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Iceland to host an alternative Eurovision 2020 show

RÚV is the most recent broadcaster to confirm an alternative Eurovision 2020 show. Okkar 12 Stig will determine who would've gotten the famous 12 points from Iceland

Being one of the favorites to win what would've been this year's Eurovision Song Contest, Iceland is not letting go of the show that easily despite its cancellation.

Just like many other countries - such as Australia, Norway or Sweden - Iceland's RÚV will be broadcasting their very own Eurovision 2020 show where a professional jury and the public will be asked for their votes.

Okkar 12 Stig

The method used will be Iceland's pre-Eurovision show Alla leið (English: All The Way) that will be divided into four episodes and give place to Okkar 12 stig (English: Our 12 Points).

On the first four episodes of Alla leið, the panel will go through Eurovision 2020 songs but it'll only be during the third episode, on 2 May, that the Icelandic public will get the chance to start voting for their favourite songs.

Two weeks later, on 12 May, RÚV will broadcast the 15 top voted songs and a new voting will be opened to determine who gets the Icelandic 12 points.

The winner will be revealed two days later, on 14 May, through the country's very own alternative show, Okkar 12 stig.

  • Saturday 18 April, 22:20: Alla leið – show 1
  • Saturday 25 April, 22:20: Alla leið – show 2
  • Saturday 2 May, 22:20: Alla leið – show 3
  • Saturday 9 May, 22:45: Alla leið – show 4
  • Tuesday 12 May, 21:40: Alla leið – Top 15
  • Thursday 14 May, 21:40: Okkar 12 stig (Our 12 Points)

All shows will be aired on RÚV. All times in CEST.

Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light is also confirmed to be broadcast by RÚV.

Iceland in Eurovision Song Contest

Iceland 1999: Selma Björnsdóttir - "All Out Of Luck"

Iceland's debut in Eurovision Song Contest was back in 1986, and has been participating 32 times since.

Best result are two second-places with Yohanna in 2009 and Selma in 1999.

Iceland 1999: Selma Björnsdóttir - "All Out Of Luck"

Since the introduction of Semi-finals in 2004 Iceland qualified to the Grand Final 9 out of 16 times.

Iceland is the only Northern European country that has yet to win the Eurovision Song Contest.

About the author: Pedro Santos (Portugal)

authorPedro comes from Lisbon, Portugal. He's 30 years old and graduated in journalism. He has attended Eurovision Song Contest three times live - 2018, 2019 and 2022 - and covered the show twice more (2021, 2023) but his first Eurovision memory takes him back to 2007 when Sarbel delivered his catchy "Yassou Maria" performance. Pedro's favorite Eurovision song is Albania's 2015 "I'm Alive" by Elhaida Dani which is also his favorite Eurovision edition.

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