Interest's been high for next year's Icelandic national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, especially when it comes to submitting entries for participation. That's one of the reasons why their broadcaster RUV has decided to release some information about their selection process for 2016.
The national selection of Iceland for the Eurovision Song Contest, Söngvakeppnin, is one of the biggest TV-events in Iceland. They are celebrating its 30th Anniversary next year, "so we are diving into the preparations with big enthusiasm!" shared their broadcaster RUV.
Iceland first entered the competition in 1986 in Bergen, Norway, after having broadcast the show for many years. Their debut Gleðibankinn by Icy didn't exactly prove a success with the juries that night ending at number 16, but the country has already been close to winning twice, in 1999 with Selma's All Out Of Luck and in 2009 with Yohanna's Is It True? both finishing 2nd in the final ranking. Last year they were represented in the second Semi-Final by Maria Olafs and the song Unbroken.
Here are some important things about the rules of Söngvakeppnin 2016, especially regarding the participation of non-Icelandic songwriters in the competition:
Iceland will compete in one of the two Semi-Finals of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Stockholm, on the 10th and 12th of May 2016.