Europa Song Contest Wiki
Europa Song Contest Wiki
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Broadcaster RÚV
Selection process Söngvakeppnin
Appearances 8 (7 finals)
Debut ESC #02
Best result 1st: #04, #06
Worst result 14th SF: #02

Iceland debuted in the second edition of Europa Song Contest and has participated in every edition since then. The Icelandic broadcaster, RÚV, has been in charge for the country's participation since the second edition. The broadcaster started hosting Söngvakeppnin.

Iceland has two victories. The first victory of the country was achieved by Gladius ft. Klara Elias in the fourth edition with the song "The Lunatics" and the second victory was achieved by iLL Blu ft. Glowie in the sixth edition with the song "Tribalist". However, Birgir Stefánsson brought the first and to date only non-qualification to Iceland in the second edition, when he came fourteenth in the semi-final with the song "Last For Long" and therefore failed to gain enough points to qualify for the final.

History of Iceland in the Europa Song Contest

Greta Salóme performing "Running Out Of Time" during the grand final in Reykjavík.

RÚV has shown interest on participating in the contest very early. They confirmed their debut a few hours after the submissions of the contest had opened. They started hosting Söngvakeppnin since the fourth edition. Their best result is so far one victory in the fourth edition while their worst result is the fourteenth place in the semi-final achieved in the second edition. Iceland host the contest in the fifth edition, in Reykjavik and choose internal Greta Salóme with the song "Running Out Of Time".

Contestants & Results

Table key
     Second place
     Third place
     Last place
     Automatically qualified to the final
     Did not qualify for the final
     Did not compete or was disqualified
     Did not qualify from the heats
Edn. Host city Artist Song Final Points Semi Points
#02 px Oldenburg Birgir Stefánsson "Last For Long"
Failed to qualify
14 55
#03 px Malmö Thorsteinn Einarsson "Aurora" 24 41 3 95
#04 px Thessaloniki Gladius ft. Klara Elias "The Lunatics" 1 330 2 204
#05 px Reykjavík Greta Salóme "Running Out Of Time" 8 225 Host Country
#06 px Dnipro iLL Blu ft. Glowie "Tribalist" 1 410 1 245
#07 px Akranes Blissful "Find A Way" 14 191 Host Country
#08 px Sarajevo Hildur "Water" 8 250 3 217

Voting history

The tables list the points given or received by Iceland in the semi-finals, the finals and a total of both. However, the points given in Pre-Qualification Rounds are not included. Poland is currently the country that has received the most points from Iceland while Poland is the country that has given the most points to Iceland.

Iceland has given the most points to...
(finals only)

Rank Country Points
1 Flag of Poland.png Poland 59
2 Flag of Italy.png Italy 36
3 Flag of Hungary.png Hungary 30
4 Flag of United Kingdom.png UK 25
5 Flag Of Greece.png Greece 24

Iceland has received the most points from...
(finals only)

Rank Country Points
1 Flag of Montenegro.png Montenegro 49
2 Flag of Poland.png Poland 48
3 Flag of Norway.png Norway 45
4 Flag of Bulgaria.png Bulgaria 42
5 Flag of Estonia.png Estonia 41

Iceland has given the most points to...
(semi-finals and finals)

Rank Country Points
1 Flag of Poland.png Poland 80
2 Flag of Israel.png Israel 70
3 Flag of Italy.png Italy 51
4 Flag of Moldova.png Moldova 50
Flag Of Greece.png Greece
5 Flag of Turkey.png Turkey 47

Iceland has received the most points from...
(semi-finals and finals)

Flag of Switzerland.pngSwitzerland
Rank Country Points
1 Flag of Poland.png Poland 86
2 Flag of Israel.png Israel 82
3 Flag of Estonia.png Estonia 73
Flag of Portugal.png Portugal
4 Flag of Norway.png Norway 72
5 Flag of Azerbaijan.png Azerbaijan 71

Commentators and spokespersons

Since the second edition there have been different commentators and spokespersons for Iceland. However, all the events were broadcasted by RÚV, on both radio and television. George Rospier have been the one semi-final and final television commentator, all serving for different editions.

The spokespersons have been different in each edition except the third and the fourth.

Edition(s) Final television commentator Semi-finals television commmentator Radio commentator Spokesperson Broadcaster
ESC #02 George Rospier Gísli Marteinn Baldursson Kristbjörg Kjeld RÚV
ESC #03 Greta Salóme
ESC #04 Greta Salóme
ESC #05 María Ólafs
ESC #06 Sylvia Erla
ESC #07 Glowie


Iceland has hosted two editions of the contest: the fifth and the seventh edition.

Edition Location Venue Presenters
#05 Reykjavík Laugardalshöll Glowie
#07 Akranes Akranesvöllur Greta Salóme

Other contests

OGAE Second Chance Contest

The contest takes place during the contest, usually during the second semi-final of the respective edition. It is not an televised event, but only through YouTube. Iceland debuted in the second edition, held for the fourth edition.

Edn. Artist Song Final Points Place in SV
#04 Hildur "Næsta Sumar" 1 42 4th
#05 Did not participate
#06 Greta Salóme "Wildfire" 2 62 2nd
#07 Nova Miller "Turn Up The Fire" 1 82 3rd
#08 BRÍET "In Too Deep" 2nd

See also