Iceland 2016: entry to be decided on February 20th
REYKJAVIÍK, ICELAND – 2016 is marking the 30th year from the very first entry of Iceland in the Eurovision Song Contest and the Icelandic national broadcaster is preparing for an all time selection. Through a series of semifinals and a final, Söngvakeppnin will be once again the show through which the country will decide the winner.
The two semifinals are set for February 6th and 13th respectively. Venue and ticket sales will be known in due time. In each semifinal 6 acts will compete from which 3 will proceed to the final. In the final 6 songs will compete along a 7th wildcard by the expert jury for the ticket to Stockholm, a decision which will be made by jury and tele voting
Only songwriters with an Icelandic citizenship, or those with a permanent residence in Iceland between the 1st of September 2015 and the 15th of May 2016, are allowed to submit songs in Söngvakeppnin 2016. However, Icelandic songwriters are allowed to co-write songs and lyrics with non-Icelandic songwriters in such way that two thirds (2/3) of the song and one half (1/2) of the lyrics must be by Icelandic composers/lyricists.
Although the songs are supposed to be performed in Icelandic in the semifinals, the artist can decide the language of performance for the final of the national selection.
Submissions due on November 2nd.