The Icelandic selection for Eurovision, Söngvakeppnin, will hold its final March 5, Söngvakeppnin project manager Rúnar Freyr Gíslason has confirmed. The format will remain the same, with the selection committee currently being hard at work to select what 10 songs get to compete.
Keeping the format
The announcement of when the final will take place has followed shortly after the song submission window closed on October 6. the date of the final, Rúnar Freyr Gíslason also confirmed that the Söngvakeppnin format will remain unchanged from previous years. This means that there will be two semi-finals with 5 songs each, with the top 2 of the public vote in each semi plus one jury-save making it to the final. There also are no changes to the voting system. The first semi-final will be February 19, and the second on February 26. The final will be held March 5. The selection committee is already hard at work to select the 10 best songs from over 160 submissions. What entries have made it to the final will be revealed in January.
Iceland in the Eurovision Song Contest
Iceland made its debut on the Eurovision stage in 1986, finishing 16th with the song “Gleðibankinn” (Bank of fun) by ICY. In their 33 appearances, Iceland has finished in top 10 an impressive 7 times. Their best result to date is second place, which they have achieved twice. The first time was in 1999, where Selma Björnsdóttir received 146 points for her performance of “All out of luck”. The second time was in 2009, with Yohanna singing “Is It True” and receiving 218 points. Iceland’s most recent representative on the Eurovision stage was Daði og Gagnamagnið with the song “10 years,” finishing 4th with 378 points.
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News Source: mbl.is
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