RÚV has made an announcement that we will know the acts and songs competing in next year’s edition of Söngvakeppnin at the end of January. Ealier this year the broadcaster announced that the semi-finals for the selection will take place on February 19th and 26th respectively, with the final taking place on March 5th.
The line-up for Söngvakeppnin will be comprised of ten artists and songs, five of which coming from the public submission process that yielded 158 potential songs. The other 5 entries will be selected from a pool of songwriters and artists that were personall invited by RÚV to submit to the national final. At this time it is currently unknown how many individuals or teams were contacted by the Icelandic broadcaster.
Traditionally, RÚV will require the artists to submit both an Icelandic and English version of their entry, unless the artist wishes to keep their song fully in Icelandic for the national final and for Eurovison. This was the case when Hatari competed and won the selection with their song “Hatrið mun sigra” in 2019.
This year’s selection will be moving to RVK studios and tickets will go on sales towards the end of January for both semi-finals and the final show.
Iceland returns to Söngvakeppnin for the 2022 season after opting to internally select Daði Freyr og Gagnamagnið in 2021, following the cancellation of Eurovision 2020. Iceland saw their highest placement in Rotterdam since 2009 with Daði og Gagnamagnið, placing 2nd in the second semi-final and 4th in the Grand Final with 378 points.