The Icelandic broadcast RÚV approved their participation next year in Rotterdam and starts a “call for songs” process.
RÚV has announced today that the Icelandic song for Eurovision 2020 will be chosen through their famous national final mechanism “Söngvakeppnin”. the competition format will stay similar to last year contest which appeared to be successful as last year winner Hatari qualify for the show’s final for the first time since 2014.
Söngvakeppnin 2020 will have ten songs battles in 2 semi-final nights. the top2 from each semi + a potential wildcard selected by RÚV will complete the grand final line up that will take place on February 29th in Reykjavik’s Laugardalshöll. as for the language rules, all songs must be sung in Icelandic in the semi-final round. on the final, the qualified entries will have to be decided with what language they intend to sing at the Eurovision and performed the chosen version of their entry. the show dates will be as follows:
- February 8th, 2020 – Semi-Final 1
- February 15th, 2020 – Semi-Final 1
Both will take place on Reykjavik’s Háskólabíói conference center
- February 29th, 2020 – Final (Live from Laugardalshöll, Reykjavik)
The song submission window opened today will be closed on October 17th, 2019. the ten qualifiers will be selected by RÚV special committee and will be announced later this year. more details regarding the songs submission available on Söngvakeppnin website here. RÚV also reminded that some great Eurovision stars have been performed on their grand final night in previous years, and apparently there will be no changes in that too.
Hatari band that represented Iceland in Tel-Aviv brought Iceland the honorable 10th place in the final, scoring a total of 232 points from the international juries and viewers.