Even though there won’t be a regular Eurovision week in May, fans in Iceland still have the chance for plenty of Eurovision entertainment over the next few weeks. That’s because RÚV, Iceland’s national broadcaster, has announced its schedule for alternative Eurovision 2020 shows.
RÚV will, of course, broadcast the official EBU alternative show Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light, which airs on Saturday May 16, the night the actual final was due to be broadcast. But on top of that RÚV will be producing their own alternative version of a Eurovision show.
This will include annual panel show Alla leið (that’s English for “All the way”), which will be used as an alternative to the jury vote. There will also be a public vote where Icelanders can vote for their favourite, which will be used as an alternative televote.
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On April 18 the first show of Alla leið was broadcast, with three others shows coming on the next three Saturday evenings. The panel of the show will be used as an alternative jury which will comprise 50% of the alternative voting. On May 2 the Icelandic public can start voting for their favourite song out of all the ones that were to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020. This vote will weigh in as the other 50% of the alternative voting.
On May 14 RÚV will broadcast a show where the 15 top songs will be played and the Icelandic public given a chance to vote for their favourite again. In the end we will have the song that would have, or maybe more than might have, gotten the famous douze points from Iceland in the actual Eurovision of 2020.
RÚV had already announced that they would continue with their annual panel show Alla leið where all the Eurovision songs are reviewed by a panel of judges who try to predict which songs make it all the way to the final each year.
The show is hosted by Felix Bergsson, Iceland’s Head of Delegation, who is accompanied by Björg Magnúsdóttir, one of the presenters of Söngvakeppnin 2020. Felix oversees the panel part of the show, whilst Björg gets prominent people from Eurovision and Söngvakeppnin to reminisce on their Eurovision experience.
Iceland: Eurovision 2020 alternative shows
All times are in local Icelandic time – GMT -1.
- Saturday April 18: First episode of Alla leið (20:20 on RÚV)
- Saturday April 25: Second episode of Alla leið (20:20 on RÚV)
- Saturday May 2: Third episode of Alla leið (20:20 on RÚV)
- Saturday May 9: Fourth episode of Alla leið (19:45 on RÚV)
- Tuesday May 12: Eurovision pre-party show where the top 15 songs will be revealed (19:40 on RÚV)
- Thursday May 14: Okkar 12 stig (eng. “Our 12 points”) – the alternative Eurovision show (19:40 on RÚV)
- Saturday May 16: Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light (19:00 on RÚV)
- Saturday May 16: Eurovision-ball (more information to be announced) (21:10 on RÚV)
What do you think about RÚV’s alternative show? Who do think Iceland will vote for? Share your thoughts with us below!