On the 10th of September 2023, the Icelandic broadcaster RÚV closed the submission window for “Söngvakeppnin 2024″ – The Icelandic selection for Eurovision 2024
As almost always, Iceland will select a song and an artist for Eurovision via their traditional song contest – “Söngvakeppnin“.
A total of 118 songs were submitted to the national selection this year
Söngvakeppnin 2024 – Full Details
- Each song must be submitted in Icelandic (the English version is allowed as an additional one).
- Representatives of FTT, FÍH, and RÚV will listen to the submitted songs and narrow the list to 10 songs.10 selected songs will be revealed on the 27th of January 2024.
- The selection process will include 3 televised shows: 2 semi-finals and a grand final.
- Semi-Final 1: Saturday, 17th of February 2024
- Semi-Final 2: Saturday, 24th of February 2024
- Grand Final: Saturday, 2nd of March 2024
- The semi-finals will be held in Truenorth studio in Fossaleyni. The final will take place in Laugardalshöllin, Reykjavík.
- Some established Icelandic writers and composers were invited to submit songs.
- 5 artists will compete in each semi-final. 4 artists (2 from each semi-final) will qualify for the final.
- A public vote will determine the semi-final results. Meanwhile, in the final, the decision will be a joint public vote and an international jury.
- The professional committee will have the right to save another song (in a wild-card format), so the final may include 5 songs.
- Each song will be performed in the Icelandic language in the semi-finals. The finalists will have the right to perform a version in another language in the final (English for instance).
- Ragnhildur Steinunn Jónsdóttir, Sigurður Þorri Gunnarsson and Unnsteinn Manuel Stefánsson will host the shows, as in 2023.
Selma Björnsdóttir, Högni Egilsson, Samúel Bjarki Pétursson and Gunnar Páll Ólafsson will be the artistic directors this year.
Selma Björnsdóttir is well known for representing Iceland twice at Eurovision Song Contest.
In 1999, she brought the country its best score: 2nd place with the epic song “All Out of Luck”:
Diljá represented Iceland at Eurovision 2023 with the song “Power“.
She ended up 11th in the second semi-final, missing the opportunity to qualify for the final:
Who would you like to see representing Iceland at Eurovision 2024?
Eurovision 2024 will be held in Malmö, Sweden.
The semi-finals will be held on the 7th and 9th of May 2024, and the grand final will be held on the 11h of May 2024
So far, the list of countries that have confirmed participation in Eurovision 2024:
- The Netherlands
- The UK
- San Marino
- North Macedonia – not official