A total of 132 songs have been submitted to Icelandic broadcaster RÚV, all hoping to compete in Söngvakeppnin 2019.
RÚV has revealed that a total of 132 songs have been submitted to compete in Söngvakeppnin 2019. The deadline for song submissions closed earlier this week, and are now being listened to by a panel at the broadcaster.
A 7 member committee is now listening to all of the songs that were submitted in to the selection. It is composed of representatives from the Association of Icelandic Sound Artists, the Association of Composers and Songwriters and RÚV.
Alongside the 132 songs that have been submitted via the open selection process to the broadcaster, RÚV is also inviting specific songwriters to take part. All of the competing songs and songwriters will be revealed in January.
Slight changes will also be made to the 2019 edition of the contest, as only ten artists will be competing, as opposed to the usual 12. RÚV has also hired British choreographer Lee Proud as an Artistic Director for the contest.
This year, Iceland was represented at Eurovision in Lisbon by Ari Ólafsson with Our Choice. Iceland finished last in the first semi-final scoring just 15 points, this included 0 points from the public vote.
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.