Norway’s Eurovision 2019 representatives, KEiiNO, will perform in the final of Söngvakeppnin 2020.
It has been revealed that Norwegian trio KEiiNO will perform in Söngvakeppnin 2020, Iceland’s selection show for the Eurovision Song Contest. The group placed 6th in last year’s Eurovision final in Tel Aviv, placing 1st in the public televote with their song “Spirit in The Sky”.
Söngvakeppnin tends to feature special guest performances each year. In 2019, Cyprus’ Eleni Foureira performed her 2nd place entry “Fuego”, and the 2018 edition featured Eurovision 2013 winner Emmelie de Forest.
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.
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.