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Iceland: Söngvakeppnin 2019 hopefuls to be revealed later this month!

Preparations are well under way!

After a string of disappointing finishes at the contest in recent years, Iceland are coming back swinging! The official Facebook page for Söngvakeppnin has just confirmed that a promotional photoshoot for the competing artists has taken place, ahead of their reveal later this month. Apparently, they all look great!

The post didn’t give much away, aside from the announcement that the artist reveal will be happening on the 26th January at 7:45pm (presumably GMT). RUV had previously announced that they received 132 entries for the selection in total.

For those of you who don’t speak Icelandic, here’s a translation:

Taking photos of the competitors is happening now. They’re looking reeeeally good. We’ll show them to you all 26 Jan 19:45.

From Söngvakeppnin’s Facebook page

Following the closing of submissions, RUV set up a seven-member committee consisting of singers, musicians and other industry experts. This committee then listened to all the candidate songs and selected 10 of them to proceed to the national final. Although previously stated to be happening in January, it is unknown if we will be getting the songs alongside the acts on the 26th. Either way, we’ll be sure to keep you updated here on ESCXTRA!

Iceland at the Eurovision Song Contest

Iceland has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 31 times since its debut in 1986, missing only two contests since then, in 1998 and 2002. Note: this was due to the now-defunct relegation format. The country’s best result is second-place, which they achieved with both Selma in 1999 and Yohanna in 2009.

Iceland has achieved a total of five top ten placements, with the others being Stjórnin finishing fourth (1990), Heart 2 Heart seventh (1992) and Birgitta eighth (2003). Since the introduction of the semi-finals in 2004, Iceland has failed to qualify for the final seven times, including for the last four years (2015–18). As of 2018, Iceland is the only Nordic country that has yet to win the Eurovision Song Contest. Could 2019 be their year?

Are you looking forward to Söngvakeppnin 2019? Which Icelandic acts would you like to see take part? In the meantime, be sure to follow @ESCXtra on Twitter and like our Facebook page.

Costa Christou

Ever since I saw Helena Paparizou's triumph at Eurovision in 2005 (at the tender age of 6), I have been crazy about Eurovision. From the regional native language bops and shrieky female-led balladry to the sophisticated avant garde pop songs and chart-friendly EDM, I love everything about this cultural phenomenon. I'm currently working as a Delivery Manager in a software development team.

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