A few days ago we reported that Iceland’s national broadcaster, RÚV has introduced new rules for Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsins 2015, the Icelandic national selection. The rules state that 50% of the composers who earn the right to enter the contest must be female. That sounds progressive, but is it?
Friðrik Ómar, Iceland’s former representative and a member of Euroband, went on Icelandic radio to say the new rule is demeaning for women.
Who is really benefitting from this? The contest or women? I honestly just don’t get it. Most likely, they want to encourage women to enter. Well, I don’t think this is encouraging at all! I think this is demeaning for women. When competing in a contest like this, it’s not the gender that should determine if a song goes through or not, it’s the quality of the song.
He also points out that it will be rather tricky to uphold this new rule, since composers must submit their songs under a pseudonym.
And for the record, this new rule is entirely RÚVs decision. It’s not a request from the EBU. Time will tell if this new twist will be maintained, or if RÚV executives will reconsider.