Iceland’s public broadcaster RÚV has officially begun its search for its Eurovision 2024 representative as the broadcaster opens the submissions for its National Final – Söngvakeppnin.
Submissions open until September 10
As we have previously reported, the broadcaster opted to once again use its National Final Söngvakeppnin to find Diljá’s successor. The submissions are now open and will close on midnight on September 10.
In addition to the open submissions, RÚV will also consult ‘well-known and popular songwriters’ to submit entries for the competition, with representatives from FTT, FÍH and RÚV assessing the submissions recieved.
RÚV is set to reveal the participants of next year’s Söngvakeppnin on January, with the competition taking place on February and March.
Iceland’s Eurovision journey
Iceland made its debut on the Eurovision stage in 1986, finishing 16th with the song “Gleðibankinn” (Bank of Fun) by ICY. In their 35 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 Diljá, singing “Power” in Liverpool. At the close of the voting, Diljá finished 11th in the semi-final with 44 points from the televote. This meant that Iceland missed out on qualifying for the final.
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News Source: RÚV
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