Iceland: More information on Songvakeppnin 2023 released

Iceland: More information on Songvakeppnin 2023 released
Monday, 23 January 2023

  • More details on Söngvakeppnin 2023 have been revealed as Iceland looks ahead to its national selection for the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest 2023.

    Musician Unnsteinn Manuel Stefánsson, the presenter Ragnhildur Steinunn Jónsdóttir and broadcaster Sigurður Þorri Gunnarsson will be the hosts of the show. Lee Proud is back again to direct and choreograph the performances of the ten artists, while Kristjana Stefánsdóttir will be the music director.


    The songs participating in Söngvakeppnin 2023 are scheduled to be presented to the public for the first time on January 28. The unveiling ceremony will take place three weeks before the first semi-final. Songs will be available on after it airs.

    Tickets for the live performance of Söngvakeppnin 2023 will go on sale on on February 1 at 12:00 noon local time.


    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.

    Last 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.


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