Australia and preceding the entry from Estonia.[7]

Semi-final[edit]

Iceland performed thirteenth in the first semi-final, following the entry from Australia and preceding the entry from Estonia. At the end of the show, they were announced as one of the ten countries to qualify for the grand final, the country's first qualification since 2014. Subsequently, at the semi-final winners' press conference, the qualifying contestants all drew to see which half of the final they would compete in. Iceland was drawn to compete in the second half.

Voting[edit]

Voting during the three shows involved each country awarding two sets of points from 1-8, 10 and 12: one from their professional jury and the other from televoting. Each nation's jury consisted of five music industry professionals who are citizens of the country they represent, with their names published before the contest to ensure transparency. This jury judged each entry based on: vocal capacity; the stage performance; the song's composition and originality; and the overall impression by the act. In addition, no member of a national jury was permitted to be related in any way to any of the competing acts in such a way that they cannot vote impartially and independently. The individual rankings of each jury member as well as the nation's televoting results were released during the grand final.[8] While announcing the final result points, flags of Palestine were unveiled by the group.

Points awarded to Iceland[edit]

Points awarded to Iceland (Semi-final 1)
Televote
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point
Jury
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point
Points awarded to Iceland (Final)
Televote
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point
Jury
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

Points awarded by Iceland[edit]

Split voting results[edit]

The following five members comprised the Icelandic jury:[8]

  • Hrafnhildur Halldorsdottir – Chairperson – radio host, singer
  • Oskar Einarsson
  • Maria Olafsdottir – singer, represented Iceland in the 2015 contest
  • Johann Hjorleifsson – drummer
  • Lovisa Arnadottir – communication manager

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Iceland Country Profile". EBU. Retrieved 3 October 2014.
  2. ^ Granger, Anthony. "Iceland: Songvakeppnin 2019 Final To Take Place On March 2nd". Eurovoix.com. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  3. ^ Granger, Anthony. "Iceland: Jury Introduced to Semi-Finals of Söngvakeppnin". Eurovoix.com. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Hatari sigraði með yfirburðum". Morgunblaðið. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Þau eru í dómnefnd Söngvakeppninnar". RÚV. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  6. ^ Jordan, Paul (28 January 2019). "Eurovision 2019: Which country takes part in which Semi-Final?". eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Exclusive: This is the Eurovision 2019 Semi-Final running order!". eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. 2 April 2019. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  8. ^ a b Groot, Evert (30 April 2019). "Exclusive: They are the judges who will vote in Eurovision 2019!". Eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 30 April 2019.

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