RUV has confirmed that “Oculis Videre” will be performed in Icelandic for the final of Söngvakeppnin on February 29.
Having originally been planned to be performed in English for the final of the Icelandic selection, “Oculis Videre” will now be performed in Icelandic for the final. Íva Marín Adrichem and Richard Cameron who wrote the song that Íva is performing, made a request to RUV to perform in Icelandic after listening to feedback from fans.
The change means that Almyrkvi and Iva are both performing in Icelandic in the final, with the other three artists performing in English. The running order is as follows:
- Ísold & Helga – Meet Me Halfway
- Daði Freyr – Think About Things
- Nína – Echo
- Iva – Oculis Videre
- Dimma – Almyrkvi
The show will also feature guest performances from Hatari who represented Iceland last year, and KEiiNO who represented Norway in Tel Aviv and won the public televote.
The winner of Söngvakeppnin will go on to represent Iceland at the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. They will be performing in the first half of the second semi-final on 14th May.
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.