RÚV has confirmed to ESC Views that Iceland is “very likely” to participate in Eurovision 2017 in Ukraine.
In an e-mail sent to ESC Views, Hera Ólafsdóttir – the Head of Acquisitions and Co-Productions of RÚV – stated:
RÚV has not yet made an official statement about the participation in the ESC 2017, but it is very likely – we usually do.
Ólafsdóttir confirmed afterwards that an official confirmation will be made in the coming months. It is unclear whether Iceland will use the same national final procedure – Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsins – or revert to an internal selection.
Iceland will celebrate its 30th entry to the Eurovision Song Contest next year, should it confirm participation. Iceland has been participating since 1986, being absent only in 1998 and 2002, due to relegation. The country’s best result has been second place in 1999 and 2009, but has also come last twice in 1989 and 2001, the former of which garnered no points. This year, Iceland was represented by Greta Salóme with “Hear them Calling”, which failed to qualify for the final, finishing in 14th place.
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