RUV, the Icelandic national broadcaster has confirmed to ESCToday that Iceland will participate at the forthcoming 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon next year.
Iceland will once more select its Eurovision act and entry via the national selection. RUV will be releasing more details regarding their ESC 2018 plans in due course.
In 2017 the country selected its Eurovision song and singer via their traditional national selection Söngvakeppnin 2017. Svala had the honour of representing Iceland in Kyiv with her entry Paper but unfortunately, she failed to qualify to the Grand Final.
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Iceland in Eurovision
Iceland debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1986 and is yet to win the competition. The country nearly won the competition in Jerusalem with Selma in 1999, who narrowly missed out bagging the Grand Prix to Sweden’s Charlotte Perrelli!
Ten years later, Iceland was again runner up in the competition with Yohanna’s Is it true. The country has only made it to the top 5 thrice: 2nd (1999 and 2009) and 4th (1990).
Iceland hasn’t been very lucky in the competition in the last few years, thus failing to qualify to the Grand final 3 years in a row: 2015, 2016 and 2017. Let’s hope 2018 will break the country’s unlucky spell and bring Iceland back to the Grand Final.
The 2018 Eurovision Song Contest is scheduled to be held on 8, 10 and 12 May in Lisbon, Portugal.
The deadline for broadcasters to officially apply for Eurovision 2018 concludes by mid September. Hereafter, countries have a grace period to confirm their participation or withdraw their application without a penalty.
The final list of the 2018 Eurovision participating countries is expected to be released by the EBU later during the year.