Live: Iceland Söngvakeppnin 2014 Final

The final of Söngvakeppnin 2014 is upon us and tonight we will see Iceland select their entry for Eurovision 2014 in Copenhagen in May. Ragnhildur Steinunn Jónsdóttir and Guðrún Dís Emilsdóttir will again be our hosts for the evening and tonight the show will be coming live from the Háskólabíó theatre in Reykjavík. Tonight’s winner will also recieve 1,000,000 Icelandic króna as well as the right to represent Iceland in Eurovision 2014.

Over the past two weeks, two finalists from each semi final plus two wildcards have been decided and tonight one of these artists will be crowned the winner of Söngvakeppnin 2014 and follow in the footsteps of Eythor Igni. The line up:

1 – F.U.N.K. – Þangað til ég dey (Until I die)
2 – Ásdís María Viðarsdóttir – Amor
3 – Sigríður Eyrún Friðriksdóttir – Lífið kviknar á ný (Life ignites again)
4 – Gissur Páll Gissurarson – Von (Hope)
5 – Greta Mjöll Samúelsdóttir – Eftir eitt lag (After one song)
6 – Pollapönk – Enga fordóma (No prejudices)

You can watch tonight’s national final via the RUV website with all the action kicking off at 20:45 CET. Don’t forget to check back here at then also where we will be liveblogging the event and will have all of the results.

Our show begins with a quick comical tour of Copenhagen, this year’s Eurovision host city, with a few funny interviews and a tour of DR studios and now we’re introducing the finalists and finally, our hosts! The hall looks fantastic with a crowd of 1000, a quick greeting from our hosts and it’s on with the show!

First up tonight it’s F.U.N.K with Þangað til ég dey (Until I die) and this is just adorable, a quick VT has an interview with the lead singer and his mum! With an red backdrop, this is a very groovy song, the band are all dressed in matching burgundy blazers and bow ties, with the singer in a black and white blazer. They are young and cool and very funky, there is even a fantastic synth solo during the song, giving the whole performance an almost 70s feel, the boys are very well recieved! A fantastic opening performance!

Next up is Ásdís María Viðarsdóttir with Amor and her VT shows some old videos of her performing when she was a child! She’s a real hipster this girl, there’s a great vibe around her, it’s very Florence and the Machine. One of the wildcards, this is a dark song with a lot of edge, again she stands alone on a dark stage, dressed in a long black tasseled dress with a silver headpiece and trademark warrior face paint. She gives a very strong performance, very indie and dark, towards the end there is a build up and some strobe lighting and a wind machine, this is a very good song.

Another wildcard next, Sigríður Eyrún Friðriksdóttir with Lífið kviknar á ný (Life ignites again). A golden shimmering backdrop for this performance, she is joined on stage by two backing singers and two 1920’s inspired cabaret dancers. It’s quite a catchy song, very 1920’s inspired, her vocals are good but there seems to be an awful lot going on here, there isn’t really anything that is particularly notable about the song or performance which will stand her in a good steed when it comes to the voting, she has very strong competition.

The fourth finalist is Gissur Páll Gissurarson with the song Von(Hope). The VT has an interview with Gissur and his mother and a look at some of his rehearsals. This time with a pink and yellow backdrop, he is joined on stage by his guitarist and pianist once more. All dressed in sharp suits, it is a romantic, operatic song delivered with such powerful vocals, this is a strong performance and he really delivers. The band look to be really enjoying the performance and he is very well liked in the hall, this is a favourite to do well, watch this space!

Greta Mjöll Samúelsdóttir is up next with the incredibly catchy Eftir eitt lag (After one song). Her VT is comical and features a short interview with Greta and her parents, she seems like such a sweetheart! With an orange backdrop, the ukulele is back! As is her all female band, this is a very cute little song which she sings very well, the crowd are clapping along and she is really enjoying herself on stage, it’s smiles all round here. A very bright and cheery song which goes down a storm with the audience!

The final act on stage is Pollapönk with Enga fordóma (No prejudices). A dark flashy backdrop, the colourful tracksuits are back! There is a lot of energy from these guys, it’s punky, rock-inspired and just a little bit silly, it all seems to be great fun! The funky synchronized dance solo is just fantastic! Plenty of clapping and chanting coming from the audience, the style of this could almost be described as feel good rock music, perhaps a little bit outdated, but they really bring the energy and give a great performance!

We’re backstage in the greenroom! Time for a couple of interviews and some small segments whilst the voting takes place, Including an interview with the Olsen Brothers who won Eurovision in 2000 for Denmark! Segments on Euroband and Eythor Igni really give a feel of how much Eurovision is loved in Iceland, they really do love their Eurovision artists.

Tonight’s top two, decided by 50% televoting and 50% jury are Pollapönk and Sigríður Eyrún Friðriksdóttir! A second round of televoting will decide which of these two artists will win the right to represent Iceland at Eurovision 2014!

A second performance from Sigríður Eyrún Friðriksdóttir with Lífið kviknar á ný (Life ignites again) and this time she’s singing in English. The English version is much better, it’s very shiny and showy. She’s giving a much better performance, although I’ll admit, as one of the wildcards, I’m surprised to see her in the top two! She could potentially win this!

Another performance from Pollapönk with Enga fordóma (No prejudices) to balance it out and it’s a good song they have here, a bit different, fun and silly, it could work at Eurovision. Musically, I think it’s a little bit dated, it reminds me of early 2000s American teen rock music and I don’t know if that will fly so well. There is also an element of funk to this song, they stand out so I can’t say I’m surprised that they’ve made it to the final two tonight, can these guys steal the win?

The lines are open to decide the winner for a further few minutes whilst we take a quick look back at the history of Songvakeppnin in Iceland before revealing the winner. Lines are closed, it’s time for the result!

And the winner is: POLLAPONK

So it is Enga fordóma (No prejudices) by Pollapönk that will fly the Icelandic flag in Copenhagen in May, thank you for joining us tonight for the liveblog, we want to hear your comments? Do you think that Iceland made the right choice tonight? How do you think they will get on in Copenhagen? All of your comments are always welcome.