As almost always, Iceland will select a song and an artist for Eurovision via their traditional song contest – “Söngvakeppnin“.
Earlier today, Icelandic broadcaster RÚV confirmed Eurovision 2023 participation, as well as initial details about the selection process for Eurovision 2023
Söngvakeppnin 2023 – Full Details
- The submission window for songs opened today (29th of August 2022) and will close on the 4th of October 2022.
- Each song must be submitted in Icelandic (English version is allowed as an additional one).
- Representatives of FTT, FÍH and RÚV will listen to the submitted songs and will narrow down the list to 10 songs.
- Some established Icelandic writers and composers will be invited to submit songs.
- However, the selection process is open for everyone, from beginners and rising stars to established musicians.
- The selection process will include 3 televised shows: 2 semi-finals and a grand final.
- The semi-finals will be held on the 18th of February 2023 and 25th of February 2023.
- The grand final will be held on the 4th of March 2023.
- 5 artists will compete in each semi-final.
- The semi-finals results will be determined by a public vote, while the final international jury will be involved as well.
- 4 artists (2 from each semi-final) will qualify for the final.
- The professional committee will have the right to save another song (in a wild-card format), so the final may include 5 songs.
- Each song will be performed in Icelandic language in the semi-finals. The finalists will have the right to perform a version in another language in the final (English for instance)
In recent years, foreign superstars from the Eurovision world have crowded into the Hall on the final night, people like Tusse, Eleni Foureira, Alexander Rybak, Loreen and Måns Zelmerlöw. That will not change this year.
The shortlisted artists and their songs will be revealed in January 2023.
Group Systur (Siga, Beta and Elin) represented Iceland at Eurovision 2022 with the folk song “Með Hækkandi Sól” (Eng: With the Rising Sun). They finished in the 23rd place in the final
What are your expectations from Iceland in Eurovision 2023?
Will we see some familiar faces and names in the selection?
Will we get a song in the Icelandic language?
Will a solo singer represent the country for the first time since 2018?