The Icelandic broadcaster has started its search for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 as a call for songs and singers has just been open. The semi-finals of Söngvakeppnin 2018 will take place on February 10th and 17th, while the final will be held in Laugardalshöll on March 3rd.
All interested singers and composers can send their applications from today until the 20th of October, 2017 through the following online form. This year RUV aims composers and singers to submit their songs based on diversity and looking for a wide variety of music styles. Artists must be Icelandic citizens or residents of Iceland. Foreign authors may be involved in entries, but at least 2/3 of the song and ½ of the lyrics must be written by Icelandic authors.
As in previous editions, 12 acts will be selected to compete in the live shows, but only 6 of them will go through to the final night following a 50/50 jury and televote split. Moreover, an additional finalist might be selected by the professional jury panel. The entries will be performed in Icelandic in the semifinals and in the language intended to be performed in at Eurovision during the final. The winner will be awarded the right to represent Iceland at Eurovision 2018 and a cash prize.
It’s been three years since the last time Iceland qualified for the Grand Final of Eurovision. Will they be lucky enough to go through in 2018?