Iceland: RUV confirms participation in Eurovision 2021
The Icelandic national broadcaster, RUV, has confirmed that it will be taking part in the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam next May.
RUV has confirmed to ESCToday that the nation will be coming back in the next edition of Eurovision in 2021 at Rotterdam, joining the group of nations that will be joining the party in the Netherlands.
However it remains unknown which selection formula the country will use in order to select the Eurovision 2021 entry.
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The Nordic country, which participated for the first time in Eurovision in 1986, has missed out only two editions of the contest, in 1998 and 2002, due to low positions that the Icelandic entries received. It is the only country from the Scandinavian ones that has not scored a victory yet, 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. In 2019 the Söngvakeppnin 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.
In 2020 Daði og Gagnamagnið a band formed exclusively for Eurovision, won the national final with the entry Thinks about things . Unfortunately their Eurovision journey didn’t reach Rotterdam due to the covid-19 outbreak which led to the cancellation of this year’s contest.
News source: ESCToday.com