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Iceland opens Eurovision 2016 selection process!

Iceland opens Eurovision 2016 selection process!
Emma Kiernan

Icelandic broadcaster, RUV, has released the rules and details of their method of selection for Eurovision 2016, Söngvakeppnin. This will be the 30th edition of the show.



Söngvakeppnin 2016 will consist of three shows, Semi-final one is scheduled for February 6 while semi-final two is scheduled for February 13. The grand final will take place on February 20. Details of the venue and ticket sales will be announced shortly.

In each semi-final of Söngvakeppnin 2016, six songs will compete and three will progress to the final. A jury will then choose a seventh song to qualify for the final as a wildcard.



Songwriters submitting songs to the contest must be a citizen of Iceland or hold a permanent residence there. Songs may be co-written by non-Icelandic songwriters however, two thirds of the song and one half of the lyrics must be by Icelandic songwriters.

All songs must be performed in Icelandic for the semi final stage of the competition. For the final, the song must be performed in the language the artist intends to perform the song in at Eurovision 2016.

Potential entries are to be uploaded to RUV’s official website, here. The deadline for submitting songs will be November 2.


Iceland was represented by Maria Olafs at Eurovision 2015 and her song, Unbroken. She failed to qualify for the grand final, finishing in 15th place in semi-final two.



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