Iceland will choose an artist and a song for Eurovision 2023 via “Söngvakeppnin 2023”.
According to Icelandic broadcaster RÚV, the submission window closed with 132 submissions.
For “Söngvakeppnin 2022“, RÚV has received 158 songs.
Söngvakeppnin 2023 – Full Details
- The submission window for songs opened on the 29th of August 2022 and closed on the 4th of October 2022.
- Each song must be submitted in Icelandic (the 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.
- The shortlisted artists and their songs will be revealed on the 28th of January 2023. On this date, we will have the official songs on YouTube, as well as revealing of the acts on special show on RÚV
- On the 11th of February, we will be able to watch “12 Stig” – a special tribute where all the artists will be interviewed.
- Some established Icelandic writers and composers were invited to submit songs.
- However, the selection process was open to 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 dates for “Söngvakeppnin 2023” are:
- Semi-Final 1: 18th of February 2023
- Semi-Final 2: 25th of February 2023.
- Grand Final: 4th of March 2023
- 5 artists will compete in each semi-final.
- The semi-final 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 the 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.
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 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?