Iceland will decide its representative through its national final of Söngvakeppnin 2019 this Saturday, 2 March (links and exact times to follow), after two semifinals held on 9 and 16 February. Each semifinal contained five songs, of which the top 2 advanced to the final. Broadcaster RÚV chose to use its wildcard to push through an additional entry (marked below). All semifinal songs were performed in their Icelandic version, while for the final artists were invited to sing in the language they mean to use at Eurovision. The 5 finalists are (studio for the English, semifinal performance for the Icelandic): 1. Friðrik Ómar – Hvað ef ég get ekki elskað? (studio version of What If I Can’t Have Love) 2. Kristina Skoubo Bærendsen (W) – Mama Said (semifinal performance of Ég á mig sjálf) 3. Tara Mobee – Fighting For Love (semifinal performance of Betri án þín) 4. Hera Björk – Moving On (semifinal performance of Eitt andartak) 5. Hatari – Hatrið mun sigra [Hate Will Prevail] (no English version) You will have recognised Hera Björk, who previously represented Iceland in the ESC in 2010. You might have also recognised Friðrik Ómar, who hails from wiggles’s hometown and has also previously represented Iceland in the ESC, in 2008, as part of Eurobandið (Euroband). Just so you are warned, Hatari define themselves as an "anti-capitalist BDSM techno performance art group". On the night, an international jury (3 Icelanders and 7 foreigners) and the public will decide the top two acts, which will advance to a superfinal. The superfinal vote won’t be starting from zero: the two acts will keep the votes they received in the first round of voting, which will be weighted 50% against the televote and jury vote for the superfinal. Last year’s runner up Eleni Foureira will be one of the guest acts, performing Fuego. My favourite since the semifinals has been Kristina Skoubo Bærendsen and I am over the moon with the fact that RÚV decided last minute to put her through. I also think her song works better in the English version. I am not much impressed with anything else.