It’s the news that many fans longed for — Daði og Gagnamagnið will represent Iceland at Eurovision 2021. While this is, of course, a source of celebration for many, it also means that the perenially popular Söngvakeppnin will not take place in 2021.
Söngvakeppnin will not take place in 2021
The long-running national selection will be rested for one year with Daði and the group opting to compose their own entry without any external input.
That means no open call for submissions, no expert panels and no public voting. “I have come up with some ideas about the song, but nothing has been decided. I actually know what the music video will be like and have some key points that need to be made in the staging, so I will compose the song around it”, says the “Think About Things” crooner. “I will try to compose a song that fits the scene but not the other way around, Eurovision is something special. But this will be a happy song, it is quite clear!”
As such, the Söngvakeppnin format is redundant for 2021. Commenting on the decision, broadcaster RUV says: “It is therefore clear that there will be no Söngvakeppnin next year. The competition has been one of the biggest TV events in the country in recent years, but Skarphéðinn asks fans of the competition not to panic. “Of course we will have a strong music program in February and March, at the time when Söngvakeppnin would have taken place and that program will to some extent be related to Söngvakeppnin and Eurovision,” he says. Preparations have already begun for a successful program where music and entertainment will be paramount”.
Further details on this new programme have yet to be revealed.
Iceland’s history with internal selections
To many, Söngvakeppnin will feel like a permanent fixture on the Eurovision calendar. And while that’s mostly true, this is not the first time that Iceland has rested the format and gone internal.
For five years between 1995 and 1999, the country chose internally. This period saw the nation send such iconic entries as Paul Oscar’s “Minn hinsti dans” and Selma’s “All Out Of Luck”. The internal route was taken again in 2004 and 2005.
What do you think of Iceland’s decision to go internal? Will you miss Söngvakeppnin? Let us know below.