Over 100,000 viewers watched the first semi-final of Söngvakeppnin 2020, making it the most viewed show of the week.
A total of 108,000 viewers watched the first semi-final of Iceland’s selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. The show had ratings of 42.8% and reached a total of 135,000 people during the course of the show. Söngvakeppnin semi-final one was the most watched show on Icelandic television last week.
The two acts who qualified direct for the final from the first semi-final were:
- Ísold & Helga – Klukkan tifar
- DIMMA – Almyrkvi
Two more artists will qualify from this week’s semi-final on February 15th. The final will take place on February 29th 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.