Eurovision National Finals 2013

Iceland 2013 : Yohanna and Birgitta are back!

The Flag of Iceland, drawn by Ævar Arnfjörð Bj...

The Flag of Iceland, drawn by Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason. Horizontal aspect ratio: 7:1:2:1:14; Vertical aspect ratio: 7:1:2:1:7. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Eurovision sweethearts return to the Icelandic National Final in the hunt to return to Eurovision in 2013. Today RÚV, the Icelandic National Broadcaster, announced the artists that will be performing in the 2 Semi finals of the Icelandic National Selection. As we had predicted Yohanna is one of those artists. However she will not be the only former winner taking part. Birgitta Haukdal will be returning to the stage 10 years after she represented Iceland in Latvia.

(YouTube Video courtesy of 2000ESC2003)

So when will the Semi Final’s take place?

First semi final – Friday 25th January

  • Magni Ásgeirsson – Ekki Líta Undan (Composer: Sveinn Rúnar Sigurðsson Lyrics: Ingibjörg Gunnarsdóttir)
  • Eyþór Ingi Gunnlaugsson – Ég á Líf (Composers & Lyrics : Örlygur Smári and Pétur Örn Guðmundsson)
  • Svavar Knútur Kristinsson and Hreindís Ylva Garðarsdóttir Hólm – Lífið Snýst (Composer: Hallgrímur Óskarsson Lyrics: Hallgrímur Óskarsson and Svavar Knútur Kristinsson)
  • Birgitta Haukdal – Meðal Andanna (Composers: Birgitta Haukdal, Sylvía Haukdal Brynjarsdóttir and Jonas Gladnikoff Lyrics: Birgitta Haukdal, Sylvía Haukdal Brynjarsdóttir, Michael James Down and Primoz Poglajen)
  • Edda Viðarsdóttir – Sá sem Lætur Hjartað Ráða För (Composer: Þórir Úlfarsson Lyrics: Kristján Hreinsson)
  • Jóhanna Guðrún Jónsdóttir (Yohanna) – Þú (Composer and Lyrics: Davíð Sigurgeirsson)

(YouTube Video Courtesy of sibelredzep)

Second semi final – Saturday 26th January

  • Erna Hrönn Ólafsdóttir – Augnablik (Composer: Sveinn Rúnar Sigurðsson Lyrics: Ingibjörg Gunnarsdóttir)
  • Unnur Eggertsdóttir – Ég Syng! (Composers : Elíza Newman, Gísli Kristjánsson and Ken Rose Lyrics: Eliza Newman, Gísli Kristjánsson and Hulda G. Geirsdóttir)
  • Klara Ósk Elíasdóttir – Skuggamynd (Composers: Hallgrímur Óskarsson and Ashley Hicklin Lyrics: Bragi Valdimar Skúlason)
  • Sylvía Erla Scheving – Stund Með þér (Composer & Lyrics: María Björk Sverrisdóttir)
  • Jógvan Hansen and Stefanía Svavarsdóttir – Til þín (Composer: Sveinn Rúnar Sigurðsson Lyrics: Sveinn Rúnar Sigurðsson and Ágúst Ibsen)
  • Haraldur Reynisson – Vinátta (Composer & Lyrics: Haraldur Reynisson)

There is Irish interest in the Icelandic Final in the entry that will be performed by Birgitta Haukdal – “Meðal Andanna”. The composers are Birgitta Haukdal, Sylvía Haukdal Brynjarsdóttir and Jonas Gladnikoff  and Lyrics by Birgitta Haukdal, Sylvía Haukdal Brynjarsdóttir, Michael James Down and Primoz Poglajen. You will recognise the names of Jonas Gladnikoff who co wrote Ireland’s Eurovision entry “Et Cetera” in 2009 and “It’s for you” in 2010. Also we have singer and song writer Michael James Down as part of Birgitta’s team. We here at Eurovision Ireland wish both Jonas and James the best of luck in the Icelandic National Finals.

Author/Website founder and Editor in Chief Garrett Mulhall

Source – RÚV

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