Iceland: Composers revealed in Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsins 2012

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Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsins 2012 will begin on January 14th in Iceland.

The Icelandic broadcaster RÚV has announced that a total of 164 songs were sent in for the national final and that an appointedpanel of judges has selected a total of 15 songs to compete in Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsins 2012.

The composers are :

Axel Árnason and Ingólfur Þórarinsson
Árni Hjartarson
Ellert H. Jóhannsson
Gestur Guðnason
Greta Salome Stefánsdóttir (two songs)
Herbert Guðmundsson and Svanur Herbertsson
Hilmar Hlíðberg Gunnarsson
Magnús Hávarðarson
María Björk Sverrisdóttir with Fredrik Randquist and Marcus Frenell
Pétur Arnar Kristinsson
Sveinn Rúnar Sigurðsson (three songs)
Valgeir Skagfjörð.

Sixteen composers will compete in this years Söngvakeppni.

Like we reported yesterday, five songs will compete live in each semifinal at RÚV’s studio on; the 14th, 21st and 28th of January. The people in Iceland and a panel of judges will choose which songs make it to the final and there will be a 50/50 combination of both telephone vote and the votes of juries.

The final takes place on February 11th, with the winning song going on to represent Iceland in the Eurovision Song Contest in Baku 2012.

Each song will be premiered on Rás 2 (radio station) before the live shows.

Check out some songs written by some of this year’s competing composers:

Herbert Guðmundsson and his son, Svanur Herbertsson: here

Maria Bjork, the writer behind Yohanna’s Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsins entry ‘Nott’ this year: here

Sveinn Rúnar Sveinsson composer of two Eurovision entries; Jónsi – Heaven in 2004 and Eiríkur Hauksson – Valentine Lost, in 2007: Heaven and Valentine Lost.