Last week she advanced to the final of Söngvakeppnin 2020.
And now IVA has announced – despite her initial choice to sing in English – she has now decided to stick with the Icelandic version.
Iceland’s national selection for Eurovision has long had an interesting approach to the language issue. In Söngvakeppnin, artists who wish to sing in English record their entries in both languages.
Then, they perform the Icelandic version in the semi-final, and choose which version they want to perform in the final.
RÚV’s official statement
An announcement from Icelandic broadcaster RÚV reveals that IVA has had a change of heart. The Dutch-Icelander originally decided to perform the English version, but eventually decided to go for the Icelandic one.
The Icelandic broadcaster’s statement says:
“The rules of the competition stipulate that on the final night, all the artists must perform in the language they intend to perform the song in the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam.”
“Previously, the authors of the song Oculis Videre, Iva Marín Adrichem and Richard Cameron, had decided to sing the song in English, but yesterday they asked the contest’s commission to sing the song in Icelandic. This is how it went. Therefore, two songs will be performed in Icelandic but three in English in Laugardalshöll on February 29.”
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Háskólabíó was jam packed with excitement tonight, when the second semi-final of Söngvakeppnin 2020 took place. Five acts battled for the two remaining spots in the finals on 29 February, and in the end, the public sent Ivá and Daði og Gagnamagnið onward to Laugardalshöll Arena. Last week, two vastly different acts made the cut. Metal band DIMMA and duet Ísold & Helga are on opposite sides when it comes to music genres, but in the spirit of Eurovision, the Icelandic public celebrated diversity and did so again tonight when IVA and Daði og Gagnamagnið were announced as qualifiers. RÚV also announced that Nína and “Echo” had received the jury wild card, and therefore we’ll see the magic number five again in Laugardalshöll in two weeks time. #iceland #songvakeppnin #esc2020 #eurovision #eurovision2020
About “Oculis Videre”
“Oculis Videre” by IVA was not only our readers’ favourite to win its respective Söngvakeppnin semi-final. It is also our Wiwi Jury’s first choice to win the whole selection. The song will participate in the Icelandic final next Saturday, against three other semi-final qualifiers and one wildcard.
Now that we know that IVA will be performing the song in Icelandic, the decision is receiving mixed reactions. While the original decision to sing in English saw negative responses online, the reaction to the new choice is just as polarising.
What do you think of IVA’s new decision? Do you think we’ll see the Icelandic-Latin “Oculis Videre” in Rotterdam? Speak your mind in the comments below!