Lisbon 2018

ICELAND: RÚV confirms participation in Eurovision 2018

Iceland’s national broadcaster RÚV have confirmed Iceland will be participating at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon. Through esctoday’s “10 Days of confirmations” Iceland follows yesterday’s announcement of Serbia confirming participation.

Iceland are expected to choose their entry through their traditional Söngvakeppnin national selection, though no further details have been announced.

Iceland at Eurovision

Svala was chosen to represent Iceland at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv with her entry “Paper”. Unfortunately she failed to qualify, placing 15th in the 1st semi-final with 60 points. See what we thought her song here.

Iceland will be looking to return to the grand final having not being able to qualify in the last three years, despite some great songs from Svala, Greta Salóme and María Ólafsdóttir. Their last time in the grand final was in Copenhagen in 2014 with the colourful Pollapönk and their song “No Prejudice”, reaching 15th place with 58 points.

Though never winning the Eurovision Song Contest, Iceland have twice reached second place – in 1999 with Selma’s “All Out of Luck” and in 2009 with Yohanna’s “Is It True?” (a bit of a favourite amongst some of the escXtra team!)

Are you happy to see Iceland confirming their participation? What did you think of their 2017 entry? What does Iceland need to do to qualify? Following Portugal’s example, would you like to see Iceland present their entry in Icelandic?

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Tom O'Donoghue

'Tomodo' - live music photographer based in Surrey, United Kingdom. Photographer at London Eurovision Party.
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