The first semi-final of Söngvakeppnin 2016 just took place at the Háskólabíó venue in Reykjavik, hosted by Ragnhildur Steinunn Jónsdóttir & Guðrún Dís Emilsdóttir. In the show three songs have won their ticket to the final:
- Greta Salóme - Raddirnar
- Karlotta Sigurðardóttir - Óstöðvandi
- Hjörtur Traustason & Erna Hrönn Ólafsdóttir - Hugur minn er
The results were decided by televoting only.
The line-up of semi-final 1
Twelve acts in total compete for the honour to represent Iceland at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest in Sweden. They are divided in two semi-finals and the first six participated in tonight's show (in order of appearance):
- Greta Salóme - Raddirnar (Greta Salóme Stefánsdóttir)
- Hjörtur Traustason & Erna Hrönn Ólafsdóttir - Hugur minn er (Þórunn Erna Clausen)
- Ingólfur Þórarinsson - Fátækur námsmaður (Ingólfur Þórarinsson)
- The Band Eva - Ég sé þig (Sigríður Eir Zophoniasardóttir & Jóhanna Vala Höskuldsdóttir)
- Karlotta Sigurðardóttir - Óstöðvandi (Kristinn Sigurpáll Sturluson, Ylva Persson, Linda Persson & Karlotta Sigurðardóttir)
- Sigga Eyrún - Kreisí (Karl Olgeirsson & Sigríður Eyrún Friðriksdóttir)
The top three songs in the semi-final, chosen by televoting, qualified for the final on the 20th of February. The remaining three songs can still get a wildcard to be announced after next week's semi-final.
Iceland: Söngvakeppnin 2016 first semi-final
- Greta Salóme composed the song Never Forget and performed it with Jónsi in 2012 in Baku.
- Ingólfur Þórarinsson has had the the runner-up song Undir regnbogann in Söngvakeppnin 2009. He also participated in 2010.
- Hjörtur Traustason was the winner in the Icelandic version of The Voice 2015.
- Þórunn Erna Clausen wrote the lyrics for the song Coming Home which Sjonni‘s Friends which represented Iceland in Düsseldorf in 2011.
- Sigga Eyrún performed the runner-up song, written by Karl Orgeirsson, in Söngvakeppnin in 2014.