Record number of votes received in Söngvakeppnin

Today rúv, the Icelandic national broadcaster, has released the number of votes that was reveived during Söngvakeppnin 2015.

And the result is impressive; a record number of 168.762 votes were recieved. The old record was approximately 140.000, and this year’s result is almost double that of last year, when around 90.000 votes were recieved.

In the superfinal, where Friðrik Dór and María Ólafs met in a duel, more than 125.000 votes were cast. The two were separated by 15.000 votes (12%), with María receiving 70.774 votes, and Friðrik receiving 55.850 votes.

Within the next couple of days rúv will release the jury’s votes, and we will also find out how the televotes were divided between all the acts in the first voting round of the final.

In total, the Icelandic people spent just under 22 million ISK (€146.750) voting in Söngvakeppnin 2015, of which RÚV keeps approximately 9 million (€60.000). RÚV’s share of the money made from the televoting will go towards paying for the organizing of Söngvakeppnin. The exact cost is not known yet, but it is expected to be in the neighbourhood of 30 million ISK (€200.000).

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