Icelandic broadcaster RUV has confirmed the return of Iceland‘s national final competition Söngvakeppnin. And things will be extra special this time – 2016 marks the competition’s 30th anniversary.
Despite Maria Olafs failing to qualify for the final in Vienna, Iceland will be back for another year, using their tried and true national final format.
While Iceland has sometimes used internal selection, since its debut in 1986, most of Iceland’s Eurovision entries have been chosen by the Söngvakeppnin competition. It’s delivered everything from Daniel Ágúst‘s (undeserved) nil points in 1989 to Yohanna‘s (highly deserved) second place in 2009.
Söngvakeppnin 2015 had a significant rule change. While songs had to be entered with Icelandic lyrics, artists were permitted to perform the full English version in the final. That meant that while Maria Olafs performed “Lítil skref” in her semi-final, the song that took her to victory in the final was “Unbroken”.
A prize of one million króna (€7050) will go to the lucky winner of the competition in 2016. Entries are now open and will close on 2 November.
We came up with 10 artists we’d like to see represent Iceland at Eurovision. Do you agree? Who would you like to see follow in Maria’s golden footsteps? Leave your comments below.