RUV will reveal the ten acts competing in Söngvakeppnin 2020 on Saturday evening in a special reveal show.
The Icelandic national broadcaster will be airing a 30 minute reveal show on Saturday evening, to announce the ten acts and songs competing in Söngvakeppnin 2020. The show will be hosted by Björg Magnúsdóttir and Gísli Berg and feature snippets of the ten competing songs. The show will be broadcast from 20:45 CET.
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 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.