The Icelandic broadcaster RÚV has released a statement regarding the national selection for Eurovision 2022 – “Söngvakeppnin 2022“.
Based on the current Covid situation in the country, and after consulting with the epidemiological authorities, it has been decided to postpone all “Söngvakeppnin 2022” in one week.
Therefore, the new relevant dates are:
- Saturday, 5th of February 2022 – Songs and artists in the TV show “Lögin í Söngvakeppninn” on RÚV.
- Saturday, 26th of February 2022 – “Söngvakeppnin 2022” Semi-Final 2
- Saturday, 5th of March 2022 – “Söngvakeppnin 2022” Semi-Final 2
- Friday, 11th of March 2022 – Family Show / Jury Show (won’t be broadcast)
- Saturday, 12th of March 2022 – “Söngvakeppnin 2022” Grand Final
“Söngvakeppnin 2022” – Full Details
- RÚV have receieved a total of 158 songs for the selection.
- 10 artists will compete in the national selection this year.
- 5 artists have been chosen out of public submissions. 5 others have been chosen among established song writers who were directly contacted by RÚV.
- 5 artists will compete in each semi-final. The results of each semi-final will be determined by public vote only. 2 artists will advance to the final.
- There’s a possibility that the jury will give a wild-card to one of the non-qualifiers.
- The shows will be held in a new location, in the so-called Singing Competition Hall, which is in the RVK Studios in Gufunes.
- 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.
Rúnar Freyr Gíslason, managing director of the competition, said:
“”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.
In fact 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. Unfortunately, this will not work as the deadline for submitting Eurovision submissions is and must be 13 March. That deadline will not be extended.”
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