In a letter to the Association of Icelandic songwriters, Páll Magnússon, the managing director of Icelandic television broadcaster RÚV has announced that all entries to Söngvakeppnin 2011 shall be performed entirely in Icelandic, claiming that it's an Icelandic song contest intended for the entertainment of Icelandic television viewers.
The statement has received mixed feelings amongst the Icelandic public, who for the most part support and prefer the Icelandic Eurovision entries to be performed in English.
Composers can submit their entries until midnight on 18 October. The selection process is open only to residents of Iceland. Icelandic composers are however allowed to collaborate with composers residing outside Iceland and each composer may enter a maximum of three songs.
The Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsins 2011 final was held on 12 February 2011.
Iceland sang in fourteenth position in the first semi-final of the contest, on 10 May, qualifying for the final. Alexandru Busa of Esctoday.com regarded the Icelandic song as one of the darkest horses in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest. In the final, the group got 20th, but also Hungary gave it 12 points.