RÚV the national broadcaster of Iceland has confirmed to Eurovoix.com that they will be participating in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017.
Iceland will be competing in the 62nd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in Ukraine next year. Iceland’s confirmation of participation brings the number of countries confirmed as competing in next years Eurovision Song Contest to 23. RÚV has not confirmed how they will select their participant for Ukraine, however it is expected they will use Söngvakeppnin.
Söngvakeppnin has been used to select the Icelandic participant for the Eurovision Song Contest every year since their debuting excluding an internal selection in 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2004 and 2005. It is not known if Iceland will make changes to the selection process following two years of failing to qualify for the final.
Iceland debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1986, with next years contest in Ukraine being the 30th time an Icelandic act will have performed on the Eurovision stage. At the 2016 contest in Stockholm, Iceland was represented by Greta Salome and the song “Hear Them Calling Me”, she finished 14th in the first semi final. Iceland last made the final of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014 when Pollapönk performed “No Prejudice” in Copenhagen, Denmark.
By this time last year around 25 countries had provisionally confirmed their participation or showed an interest in participating in the Eurovision Song Contest. In the next month it is likely that the current figure of 23 confirmed countries will make its way up into the 30s.
In 2016 42 countries took to the stage in Stockholm, Sweden, it is expected that next years contest in Ukraine could match or even surpass this figure. To date Portugal has confirmed their return to the contest, while no countries have stated they will be withdrawing from the contest.