Having leaked on the web, the competing acts and song titles of the Icelandinc national final,  Söngvakeppnin 2020 went public. 

The Icelandic national selection will consist of three shows. Two semi finals (on 8 and 15 February) to be held at the Háskólabíó conference hall and a grand final set to take place on February 29 at   Laugardalshöll arena. 

A total of 10 acts were unveiled from which two sets of five acts will compete in the two semi finals. From each semi final two will advance to the final show, while one wildcard from both semi finals will be awarded by the jury .

The 10 acts and song titles of the Icelandic nationa selection are :

  • Brynja Mary – Augun þín / In Your Eyes
  • Daði Freyr – Gagnamagnið / Τhink About Things
  • DIMMA – Almyrkvi
  • Elísabet – Elta þig / Haunting
  • Hildur Vala – Fellibylur
  • Iva – Oculis Videre / Oculis Videre
  • Ísold & Helga – Klukkan tifar / Meet Me Halfway
  • Kid Isak – Ævintýri
  • Matti Matt – Dreyma
  • Nína – Ekkó / Echo

During the semi finals the acts will perform their songs in Icelandic while in the Grand final the acts will use the language they will perform in during Eurovision.

The Eurovision story so far

The Nordic country, which debuted in Eurovision in 1986, was only absent at two editions of the contest, in 1998 and 2002, and that was due to low rankings that its entries received. It is the only country from the Scandinavic ones not to have won the contest, despite its best results in 1999 with Selma and in 2009 with Yohana, when the country finished in the 2nd place

In 2018 Iceland last year was represented by Ari Ólafsson and his entry Our Choice. Unfortunately, he didn’t make it to the grand final which was the consecutive  fourth time the country failed to qualify. Last year Söngvakeppnin 2019 winner, the group Hatari flew the flag in Tel Aviv and performed on stage Hatrið mun sigra, which qualified to the final where it came 10th with 232 points.