With the submission deadline for sending potential entries into RÚV expiring on Monday, broadcaster RÚV have every reason to be satisfied with the result, as 150 entries were handed in by Eurovision hopefuls. According to Elísabet Linda Þórðardóttir, news anchor with the broadcaster the amount of entries is similar to previous years.
There has however been a slight downturn in the number of entries submitted, with 174 entries received in 2010 and a peak of 200 entries received in 2009. According to Elísabet Linda Þórðardóttir, a jury consisting of 5 to 6 Members now have the task of sifting through all entries, which should be completed by next week sometime. The names of the jury members are however not known. A list should however be drawn up and made public within the next fortnight to three weeks.
RÚV spokesperson Sigrún Stefánsdóttir reveals that a decision has not yet been made as to how many entries will feature in the final line up, although it has been disclosed that this year, no preliminary heats will be held. Instead there will be just one final which will as in previous years be hosted by Ragnhildur Steinunn Jónsdóttir. A decision has not yet been taken as to whether there will be two presenters as in last years’ contest. Ragnhildur tells of how co-host Guðmundur Gunnarsson did an amazing job, and how former Eurovision entrant Páll Óskar had been approached to host this year’s contest alongside Jónsdóttir, but had declined the offer.