Söngvakeppnin 2017 is the national final format developed by RÚV in order to select Iceland's entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. The competition simultaneously celebrates Iceland's 31tst anniversary since their first participation in the Eurovision Song Contest.
Iceland has never won the Eurovision Song Contest — but has been runner up on two occasions — in 1999 with Selma’s “All Out of Luck” and in 2009 when Yohanna sang “Is It True”
Despite having failed to advance to the final for a second year in a row, Iceland‘s national broadcaster isn’t wasting any time thinking about Eurovision 2017. The arrangement will be the same as last year, with two semifinals with six songs in each, and three songs advancing from each semifinal to the grand final. The six finalists will sing-it-out for a spot in the so-called “gold final”, where the two highest scoring songs will battle with each other for the title and the chance to sing at Eurovision 2017.
The submission period for artists and composers to submit their applications to RUV in order to battle for the golden ticket to Kyiv at the 2017 Icelandic national selection until 28 October. For those interested in participating in the Icelandic selection process, songs must be written by Icelandic nationals or residents. If an international author is involved the song must involve 2/3 of the music and half of the lyrics are written by Icelandic nationals. All songs in the selection will be performed in Icelandic in the semi finals, in the final the song must be performed in the language that will be used at Eurovision.
The semifinals will take place in Háskólabíó, on February 25 and March 4. The final will take place on March 11 in Laugardalshöllin, the national indoor arena.
The Land of Fire and Ice is known for bringing strong, traditionally influenced pop songs that transcend the borders of their small nation and appeal to a wider European audience.
Much like its Cinderella success story at this year’s Euro football championships — which saw the smallest nation’s team defeating the best-funded teams in the world — Iceland’s potential stretches well beyond its apparent means. As of late — at least when it comes to qualifying — the traditionally strong Eurovision nation has fallen into a fissure of glacial proportions. One of the biggest surprises of Eurovision 2016 was Iceland’s Greta Salome failing to qualify for the Grand Final. It came as a huge shock to fans and critics alike when her entry “Hear Them Calling” finished 14th in the first semi.
In order to improve the bad shape of last 2 years, Eurovision’s fans suggested that ’’In the past two years, the winner of Söngvakeppnin hasn’t won the initial televote or jury vote, but rather picked up the win in the superfinal. Given that there’s no superfinal vote equivalent at Eurovision, Iceland should ditch the second layer of voting and just go with the initial voting instinct of both the jury and televoters.’’ (wiwibloggs.com).
Even is yet to announce any possible acts for the selection which is scheduled in the 3rd month of 2017, Icelandic people looks to be praying for Soffi Bjor to represent this country is Kiev. She is well known in the Nothern European country and was a regular presence in the top of the radios in the past few years.
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