State broadcaster RÚV has launched its search for the much anticipated successor to Hera Björk, in the Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsins 2011. Organisers have previously stated that all entries are to be performed in Icelandic in next year’s edition of the competition.
According to rules posted on the official website of Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsins, an Icelandic version of next year’s entry can still be performed in whatever language RÚV see fit to use in the Eurovision Song Contest The rules for next year’s competition also stipulate that only Icelandic composers or those resident in Iceland are allowed to submit entries, but are permitted to collaborate with non Icelandic nationals; previous entries that have involved a collaboration between Icelandic and foreign composers are from 2005 (Linda Thompson), 2007 & 2008 (Peter Fenner) as well as Iceland’s biggest success during the last decade, 2009 (Chris Neill).
The deadline for submissions has been set until midnight on the 18th October. RÚV have yet to divulge further details of next year’s competition format. Whether or not the same format for previous editions is to be used for 2011 has yet to be confirmed by the broadcaster. Watch this space for further updates!