Shake the dust off your harness and oil the leather whip because Iceland has confirmed its participation for Eurovision 2020.
On Friday state broadcaster RÚV announced that the island in the north will be a part of next year’s Eurovision Song Contest via Söngvakeppnin’s official Facebook page. While at it they announced the opening for song submissions and the dates of Söngvakeppnin 2020.
Frábærar fréttir, við erum formlega búin að staðfesta þáttöku í Eurovision söngvakeppninni sem haldin verður í…
Iceland’s participation for Eurovision 2020 has been the subject of great speculation due the Hatari’s infamous Palestinian flag incident during the announcement of Iceland’s televotes last May. The EBU released a statement the day after, suggesting that Iceland’s broadcaster might be sanctioned because of the incident. In early June RÚV reported that the EBU would ponder possible sanctions…but no further details emerged.
It wasn’t until the very last day of August that some news about EBU’s ruling was reported by RÚV. According to Rúnar Freyr Gíslason, Söngvakeppnin’s program manager, Iceland being banned from entering Eurovision 2020 was never a possibility but RÚV and the EBU were in the midst of negotiations regarding a possible fine that the Icelandic national broadcaster might have to pay. As from today we are still waiting for a confirmation whether or not EBU will indeed employ some kind of monetary sanctions.
Söngvakeppnin 2020 to take place in February with the same format as in 2019
The dates for Söngvakeppnin 2020 have also been confirmed. Like last year, the national final will consist of two semifinals that will take place in Háskólabíó, and a grand final taking place in Laugardalshöll. The first semifinal takes place on February 8 and the second semifinal a week later, on February 15. And just like for Söngvakeppnin 2019 we will have to wait two weeks for the grand final, as that takes place on February 29.
The song submission period opened at noon on September 13 and will close at midnight on October 17. Hopeful songwriters have little over a month to submit their tunes with the hope of becoming Hatari’s successor. RÚV has decided to keep the format of song selection that was introduced for the 2019 edition. Along with the usual submission portal, Iceland’s national broadcaster has decided to hire a few experienced and popular Icelandic songwriters to compose some of the songs that will be in this year’s contest.
Since 2016 RÚV has invited one or more artists with strong relations to Eurovision to perform in the final. There will be no change in that department this year as RÚV plans to treat the audience with at least one non-Icelandic Eurovision artist as an interval act. Among the past guests are the newlywed Måns Zelmerlöw, Loreen and 2018’s second place act Eleni Foureira.
Are you excited for Söngvakeppnin 2020? What type of songs would you like to hear? Tell us in the comments below.