Viðskiptablaðið reports that Iceland is the country that would host the Eurovision Song Contest should Australia win the competition.
Viðskiptablaðið reports that an agreement has been signed between the Icelandic broadcaster RUV and the Australian broadcaster SBS, regarding hosting the competition should Australia ever win. According to EBU rules should Australia win the competition, they must co-host the event in Europe alongside another EBU member broadcaster.
The report states that since at least May 2018 an agreement has been in place between the Icelandic and Australian public broadcasters. The agreement is reported to have been discussed at both municipal and national government level, who are in favour of the agreement.
Should Australia win the contest Iceland would be expected to contribute 2 million Euro towards the hosting of the competition, with the remainder being funded by the EBU and SBS.
Image Source: Eurovision.tv – Andres Putting / Source: Viðskiptablaðið
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.