The Icelandic public broadcaster has confirmed that Söngvakeppnin will not be held in 2021 following the internal selection of Daði og Gagnamagnið.
Daði Freyr earlier today confirmed that he will be representing Iceland at Eurovision 2021 alongside Gagnamagnið. RUV has now confirmed that as a result of the singers selection for 2021 that Söngvakeppnin will not be held next year. This is the first time for Iceland since 2005 that both the singer and the song for the Eurovision Song Contest will be internally selected.
The Program Director for RUV commented:
Daði won the Söngvakeppnin 2020 with distinction and the reception of the Icelandic contribution has never been so good. We are therefore very happy and proud to be able to send this great musician and his people out as was intended last time. Of course, many things had to be considered when this decision was made, but after much deliberation we felt that this was the only right thing to do, not least in light of the unprecedented situation that arose this year that no Eurovision Song Contest was held for the first time in history. We thought it was both right and fair. We believe that the nation strongly wants Daði and Gagnamagnið to compete on our behalf in this competition.
Daði explained that he has started working on his song for the 2021 contest:
I have come up with some ideas regarding the song, but nothing has been decided. I actually know what the music video will be like and have some key points that need to be made in the staging, so I will compose the song around it. I will try to compose a song that fits the scene but not the other way around, Euro is quite an example. But this will be a support layer, it’s quite clear. Everything that is fun!
RUV confirmed that a replacement program for Söngvakeppnin is being developed for February and March that will incorporate both music and entertainment.
Image Source: Metro / Source: RUV
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.