Iceland: 132 entries submitted for the Eurovision national selection Söngvakeppnin 2023

Iceland: 132 entries submitted for the Eurovision national selection Söngvakeppnin 2023
Monday, 10 October 2022

  • The Icelandic national broadcaster has revealed that they have received 132 songs for the national selection show Söngvakeppnin 2023.

    Iceland will be deterining its Eurovision 2023 hopeful through the Söngvakeppnin 2023 selection format. During the submission period RUV has reveald that 132 songs came in by acts that ambition to represent the Nordic nation at Eurovision 2023. 

    This year's number of submissions is 28 less than last year's selection. Out of the 132 songs 10 acts will be shortlisted to take part in the national selection shows. The 10 candidates will be chosen by representatve from FTT, FÍH and RÚV, while established songwriters and composers will also hava a say in the preselection of the final 10. 

    Söngvakeppnin 2023, like in the previous year will consist of three shows, two semifinals and one final show. Tge Icelandic national selection will unfold according to the following dates: 

    • First Semi-Final – February 18
    • Second Semi-Final – February 25
    • Final – March 4

    The 10 competing entries of the 2023 selection will be released by RUV later in January.


    Iceland in Eurovision 

    The Nordic country, which debuted in Eurovision in 1986, was only absent at two editions of the contest, in 1998 and 2002, and that was due to low rankings that its entries received. It is the only country from the Scandinavic ones not to have won the contest, despite its best results  in 1999 with Selma and in 2009 with Yohana, when the country finished in the 2nd place

    In 2020 Daði & Gagnamagnið won the Icelandic national final, Söngvakeppnin 2020, and were set to represent the nation with their entry “Think About Things” . Although the contest was cancelled due to the covid-19 outbreak the Icelandic acts will had the chance to complete their Eurovision journey in 2021 with a new song. Daði & Gagnamagnið defended the Icelandic colors in Rotterdam performing '10 Years' which finished in the honorable 4th place of the Grand final.

    This year, the female band, Systur, formed by the three sisters,  Sigga, Beta and Elín won the national final with their song "Með Hækkandi Sól"  and flew the flag in Turin competing in the 1st semi final from which they qualified to the final in the 10th qualifying spot. In the Grand final the female trio finished 23rd with 20 points.


    News Source: RUV

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