RUV has announced today that its Eurovision preview show Alla leið, will be returning to screens on April 18.
The Icelandic broadcaster RUV is set to bring the Eurovision 2020 entries to its audiences with Alla leið. The Eurovision preview show which has been broadcast for a number of years features Felix Bergsson and guests reviewing the songs competing in the competition.
The programming schedule is as follows:
- Saturday 18th April – Show 1
- Saturday 25th April – Show 2
- Saturday 2nd May – Show 3
- Saturday 9th May – Show 4
- Tuesday 12th May – Show 5 (Top 15)
- Thursday 14th May – Okkar 12 stig (Our 12 Points)
This years edition however will have a change to previous years. Felix is set to be joined by Björg Magnúsdóttir, with the two sharing Eurovision memories and clips with the audience. Furthermore, the Icelandic audience will be involved in helping determine which act would have received Iceland’s 12 points. Felix commented:
We know that Dadi would have won, but we are going to find out with the audience who would have finished second.
Iceland joins Finland, Austria, Sweden and Germany in holding shows featuring the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 entries. Finland and Germany are holding traditional preview shows, while Austria, Sweden and Iceland have opted to involve the audience.
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.