Icelandic broadcaster RÚV has revealed more details about the shows for this year’s edition of Söngvakeppnin.
Hosts and more revealed
Söngvakeppnin 2023 will be hosted by musician Unnsteinn Manuel Stefánsson, TV presenter Ragnhildur Steinunn Jónsdóttir and Sigurður Þorri Gunnarsson, broadcaster and music director of Rás 2. Ragnhildur returns to hosting Söngvakeppnin this year, with Unnsteinn Manuel and Sigurður Þorri (who often goes by Siggi Gunnars) making their debut.
RÚV also revealed more information about the technical team for the competition:
- Director and Choreographer: Lee Proud
- Music Director and Vocal Coach: Kristjana Stefánsdóttir
- Stylist: Anna Clausen
- Hair and Make Up: Hörpu Kára
- Director of Photography: Björn Helgason
- Director of Sound: Gísli Kjaran
- Visual, Lighting and Stage Design: Luxor
- Producers: Salóme Þorkelsdóttir and Þórs Freysson
- Executive board: Rúnar Freyr Gíslason, Björg Magnúsdóttir, Ragnhildur Steinunn Jónsdóttir, Salóme Þorkelsdóttir and Gísli Berg.
The shows will take place in the Söngvakeppnishöllin in Gufunesi.
If you would like to attend any of the shows for Söngvakeppnin 2023, tickets will be available to purchase from midday local time (13.00 CET) on 1st February at tix.is. Tickets will be available for both semi-finals, the final dress rehearsal on 3rd March and the grand final.
Furthermore, RÚV has also announced that a warm-up show for this year’s competition, #12Stig (#12Points), will be held on 11th February. This show will be an opportunity for viewers to get to know this year’s artists better.
About Söngvakeppnin 2023
Ten songs will compete to represent Iceland at Eurovision 2023. The songs and artists will be revealed on a launch show, Lögin í Söngvakeppninni, which will be broadcast on RÚV at 19.45 local time (20.45 CET). The launch show will include excerpts from each of the competing entries, following which they will be available to listen in full on RÚV’s website and Spotify.
The semi-finals of Söngvakeppnin 2023 will take place on the 18th and 25th of February, while the final will take place on March 4th. The 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. 137 songs were submitted for consideration in this edition.
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.
Are you excited to hear the entries for Söngvakeppnin 2023? Who would you like to see represent Iceland next year? As always, let us know what you think by commenting below. Also, be sure to follow “That Eurovision Site” on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok as we gear up for Eurovision 2023!
News Source: RÚV
Photo Credit: EBU/Sarah Louise Bennett