Yesterday, the national broadcaster for Iceland revealed the names of the ten artists that will compete in the countries national final. Today, RÚV have revealed the running order that these ten artists will be performing at. They are :
Semi Final 1 (February 9th 2019)
Hatari – Hatrið mun sigra
Hera Björk – Eitt andartak
Kristina Skoubo Bærendsen – Ég á mig sjálf
Þórdís Imsland – Nú og hér
Daníel Óliver – Samt ekki
Semi Final 2 (February 16th 2019)
Elli Grill, Skaði, Glymur – Jeijó, keyrum alla leið
Friðrik Ómar – Hvað ef ég get ekki elskað?
Ívar Daníels – Þú bætir mig
Tara Mobee – Betri án þín
Heiðrún Anna Björnsdóttir – Helgi
Two artists will qualify from each semi final. These performers will then sing live on the grand final on the 2nd March 2019. The broadcaster also reserves the right to put forward a wildcard. Therefore, five songs will compete in the final. This year see's a return to the contest of Friedrik Omar (Euroband 2008), and Hera Bjork (2010 Iceland). Also, in this years line up is the band ' Hatari' (Hate) who have quite a big following.
This year will also see changes to the voting. There will be two semi finals, that will now see both juries, and the public determine which two acts from each semi shall proceed to the final. Previously, it had been left to the public alone.
There will also be changes to the grand final, that will see a larger international panel vote. This will consist of ten members. The Icelandic public will also vote too. The final itself will see two rounds of voting. The first round will see two acts proceed to the 'Super Final'. Here, the artists will sing again, and there will be another vote by to determine who will fly to Tel Aviv. In another change, votes already cast in round one for these two will be added to the 'Super Final' votes, with the winner being decided, by the number of votes that has been cast throughout the entire evening.
Iceland last qualified for a Eurovision grand final back in 2014, and it appears that the national broadcaster is keen on them doing so this year. Of all the Nordic nations, Iceland has not performed as well as others in more recent years, with everyone qualifying at least once since 2014.
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