The first episode of the Icelandic preview show Alla leið, aired last night on RUV with Israel topping the table ahead of the Czech Republic.
Head of Delegation Felix Bergsson presents the program and was joined by Friðrik Dór Jónsson (NF 2015) and Helga Möller (Iceland 1986), as well as Guðrún Gunnarsdóttir and Jóhannes Þór Skúlason. Each of the judges scored the songs using the traditional Eurovision voting method of 1-8, 10 or 12 points. The results of the show were as follows:
- Israel – Netta – Toy – 42 points
- Czech Republic – Mikolas Josef – Lie to Me – 38 points
- Estonia – Elina Nechayeva – La Forza – 36 points
- Azerbaijan – Aisel – X My Heart – 31 points
- Belgium – Sennek – A Matter of Time – 27 points
- Albania – Eugent Bushpepa – Mall – 26 points
- Iceland – Ari Olafsson – Our Choice – 24 points
- Lithuania – Ieva – When we’re old – 22 points
- Belarus – Alekseev – Forver – 14 points
Alla leið is one of just a handful of Eurovision preview shows broadcast in the run up to the Eurovision Song Contest. In recent years Sweden has dropped their preview show, leaving Finland, San Marino, Germany, Iceland and Norway as the only nations broadcasting preview shows.
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.