It's gonna be an exciting night at the Laugardalsholl Arena as Iceland select its 2016 Eurovision Song Contest entry. Six acts will fight for the honour of representing their country on its 30th year of participation.
The Final of Söngvakeppnin 2016 promises to be the biggest ever contest and a massive television event in Iceland. The country's broadcaster, RUV, is working hard to make this the best show Iceland has yet seen. International guests like Loreen from Sweden and Sandra Kim from Belgium are expected to perform their winning songs from 2012 and 1986. Many Icelandic Eurovision stars will also grace the stage for a medley of their entries from the past 30 years.
As for this year's competition, two songs will be chosen by public televoting and an expert jury (50/50) to go forward to a super-final sing-off. The winning song will then be chosen by the public through televoting only.
Who are the finalists?
Five of the six songs in the final of Söngvakeppnin 2016 switched language and will be performed in English at the show in the following running order:
- Greta Salóme - Hear Them Calling (Greta Salóme Stefánsdóttir)
- Hjörtur Traustason & Erna Hrönn Ólafsdóttir - I Promised You Then (Þórunn Erna Clausen)
- Karlotta Sigurðardóttir - The Eye Of The Storm (Kristinn Sigurpáll Sturluson, Ylva Persson, Linda Persson, Karlotta Sigurðardóttir)
- Þórdís Birna Borgarsdóttir & Guðmundur Snorri Sigurðarson - Ready To Break Free (Júlí Heiðar Halldórsson & Guðmundur Snorri Sigurðarson)
- Elísabet Ormslev - Á ný (Gréta Salóme Stefánsdóttir)
- Alda Dís Arnardóttir - Now (Alma Guðmundsdóttir, James Wong, Alda Dís Arnardóttir)
Which of tonight's six acts would you like to see in Stockholm?
Eurovision History of Iceland
Iceland made its Eurovision Song Contest debut in 1986 in Bergen with the song Gleðibankinn, performed by the trio ICY. Expectations were high in the island but the song, disappointingly, finished 16th out of 20 participants. Nevertheless the contest became hugely popular in Iceland, and has remained so ever since. Iceland's performers Selma and Yohanna have both secured second places in the Eurovision Grand Final, but the national track record in recent years has also been very impressive: Iceland qualified for the Eurovision finals for a remarkable seven consecutive years (2008-2014), before finally missing out on qualification from the Semi-Finals last year in Austria.
National broadcaster RUV promises a fabulous show to celebrate 30 consecutive years of Iceland participation in the Eurovision Song Contest.