The artists competing in Söngvakeppnin 2019 will be revealed by RÚV on the evening of January 26.
The singers who will by vying to represent Iceland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 are set to be revealed on January 26. The participants in this years edition Söngvakeppnin will be revealed on RÚV from 20:45 CET.
A total of 132 songs were submitted to compete in Söngvakeppnin 2019. RÚV also invited specific songwriters to take part in this years competition.
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.
Iceland was represented at Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal 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.