Jónsi and Greta Salóme and will represent Iceland at Eurovision 2012 this may with the song “Mundu eftir mér” (Remember me). The duo emerged as the winners of Icelandic national selection “Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsins”, beating off six other participants during a two hour show at the “Harpa” music hall in Reykjavik. They were the favourites of both the televoting public and a professional jury.
Jónsi (Jón Jósep Snæbjörnsson, 34) has already represented Iceland in Eurovision, performing “Heaven” for the country in 2004. He ended up in 19th place with 16 points. He was also a member of the band “Í Svörtum Fötum” who gained large popularity in the country at the beginning of the new milennium, releasing four albums with eachother. Jónsi already tried to represent his country again in 2007, where he competed in the final of “Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsins” with the song “Segðu mér”.
Greta Salóme is a songwriter and Icelandic violinist, who for the first time entered songs this year for the Icelandic preselection herself. She has a Bachelors degree in Violin performance at the Icelandic Art Academy, and currently is working with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. You can read more about her in our exclusive interview with Greta, here.
Below, you can see the full results of the preselection;
01. Heiða and Guðrún Árný – Aldrei sleppir mér
02. Magni Ásgeirsson – Hugarró
03. Rósa Birgítta Ísfeld – Stund med
04. Simbi og Hrútspungarnir – Hey
05. Regína Ósk – Hjartað brennur
06. Blár Opal – Stattu upp – 2nd place
07. Greta Salóme and Jónsi – Mundu eftir mér – 1st place
Stay tuned for an interview with the duo on ESCDaily!
Update (12/02): Today, RÚV has released more detailed results from their national selection.
Last night, 78.943 votes were counted in total for the seven participants. The entry “Stattu upp” was the public’s favourite gaining 19,366 votes whilst “Mundu eftir mér” which won overall gathered 18,649 votes – just over 700 less than the band in first. In third finished “Hugarró” by Magni Ásgeirsson with 16.643 votes.
Jury’s favourite was “Mundu eftir mér”, followed by “Hugarró”; whilst their third favourite (and the televoting winner) was the boyband Blár Opal with “Stattu upp”.