The five Nordic countries — that’s Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden — have won Eurovision a total of thirteen times between them. Sweden leads the way with six wins, while Iceland is the only nation in the mix that hasn’t yet cinched the title. The Icelanders, however, have tasted success. They finished as runners-up in both 1999 and 2009.
But that’s all in the past. Eurovision 2023 in Liverpool is the future. So we have to ask: Now that all five Nordic countries have chosen their artist and song, which is your favourite?
You can vote for as many countries as you’d like, but you can only vote one time. Be sure and click the box next to each country you want to support before hitting VOTE. You can scroll down to review the acts in case you’ve forgotten them…which is probably a bad sign for their chances!
What’s the best Nordic entry at Eurovision 2023?
Denmark: Reiley with “Breaking My Heart”
Faroese TikTok sensation Reiley brings a fresh electronic sound and a really intense vocal effect with “Breaking My Heart.” The song recounts Reiley’s heartbreak and the many feelings that flow from that — including pain, nostalgia, regret and, of course, love.
Finland: Käärijä with “Cha Cha Cha”
With “Cha Cha Cha,” the Finnish rapper moves from rage to joy — all with the help of a pina colada. “Finland is a party country, a heavy metal country and a pop country – this song brings all of those together,” Käärijä said ahead of the national final. He also brings a neon green bolero and a “piggy train” made of flamenco dancers. This is a WTF performance that really makes you smile.
Iceland: Diljá with “Power”
Diljá Pétursdóttir was first seen on the stage at the young age of 12 when she competed in Iceland’s Got Talent back in 2015. Eight years on she is channeling “Power” with her entry, which is all about inner strength and perseverance. Someone has done her wrong, but she knows she can look within for the solution. The song has drum ‘n bass elements, over which her voice dances and glides.
Norway: Alessandra with “Queen of the Kings”
Party Norwegian forest fantasy, part Norwegian sea shanty, “Queen of the Kings” is a dance number built on female empowerment. Alessandra shakes her hips with abandon and channels the strength and energy that she sings about. Sleek Norwegian lighting make this really pop.
Sweden: Loreen with “Tattoo”
“Tattoo” is a dark dance-pop track about holding on to the right love that’s arrived at the wrong time. Despite proclaiming “it’s time to say goodbye”, Loreen says “this is not the end” and retains hope that in the future stars will align and her love will thrive. With lyrics like “I don’t care about the pain, I’ll walk through fire and through rain”, Loreen promises she’ll do whatever it takes to get back to that person. The LED screens transport us to another world — one that’s at once abstract, but somehow natural and of the Earth. They help remove the audience from the picture entirely, suspending reality as we fall into Loreen’s sonic and visual universe.
Who did you vote for? Do you think any of these acts can exceed expectations when they hit Liverpool? Which acts can realistically make the final? Let us know in the comments down below.