RUV, the Icelandic national broadcaster has announced today that it has received a total of 297 songs for the 2014 Icelandic Eurovision national selection. The Icelandic broadcaster has received 25% more songs than last year, thus showcasing the popularity of the Eurovision Song Contest in Iceland.
Now a special jury will have the resposibility to go through all the received entries and deliberate the acts/songs that will qualify for the 2014 Icelandic national selection. An annoucement revealing the names of the songs and acts that will compete in the Icelandic national selection is expected by mid November.
The 2014 Icelandic national selection is set to kick off after Christmas. RUV will be releasing more information in due course.
Iceland debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1986 and is yet to win the event. The Scandinavian island has come close to winning the event twice in 1999 with Selma's All out of luck and in 2009 with Yohanna's Is it true, both placing 2nd.
Eythor Ingi represented Iceland at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest in Malmo with Ég á líf, placing 17th.