The Icelandic broadcaster RUV is celebrating Eurovision week with rebroadcasts of contests, live concerts and TV specials.
Iceland is set for a week of Eurovision celebrations with RUV announcing its schedule for the coming week. The Icelandic national broadcaster as previously announced with be holding two shows to determine the act that would have won the Eurovision Song Contest. In addition it will also be broadcasting:
- May 10 – Eurovision Song Contest 2015
- May 11 – Eurovision Song Contest 2009
- May 12 – Eurovision Song Contest 1999 / Eurovision-fyrirpartýi
- May 13 – Eurovision Song Contest 1998
- May 14 – Eurovision Song Contest 1990 / Okkar 12 stig
- May 15 – Eurovision Song Contest 1987 / Euro-Daði
- May 16 – Eurovision Song Contest 1986 / Eurovision-Ball
Two concerts are also being arranged as part of the nations coverage. Euro-Daði will be broadcast on May 15 with Daði who was due to representing Iceland in Rotterdam performing an hour long concert. While Euroband will be performing for two hours following Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light in Eurovision-Ball.
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.