RÚV has announced the semi-final dates for Söngvakeppnin, as well as when the songs will be revealed.
The semi-finals for Söngvakeppnin 2022 will be held on February 19 and 26, with the final as previously announced on March 5. The ten competing entries will be revealed by the Icelandic broadcast in a TV show on January 29.
The ten entries are formed of five songs from the public submissions process which saw 158 entries. A further five entries were selected from songwriters that were specifically contacted by RÚV to take part in the Icelandic selection.
A new location will be the venue for Söngvakeppnin in 2022. Instead of being held at the Háskólabíó and Laugardalshöll, the contest will be held at the RVK Studios. Tickets will go on sale for each of the shows at the end of January.
Image Source: Andres Putting | Source: RÚV
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.