For 2021, Iceland went for an internal selection with Daði and Gagnamagnið, but for the 2022 season, national final Söngvakeppnin is coming back. Iceland’s national broadcaster RÚV has opened submissions for Söngvakeppnin 2022 to find the island nation’s next Eurovision representative.
Today RÚV confirmed details of Söngvakeppnin 2022, including the rules of the contest.
RÚV has decided to keep the format of song selection that was introduced for the 2019 edition. Along with an online submission portal, which will be reviewed by local music experts, a few experienced and popular Icelandic songwriters will also be asked to compose some of the songs that will be in Söngvakeppnin 2022.
RÚV want diversity in Söngvakeppnin 2022
The managers of Söngvakeppnin place emphasis on diversity, and say they encourage musicians and songwriters from every music genre to submit an entry.
All in all, ten songs will compete, but no further details about the contest’s format have been revealed. For the last few years, Iceland’s national final has consisted of two semi-finals that have taken place in Háskólabíó, and a grand final held in Laugardalshöll.
Since 2016, RÚV has invited one or more artists with a strong connection to Eurovision to perform in the grand final. For 2022, RÚV plans to treat the audience with at least one non-Icelandic Eurovision artist as an interval act. Among the past guests are Måns Zelmerlöw, Loreen, 2018’s second-place act Eleni Foureira and 2019’s televote winners Keiino.
The lucky ten songs selected for Söngvakeppnin 2022 will be revealed in January next year, along with further details about the format.
Hopeful songwriters have little over a month to submit their tunes with the hope of becoming the successor to Daði and Gagnamagnið. The submission period will close at midnight on Wednesday October 6.
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