馃嚠馃嚫 S枚ngvakeppnin 2022 hosts announced

馃嚠馃嚫 S枚ngvakeppnin 2022 hosts announced

Icelandic broadcaster R脷V has confirmed that Bj枚rg Magn煤sd贸ttir, J贸n J贸nsson and Ragnhildur Steinunn J贸nsd贸ttir will host S枚ngvakeppnin 2022, Icelandic daily newspaper Fr茅ttabla冒i冒 reported.

The singing competition that will decide the nation’s entry for the 66th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest is scheduled to take place on consecutive Saturdays from 26th February. R脷V pushed back the original contest dates by a week in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

In recent years, the S枚ngvakeppnin semi-finals have taken place at H谩sk贸lab铆贸 and the finals in Laugardalsh枚ll. This year will see all events held in a new location: the S枚ngvakeppnish枚ll at RVK Studios in Gufunes. 

Who are the hosts?

Bj枚rg is a journalist and radio presenter with plenty of past presenting credits for R脷V shows including S枚ngvakeppninn. She described the song contest as “an annual source of joy” for Icelanders.

Actress, presenter and R脷V assistant director Ragnhildur Steinunn is no stranger to S枚ngvakeppninn either. She and Bj枚rg are emphatic about the contest’s power to uplift the Icelandic mood following two years of the COVID-19 pandemic. Ragnhildur Steinunn stated, of their preparations for the contest, “there are a few challenges, but we will continue unabated.”

Singer-songwriter and former professional footballer J贸n, meanwhile, expressed delight at returning to the line-up four years after his S枚ngvakeppnin hosting debut in 2018. “It is also two long years since the competition was held and the intention is to make everything bigger and more beautiful to celebrate the return,” he told Fr茅ttabla冒i冒.

Ten songs out of 158

This year’s S枚ngvakeppnin contenders were selected by committee from a total 158 submissions. The ten competing songs will be revealed by R脷V in a showcase programme, titled “L枚gin 铆 S枚ngvakeppninni,” this Saturday 29th January.

Iceland in the Eurovision Song Contest

Iceland made its debut on the Eurovision stage in 1986, finishing 16th with the song 鈥淕le冒ibankinn鈥 (Bank of fun) by ICY. In its 33 appearances, Iceland has finished in the top ten an impressive seven times. Iceland’s best result to date is second place, which it has achieved twice. The first time was in 1999, when Selma Bj枚rnsd贸ttir received 146 points for her performance of 鈥淎ll Out of Luck.鈥 The second time was in 2009, with Yohanna singing 鈥淚s it True鈥 and receiving 218 points. Iceland鈥檚 most recent representative on the Eurovision stage was Da冒i og Gagnamagni冒 with the song 鈥10 Years,鈥 finishing fourth with 378 points.

Are you excited for S枚ngvakeppnin 2022? Who would you like to see represent Iceland at the Eurovision Song Contest? Let us know in the comments below or on social media. Don鈥檛 forget to follow 鈥楾HAT Eurovision Site鈥 over at FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

News source: Fr茅ttabla冒i冒

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