RUV, the Icelandic national broadcaster, has set the date for its forthcoming Eurovision 2020 national selection, Songvapkennin, and opened the submission window for artists and composers to send in their entries in their quest to represent Iceland at the 65th Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam.
Songvapkennin 2020 will consist of three live televised shows ( 2 semifinals and 1 grand final):
- 08/February/2020-Semi-final 1
- 15/February/2020-Semi-final 2
- 29/February/2020-Grand Final
RUV has published the rules and regulations for Songvapkennin 2020 and opened the submission window for artists to send in their songs until 17 October 2019.
A total of 10 songs will compete in the Icelandic national selection. The names of the 10 lucky acts will be unveiled in January 2o20.
Iceland in Eurovision
Iceland debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1986 and is yet to win the event. The country achieved its best results in the competition in 1999 (Selma) and 2009 ( Yohanna) when it placed 2nd in the Grand Final.
The Nordic nation has partaken in Europe’s favorite television show 32 times.
In 2019 Iceland selected Hatari to represent the nation at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest with in Tel Aviv. Iceland sailed to the Grand Final with Hatari for the first time in five years, after staying out of the Grand Final for four consecutive years.
The Icelandic band placed 10th in the Grand Final in Israel with their entry Hatrið mun sigra.