As in previous years, Iceland will use the Songvakeppni music show to choose who will represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest next year.
Broadcaster RUV has revealed that the grand final will take place in the capital Reykjavik on 14 February after the semi-finals have been held on 31 January and 7 February.
Next year’s Songvakeppni has received a total of 258 new songs, of which 12 will be chosen to compete in the country’s pre-selection contest for the annual Eurovision competition. To date, the names of the entrants have not been published, but there is already talk that there is a strong chance a love song could be in with a shout of winning given that the final falls on Valentine’s Day.
This year in Copenhagen, Iceland’s Eurovision Song Contest entrant No Prejudice by Pollaponk reached the final of the competition, and ended up in 15th place. The North Atlantic nation has a strong record in the contest, having only missed out on the final in 2005, 2006 and 2007.
However, the country has still to be victorious in the Eurovision, with its best performances being in 1999 and 2009 when it came runner-up.