How do you follow an act like Daði og Gagnamagnið? Well Iceland will let us know through Söngvakeppnin 2022 — its Eurovision 2022 national final.
Speaking to Weekend Edition on K100, beloved projected manager Rúnar Freyr Gíslason confirmed the dates of Iceland’s annual song festival.
Söngvakeppnin 2022: Iceland sets dates for national final
Semi-Final 1: February 19, 2022
Semi-Final 2: February 26, 2022
Grand Final: March 5, 2022
Rúnar, who famously wore hot pants on the Eurovision 2006 stage alongside Siliva Night, also told the radio that this edition of Söngvakeppnin attracted 160 songs. That makes it one of the more competitive editions of recent years in terms of application numbers.
“The selection committee has a lot of work to do and we’ve now started that work,” he said.
The selection committee includes members of the broadcaster, representatives from the Association of Icelandic Musicians, and members of the Association of Composers and Lyricists.
“These are professionals who listen to all these songs and give them grades and then return them to our executives who are struggling with this,” he said.
He said that the committee focuses on the quality of submissions, while RUV also considers factors like diversity, gender equality and what makes for good TV.
As we previously reported, 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.
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.
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