RÚV, Iceland’s broadcaster, are set to reveal the 12 competing entries for Söngvakeppnin 2018 on 19th January. Iceland will once again use this national final to select their entry for Eurovision.
Söngvakeppnin will consist of two semi-finals on 10th and 17th February with the final to take place on 3rd March. Six entries perform in each semi-final, with three going through to the final. The artists initially all perform their entries in Icelandic but for the final will perform their entry in the intended language for Eurovision.
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 of her song here.
Iceland will be looking to return to the grand final having not being able to qualify in the last three years. 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?”
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