After two semifinals, Iceland is ready to choose its Eurovision 2020 representative. And now RÚV has revealed both the language in which each song will be sung in and the running order for the final of Söngvakeppnin 2020. KEiiNO and Hatari have also been booked for interval performances.
Iceland’s Söngvakeppnin 2020 — Grand Final
Söngvakeppnin 2020 — Language choices
As with the last few years, the Söngvakeppnin 2020 rules insisted that all entries must be sung in Icelandic throughout the semi-finals. However, the acts are able to choose the language of their choice if they make it to the final.
Of this years finalists, four of the five acts have chosen to switch over to English. Only the rockers in Dimma have decided to stick with the Icelandic version.
The running order is set up by RÚV’s producers and they have decided to start the show with Ísold and Helga’s “Meet me Halfway” and close with Dimma’s “Almyrkvi”.
Söngvakeppnin 2020 — Final Running order
- “Meet me halfway” (ENG) – Ísold & Helga
- “Think About Things” (ENG) – Daði & Gagnamagnið
- “Echo” (ENG) – Nína
- “Oculis Videre” (ENG) – Iva
- “Almyrkvi” (ISL) – Dimma
Söngvakeppnin 2020 — Voting Rules
The final will be split into two rounds. In the first round, all five songs will be battle for a spot in the gold duel. Two song will advance based on a 50% international jury vote and a 50% televote.
The final two will perform once again. The ultimate winner of Söngvakeppnin 2020 will be chosen by 100% televote. Votes from the first round will be carried over into the second round.
KEiiNO and Hatari for Söngvakeppnin interval
It has become a tradition for RÚV to invite an international act to perform at the final. And this year it is the 2019 televote winners — Norway’s KEiiNO. The trio will perform their joik-infused schlager-banger “Spirit in the Sky”.
Reigning Söngvakeppnin champs Hatari will also showcase their 2019 entry “Hatrið mun sigra”.
Since 2016, a secret guest has performed at the show. It will be exciting to see if a third interval act will make an appearance.
The final of Söngvakeppnin 2020 will take place on Saturday 29 February, at Laugardalshöllin in Reykjavík.
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