Iceland: Read back our liveblog of the Söngvakeppnin final

Tonight the Grand Final of Icelandic national selection Söngvakeppnin takes place in Laugardalshöllin, the national indoor arena. Seven acts will be battling together for the ticket to Kiev to represent Iceland for the 62nd edition of Eurovsion.

The winner of the contest will be determined by two round voting process: Top two out of six finalists will be chosen through 50/50 combination of jury voting and televoting. Later on, the top two artists will battle once again in so called “gold final” where televoting will decide the Icelandic representative for Kiev.

You can watch the show live at 20:45 CET by clicking on THIS link and/ or follow our live commentary with latest updates appearing on top.

Update: The show is now over, but feel free to read back Ani Shahoyan’s live commentary below!

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23:55 End of the show

Söngvakeppnin has come to the end while Svala is performing her song once again- already as the winner. Thank you for following the show together with ESC Daily.

23:50 The winner is Svala!

The host finally announce the winner. Svala is very happy to listen her name as the winner, and Greta awards her the winner’s trophy.

23: 46 The lines are closed

The host announces the end of the voting and right after that we go for a commercial break, after which we will find out if the winner is Svala  and  Daði.

23:39 Måns Zelmerlöw – “Heroes” 

One of the long waited moments for the Icelandic fans has approached. Måns is performing his eurovision winning entry “Heroes”. From The half of the song he switched to “Glorious”. While singing Måns walks from the crowd to green room to join the participants and then goes back to stage again.

23:27 Interval 

Greta Salóme takes the stage again while TV viewers are casting their votes.

23:14 Svala  and  Daði on to perform again

Svala and Daði Freyr Pétursson perform once again for televieweres to make the final decision. The first artist to take the stage is Svala.

23:10 Svala and Daði Freyr Pétursson to “Gold Final”

After the commercial we have the results of the first round voting as the result of which Svala and Daði Freyr Pétursson qualify for the Gold Final, the winner of which represents Iceland in Kiev.

The full results:

22:53 Commercial 

After another recap of the songs we follow a short commercial break, after which Måns Zelmerlöw will also perform his eurovision winning entry “Heroes” .

22:46 Host to speak to Måns Zelmerlöw

They say Måns to be the first time he is Iceland. He speaks about his experience in the country he had so far. Confesses that only two songs stand out tonight for him and adds that he is looking for something that will catch the viewers attention by standing out.  To the host’s question “what has changed in his life after Eurovision” he tells that a lot of his dreams has come true and best thing for him is that he is keeping travelling all the time, he adds that has  been also to Australia and Asia.

22:32 Alexander Rybak 

Alexander is there with his violin too. They both perform a short part of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Afterwards Rybak fulfills the interval act with his eurovision winning entry “Fairytale” .

22:29 OOPS

Greta Salóme  drops her violin accidentally when she was approaching the host- Ragnhildur Steinunn. Luckily the violin is not broken.

22:23 Interval Act  with Måns Zelmerlöw

Måns Zelmerlöw is not only a jury member tonight but also the special guest to fulfill the interval act. The winner of the 2015 Eurovison is performing one of his songs “Wrong Decision”.

22:15 Commercial

The commercial break is followed by the second recap.

22:11 Recap

While following the first recap of the night TV viewers and the jury is making up their decision.

22:05 Green  Room

After having listened to all the finalists we go back to green room again to speak to the rest of the participants.

21:58 Daði Freyr Pétursson – Is this love?

Daði just like Svala avoids any changes coming with two backing vocalists on one side and three more backing musicians in the other side. They are all in green t-shirts and are presenting a pop song with electronic sounds. Daði  himself is also playing keytar. In the  backdrops are displayed the cartoon version of the musicians on stage, which are also featured on their green t-shirts.

21:53 Svala – Paper

The most familiar name of the night -Svala seems to be one of those  completely sticking to her  last staging. She comes alone on stage dressed all in white with high platform shoes delivering her pop song Paper with electronic vibes.

