Icelandic broadcaster RÚV has opened the submissions process for Söngvakeppnin 2017, therefore confirming that the much-loved national competition will return as their Eurovision selection process once again. Artists and composers can send in their entries via the advertisement on RÚV’s Eurovision website before the deadline on October 28th.

The official 2017 rules have also been published, and they confirm that the Söngvakeppnin 2017 will take place slightly later than it has done in previous years. The first semi-final will take place on February 25th 2017, the second semi-final on March 4th, and the final on March 11th. Winners of Söngvakeppnin in recent years have tended to revamp their entries between their victory and the final submissions date for Eurovision in mid-March. However, this change will mean that the winner will be extremely limited on time with the deadline for Eurovision 2017 submissions likely to be at a head of delegations meeting on March 13th judging by schedules in previous years.

This year Greta Salóme returned to Eurovision but sadly failed to qualify for the final in Stockholm. This was the second successive non-qualification for Iceland who, before 2015, had been on a run of seven consecutive final appearances.

Do you think Iceland can avoid making it three non-qualifications in a row? Which artist would you like to see represent Iceland in 2017? Let us know in the comments below!

My first memory of watching the Eurovision Song Contest was back in 2001 and, over the years, my passion and enthusiasm for the contest has very much turned into an obsession. I adore music and I love geography, so this contest is a natural fit for me. If la la loving Eurovision was a crime, I'd certainly be a criminal!

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