Sigurjón's Friends will pay him homage in Düsseldorf

Sigurjón's Friends will pay him homage in Düsseldorf
Sigurjón Brink the recently deceased composer of the Icelandic entry. Photo: RUV
Reykjavik, Iceland -

After three semi-finals that produced seven participants, Iceland hosted their national final Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsins tonight and the winners were Sigurjon's Friends with Aftur Heim!!

The seven finalists took the stage in the following order of appearance (winner in bold):

  1. Ef Ég Hefði Vængi - Haraldur Reynisson
  2. Astin Min Eina - Erna Hrönn Ólafsdóttir
  3. Nótt - Yohanna
  4. Eldgos - Matti Matt & Erla Björg Káradóttir
  5. Ég Lofa - Jogvan Hansen
  6. Ég Trúi á Betra Líf - Magni Ásgeirsson
  7. Aftur Heim - Sigurjón's Friends

Paul Oscar, co-host of the night, who represented Iceland at the 1997 Eurovision Song Contest, announced Hera Björk, last year's performer for Iceland in Oslo, as the guest star in the interval act.

Then it was time for the results. Two songs proceeded to the Super-final: The songs of Magni Ásgeirsson and Aftur Heim by Sigurjón's Friends (pictured).

Sadly, as we reported earlier, the singer who was to perform Aftur Heim, Sigurjón Brink, died suddenly just a short while before he was due to compete in the third semi-final. Sigurjón's family decided, on reflection that they would like for the song to remain in the competition, that it should be performed by Sigurjón's Friends: Gunnar Ólason, Vignir Snær Vigfússon, Pálmi Sigurhjartarson, Matthías Matthíasson, Hreimur Örn Heimisson and Benedikt Brynleifsson. And as they were proclaimed the winners they will go on to perform the song Sigurjón wrote in Düsseldorf.

If you weren't able to watch the show, or are willing to watch it again, just do it here in our Web TV player.

Iceland debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1986, finishing second twice since then, in 1999 with Selma and ten years after that, in Moscow with Yohanna's Is It True?.

Iceland will perform in the second half of the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest on Tuesday the 10th of May in Düsseldorf, Germany.

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  • Posted on 8 May 2011 at 04:48
    This is one of the few songs that said, "Vote for me" to me. It sounds great, and I hope that Siguron's friends will consider coming to the USA. It's a great tribute to their friend. Not too many people would do something like that. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 20 April 2011 at 10:29
    I don't understand the "hate" towards this song (or is it the fact that Yohanna's fanboys are pissed and dont give this song even a change?). I got to admit that when I first heard this song I thought it was nothing special, just an avarage songamong others. But then I listened it a few more times and now, time after time it just sounds better and better every time I hear it. It's may not be my favorite song from all but still the best one from the first semifinal. It has probably no chances to win but it's good enough to make it in the final. Good luck Iceland! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 19 April 2011 at 18:25
    Europe, don't be mean. A man died, he was a father, husband and a son and this is a great way for his famly and friends to honor him and his memory. Plus Jóhanna was a little brat in the competition in Iceland and she did not do a great job of hiding how angry and dissapointed she was when she didn't win on TV.

    ...and if you haven't heard, Iceland is flat broke, we have no money so we can't afford to win anyway, but why is showing a little sympathy so bad?

    Anyways, looking forward to seeing this years competition!

    Good luck! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 1 April 2011 at 21:50
    good band, great song. (I especially like the trumpet and the "big guy".)

    Good luck Iceland! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 28 March 2011 at 14:55
    As some have said before the song is actually great when you listen to it 2,3,4 times. In my opinion it's even better in english. My first choice was with no doubt "Nott", Yohanna is incredible, but after all that unfortunately happened, I think that this tribute is beautiful and it has my support :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 27 March 2011 at 22:55
    I have chnaged my mind about this... its actually quite a pleasant little song.... but it took a few listens - it's not instant and i think that may hold them back from getting to the finals. Love the mini makeovers they have all had - they look quite different in the video from the picture above in this article, they look so cute....except that chunky bloke who looks like Ciara from Malta....

    Fingers crossed for Iceland... report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18 March 2011 at 22:03
    This is my favourite song this year at Eurovision. PLEASE KEEP IT IN ICELANDIC! It sounds so much better! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 14 March 2011 at 00:54
    Actually,I like it :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 13 March 2011 at 20:03
    A unique song from one our nordic friends in Iceland, however I find it unlikely they will do very good in the competition. But it's a feel-good-song that maybe can surprise anyway. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 13 March 2011 at 02:46
    Oh dear, Iceland usually send it really good entries e.g Silvia, Euroband, Hera... i know it's very sweet and for a good cause but that won't help a bad song win.

    Actually Serbia did a few years ago so who knows!?

    Good luck Iceland! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 26 February 2011 at 23:10
    I first didn't like it at all, i wanted Yohanna to go but then after hearing this song sometimes isn't bad at all so I hope all the best and we will make to finals, i hope cause i have hear that many likes it. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 26 February 2011 at 12:23
    ✦Good luck !!✦
    Azerbaijan-NIGAR and ELDAR !! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 23 February 2011 at 11:28
    I personally didn't like the song at all. It's one of those songs that most of the Eastern Europe won't like. It sounds too much Danish, and I don't remember when the last time Denmark did something significant in Eurosong contest.
    To most of people who don't know what Danish music sounds like, this will sound like Austrian folk ballade, with people in hosentraegers.
    In my opinion Johanna's songs was so much better, not to mention she sings amazingly. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 20 February 2011 at 22:21
    i still like this song very much. one of best i've listen of national contests. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 19 February 2011 at 00:02
    The song, especially the horns, give me a strong alpine vibe, and I'm not sure whether that's absolutely good. All the best Iceland, I still hope you make it to the final! report to the moderator