RUV have announced that Robin Bengtsson will be a guest performer at the final of Söngvakeppnin 2018 on 3 March.
Last year, after his Melodifestivalen victory, Robin went on to achieve a fifth place finish in the Eurovision Song Contest for Sweden. He has been invited to Iceland after his entry, I Can’t Go On came third with the Icelandic televoters and was a major radio hit in the country.
In previous years, Söngvakeppnin has featured guest performers from past Eurovision winners including Måns Zelmerlöw, Loreen, Alexander Rybak and Sandra Kim.
The first semi-final of Söngvakeppnin 2018 will take place on 10 February with the second semi-final one week later. The two semi-finals are being held at Háskólabíói in Reykjavik, while the final will take place at the Laugardalshöll. Tickets for the shows will be on sale from 30 January.
Söngvakeppnin, previously known as Söngvakeppni Sjónvjarpsins (“Television Singing Contest”), began in 1986 and has been the Icelandic national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest each year since 2006.
In 2017, Svala won Söngvakeppnin and represented Iceland in Kyiv. She finished in 15th place in the first semi-final, thus failing to make the Grand Final with her song Paper.
Iceland in the Eurovision Song Contest
Iceland debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1986 and, aside from 2 years of relegation in 1998 and 2002, has participated every year since. The contest is incredibly popular in Iceland, regularly being one of the most watched programmes of the year. Iceland has yet to win the contest, but has finished in 2nd on two occasions. In 1999, Selma missed out on victory in Jerusalem by 17 points, and in 2009 Yohanna became the most successful Icelandic entrant ever finishing 2nd in the final with the song “Is it True?”. She scored 218 points, yet still finished 169 points behind the runaway winner Norway.