Another confirmation, another set of dates for a Eurovision 2023 national selection.
Earlier this week Iceland‘s broadcaster RÚV confirmed its participation in the next edition of Eurovision and released details about its selection process. Once again it will utilise Söngvakeppnin — its annual song festival that welcomes artists and composers, whether they’re consecrated stars or young up-and-comers.
The two semifinals of Söngvakeppnin 2023 will be held on February 18 and 25 and the grand final on March 4. As in recent years, ten songs will compete to represent Iceland in Eurovision 2023, with five in each semi-final. Two songs will qualify from each semi to compete in the final. The executive committee reserves the right to send one more song to the final, on top of the existing four qualifiers. In this case, there will be five songs in the final.
All are welcome to submit songs. Submissions will be analysed by a special selection committee, made up of representatives of FTT (the Icelandic Society of Authors & Composers), FÍH (the Icelandic Musicians Union) and RÚV. This will result in the selection of 10 semi-finalists.
RÚV encourages the composer and the artists to submit songs across a variety of genres and style. That fits with Iceland’s rich history of sending everything from folk songs to soaring ballads to euro-dance. Submissions can be made at songvakeppnin.is. The deadline is Tuesday, October 4, at midnight.
As ever, you can expect beloved Eurovision artists to be invited to perform as guests. In recent years Iceland has welcomed stars like Eleni Foureira, Tusse, Loreen and Måns Zelmerlöw.
Last year’s winners of Söngvakeppnin 2022, the lovely trio Systur, proudly carried the Icelandic flag in Turin, Italy. They placed 23rd in the final with their breezy, folk-leaning song about the sunrise.
Producers will reveal the artists and songs in January