Felix Bergsson has stated that an announcement will be made by RUV in 2 to 3 weeks regarding the nations selection for Eurovision 2021.
Speaking to former Czech Head of Delegation Jan Bors as part of his new YouTube series, Felix Bergsson has shed more light on Iceland’s plans for Eurovision 2021. Mr Bergsson explained that the Icelandic broadcaster has undergone budget cuts due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has delayed a decision on the nations selection method.
RUV will announce in the next 2 to 3 weeks whether it will hold Söngvakeppnin to determine the Icelandic selection or if Daði Freyr will be internally selected for Eurovision 2021. Daði og Gagnamagnið had been selected to represent Iceland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 with the song “Think About Things”. The group had been the favourites to win the competition winning a number of nations votes during what would have been the build-up to the contest, as well as topping the betting odds.
In the interview Mr Bergsson also discusses his role as Head of Delegation as well as Hatari’s representation if Iceland in 2019.
Image Source: Eurovision.tv – Thomas Hanses / Source: Jan Bors
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.