Sigurjón's Friends will pay him homage in Düsseldorf
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):
- Ef Ég Hefði Vængi - Haraldur Reynisson
- Astin Min Eina - Erna Hrönn Ólafsdóttir
- Nótt - Yohanna
- Eldgos - Matti Matt & Erla Björg Káradóttir
- Ég Lofa - Jogvan Hansen
- Ég Trúi á Betra Líf - Magni Ásgeirsson
- 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.
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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.