It has been over a week since RÚV closed the submissions for its Eurovision 2023 selection Söngvakeppnin. The broadcaster has confirmed to Eurovoix that it has received 132 submissions for the 2023 edition of its national selection.
RUV will once again use its national final Söngvakeppnin to select its Eurovision 2023 song. The semi-finals will take place on the 18th and 25th of February, while the final will take place on March 4th, 2023. Ten songs will compete for four places in the final, however, the jury reserves the right to select a fifth song to compete in the final after the semi-finals are complete.
The submissions received by RUV are currently being assessed and will be selected by representatives of FTT, FÍH, and RÚV, with experienced and popular songwriters also invited to take part. The ten successful participants will be revealed in a press conference in January 2023.
Iceland’s Eurovision journey
Iceland made its debut on the Eurovision stage in 1986, finishing 16th with the song “Gleðibankinn” (Bank of fun) by ICY. In their 34 appearances, Iceland has finished in top 10 an impressive 7 times. Their best result to date is second place, which they have achieved twice. The first time was in 1999, where Selma Björnsdóttir received 146 points for her performance of “All out of luck”. The second time was in 2009, with Yohanna singing “Is It True” and receiving 218 points. Iceland’s most recent representative on the Eurovision stage was Systur, singing “Með hækkandi sól”, finishing 23rd with 20 points.
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News Source: Eurovoix/RUV
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