The Icelandic broadcaster has confirmed it will be participating in Eurovision 2022, with Söngvakeppnin returning as the nation’s selection process.
Iceland is the latest country to confirm its participation in Eurovision 2022, with RUV today opening the submissions window for Söngvakeppnin. Söngvakeppnin returns as the Icelandic selection process having last been held in 2020.
Söngvakeppnin is set to be held in February with ten songs set to compete in the selection. The contest will follow the same format as in previous years with two semi-finals and a final.
Each semi-final will feature five songs, with two being chosen from each show by the public to go into the final. One song will also be saved by a jury and compete in the final. The Grand Final will see all five songs perform in the first round with 50% jury and 50% televote determining the two super finalists. In the Superfinal, the two acts will perform again with the winner chosen by televoting.
Song submissions close on October 6, the acts competing in the selection will be revealed in January.
Image Source: Andres Putting | 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.