Back in August, RÚV, the Icelandic national broadcaster, confirmed the return of national selection Söngvakeppnin for 2023. This week, it was confirmed that they had received 130 submissions.
Towards the end of the summer, the Icelandic broadcaster RÚV confirmed their participation in next year’s contest in the United Kingdom by opening submissions for Söngvakeppnin. The submission window closed on October 4, with experienced songwriters also approached to compose entries.
This week, RÚV confirmed to Eurovoix that a total of 132 songs were submitted. The number of songs submitted this year is down 28 songs compared to Söngvakeppnin 2022.
The acts competing in the selection will be revealed in January, with the live selection starting in February. Overall ten entries will participate, the format is set to follow the previous editions, with two Semi-Finals and a Final, (as well as a Superfinal stage). In the Semi-Finals, two songs will be selected via the public vote, with a fifth finalist being determined by a jury save. However, in the Final, the Superfinalists will be determined by a 50/50 public and jury vote. The winner ultimately being determined by a final televote.
Söngvakeppnin 2023 live show dates:
- Semi-Final 1 – February 18
- Semi-Final 2 – February 25
- Final – March 4
Iceland in the Eurovision Song Contest
Back in 1986 Iceland made their Eurovision debut in Bergen with vocal trio ICY and their entry, ‘Gleðibankinn‘. During the contest they placed 16th with 19 points. Despite their underdog stature, Iceland have achieved seven top 10 results. Meanwhile they have only failed to qualify for the Grand Final on seven occasions. Their best results came in 1999 and 2009, finishing runner-up both times. Firstly with Selma and ‘All Out Of Luck‘ and secondly with Yohanna and ‘Is It True?‘.
Last year the Icelandic public chose Systur and ‘Með hækkandi sól’ through Söngvakeppnin 2022. During the Turin contest the trio qualified for the Grand Final and placed 23rd with 20 points.
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