RÚV is pushing Söngvakeppnin, the Icelandic national selection for Eurovision 2022, back one week.
All the shows of Söngvakeppnin 2022, have been delayed by one week due to Covid-19. RÚV had originally planned that the entries of the Söngvakeppnin 2022 to be announced on January 29, with the two Semi-finals being held on February 19 and 26, respectively, with the final on March 5.
The new dates for the shows of Söngvakeppnin 2022 are as follows:
- Participants and songs revealed – February 5
- Semi-Final One – 26 February 2022
- Semi-Final Two – 5 March 2022
- Final – 12 March 2022
The Head of the Icelandic selection Rúnar Freyr Gíslason explained that it would have been preferable to postpone the competition even further to increase the chances that it could be held without infection control restrictions and other negative consequences of the epidemic. However this is not possible as the deadline for songs to have been selected for Eurovision 2022 is March 13, so the Icelandic selection must be complete by this date.
“We have met with great understanding from the great people who run the competition and no less from the competitors themselves who are all unanimous in making it as great as possible. We are incredibly grateful for that”, – concludes Rúnar Freyr.
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.
Last year RÚV internally selected the 2020 winner of Söngvakeppnin Daði og Gagnamagnið that was due to represent Iceland at Eurovision before the contest was canceled. In 2021 the group’s song “10 years” was picked internally to represent Iceland at Eurovision. A member of Daði og Gagnamagnið tested positive for COVID-19 just days before the first live show and so a recoded copy of the 2nd rehearsal was used for both the live shows. The group finished 4th in the Grand Final.
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 programs 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.