21:48 Rúnar Eff Rúnarsson – Make your way back home

Rúnar’s performance does not change: He is in a different outfit from that of the semeifinal but still very similar and simple outfit.  He brings his pop ballad with slight rock influences about homesickness accompanied by four backing vocalists. The acoustic guitar is  as the most influential instrument. Rúnar  is also the author of his own song.

21:43 Hildur – Bammbaramm

Hildur after being eliminated at semifinals and reaching final only by getting the wildcard, brings some changes into her performance. Hildur appears on stage in a violet sparkly outfit instead of the pink hood and silver shorts. Besides she has sneakers with lights just like Doly Style sneakers of their last year’s Melodifestivalen performance for “Rollercoaster”.  From half of the song her dancers accompany her with the  same outfit like last time, however Hildur has reduced the number of her dancers from three to two. A big part of her visual – the big red heart is present this time as well.  Hildur is the author of her own song. “Bammbaramm” seems like a mid-tempo pop, but they are using very interesting and original instrumentation: there are electronic sounds combined with bells, eccentric percussion, and a xylophone.

21:36 Commercial

Right after the green room and the talk with the artists there is a short commercial break after which Hildur will perform her song.

21:32 Green room 

We are following the green room where the host is talking to the participants that have already performed their songs.

21:27 Aron Brink – Hypnotised

Aron’s performance does not differ much from his semifinal staging. Hypnotised is an up-tempo cheerful pop song with  xylophone sounds in the beginning. At some expense this song can be compared with SaRaha’s Kizunguzungu from Melodifestivalen last year. As mentioned last time, the song for Aron Brink has been written my Michael James Down, who has written many Eurovision preselection songs in recent years, this year also the song for MIHAI in Romania. Aron this time also comes in a white suit with a hood and sneakers and is dancing while performing along with his four dancers and backing vocalists.

21:21 Arnar Jónsson & Rakel Pálsdóttir – Again

The duet with a low-tempo ballad is up next. After the first chorus of the song we can hear percussion. We don’t see the black and white screen at the beginning of the song like we did last time. The other change of the staging from that of the semifinal is Rakel’s dress. Instead of the long dark green dress, she is wearing a similar black dress. Whereas Arnar is dressed in suit again.

21:14 Aron Hannes Emilsson – Tonight

Aron, who was the last to sing in the semifinal, is opening the show tonight. He appears in different outfit from that of the last time. He is wearing black leather trousers, black shirt and a white coat. In backdrops  also we see him in that very outfit. His cap is missing. Aron’s song  is a pop song with lots of electronic sounds and can be compared to Måns Zelmerlöw’s “Fire in the rain”. He delivers the song while  dancing along with his two interpretive dancers.

21:12 Voting rules

The host is reminding the voting rules of tonight as well as adds that among the international jury is sitting also Måns Zelmerlöw from Sweden who won eurovision in 2015.

21:08 Greta Salóme – Hear Them Calling

Greta who represented Iceland last year in Stockholm is opening tonight’s final with her eurovision entry. In Stockholm Greta didn’t make to the final show taking the fourth place with 51 points in the first semifinal.

21:06 Actual Start

We are back from the commercial with the introduction of tonight’s participants.

21:00 Commercial

After a 15 min discussion of hosts talking about Eurovision as well as a little talk with tonight’s participants in the backstage, the actual start of the show is to hit after a short commercial.

20:58 Favorites

Among the six participants of tonight we will listen to Svala, who is the most well known name in the competition. She mostly came to fame after scoring a bit hit in Iceland in 2001, called The Real Me. From 2006 up to now she is also a member of the Icelandic band called Steed Lord along with two brothers Demo and Mega, who is now Svala’s husband. After joining the band Svala has taken a stage name Kali.

20:45 The line-up for tonight’s show is as follows: 

  1. Aron Hannes Emilsson – Tonight
  2. Arnar Jónsson & Rakel Pálsdóttir – Again
  3. Aron Brink – Hypnotised
  4. Hildur – Bammbaramm
  5. Rúnar Eff Rúnarsson – Make your way back home
  6. Svala – Paper
  7. Daði Freyr Pétursson – Is this love?