Iceland: RÚV receives 132 songs for Söngvakeppnin 2019
A total of 132 songs have been submitted to the Icelandic national broadcaster, RÚV, with the ambition to compete in the coutry’s national selection, Söngvakeppnin 2019.
The national broadcaster , revealed that it has received 132 candidate entries for the next Söngvakeppnin 2019 national final. As the deadline for submission expired in the beginning of the week , a 7 member commitee will review the songs in order to select the ones that will compete in the semi finals and eventually in the grand final on March 2. The special commitee consists of representatives from Association of Icelandic Sound Artists, the Association of Composers and Songwriters and RÚV.
Apart from the 132 entries that came in after the broadcaster’s open public call, the national broadcaster itself has the right to invite specific musicians to compete in the semi finals on 9 and 16 February . Notable that this year the competing acts in the semi finals will be 1o instead of 12 the previous years. All songs and songwriters will be unveiled in January. Additionally, RÚV has hired the British choreographer Lee Proud appointing him as the Artistic Director fo the competition.
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. Its best results were achieve in 1999 with Selma and in 2009 with Yohana, when the country finished in the 2nd place.
Iceland this 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. Remarkable the null points from televoting.