Iceland will select their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 on February 29 through Söngvakeppnin.
The submission window for Söngvakeppnin 2020 opened today and will remain open until midnight on October 17. Applications can be made through the official Söngvakeppnin website at songvakeppnin.is.
The format of the contest remains exactly the same as last year. Ten songs will compete over two semi-finals on February 8 and 15 at the Háskólabíó Conference Hall in Reykjavík. Two songs from each semi-final will advance to the final on February 29 in Laugardalshöll in Reykjavík. RÚV also reserve the right to choose one of the non-qualifying entries as a wildcard for the final. In the semi-finals, all songs must be performed in Icelandic but in the final, all songs must be performed in the language that the artist intends to perform the song in at Eurovision if they are selected. The winner of Söngvakeppnin 2020 will represent Iceland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam.
Iceland returned to the Eurovision Song Contest finals for the first time since 2014, at the 2019 contest in Tel Aviv, Israel. Hatari finished 10th in the Grand Final with “Hatrið mun sigra”, scoring a total of 232 points. This was Iceland’s best result in the contest since Yohanna’s second place finish in 2009.
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.