Iceland: More Details About Söngvakeppnin 2022

The submission window for “Söngvakeppnin 2022” closed last Wednesday, the 6th of October 2021.
In January 2022, the 10 participants of “Söngvakeppnin 2022” will be revealed. 

Söngvakeppnin 2022” will have the same format as in the previous year. Söngvakeppnin 2022” will be aired in February 2022. The selection will include 2 semi-finals and a grand final.

  • In each semi-final, 5 artists will compete for 2 spots in the final. The results will be determined by 100% public voting.
  • The jury will have the right to give a wild-card to one of the 6 non-qualifiers.
  • Therefore, 5 artists will compete in the grand final. In the first round, the results will be determined by 50% jury voting and 50% public voting.
  • In the “Super-Final”, the top 2 artists will compete while the results will be determined solely by the public.

According to the Icelandic website k100, we can learn more in detail regarding the national selection this year.

It seems like the Icelandic artists showed a great interest in representing the country at Eurovision 2022!
A total of 160 songs have been submitted to Iceland’s national broadcaster RÚV.
Moreover, the last hour of the deadline brought about 80% of the songs.

The number of songs is considered a record number, and it may be explained by 2 reasons:

  1. Last year, Iceland chose internally (due to the canelation of Eurovision 2020). Thus, a lot of artists haven’t had the opportunity to take part in a national selection in 2021.
  2. Iceland ended up 4th at Eurovision 2021, which may encourage artists to try their luck.

3 shows (2 semi-finals and grand final) will take place on the following dates:

  • Söngvakeppnin 2022” Semi-Final 1 – Saturday 19th of February 2022
  • Söngvakeppnin 2022” Semi-Final 2 – Saturday 26th of February 2022
  • Söngvakeppnin 2022” Grand Final – Saturday 5th of March 2022

The selection committee consists of representatives from RÚV, FÍH (Association of Icelandic Musicians), and FTT (Association of Composers and Lyricists).

The committee will have to reduce the list of 160 submitted songs.
5 – 7 songs in the selection will be chosen out of the 160 submissions.
3 – 5 other songs will come from songwriters who are specially invited to participate by RÚV.

Rúnar Freyr Gíslason, project manager of “Söngvakeppnin 2022on RÚV said:

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Rúnar Freyr Gíslason

“The selection committee has a lot of work to do and has now started work.
These are professionals who listen to all these songs and give them grades and then return them to our executives who are struggling with this. Such an advisory opinion on which songs should be considered.
The committee is mainly wondering about the quality of the song. What we are wondering too, who is doing the TV show; The singing competition, is diversity, gender equality and what is good television”.

You can listen to the full interview here:

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Doron Lahav is 28 years old guy who lives in Israel. Doron watches Eurovision Song Contest since early 2000s. Doron works as a Data Scientist and also shows interest in singing and writing.

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