With only a few hours to go until Iceland selects its Eurovision 2023 representative, Icelandic broadcaster RÚV has reveled the International Jury which will be helping select their representative for Liverpool.
10 jurors have been revealed
The jurors, their profession and where they are from are as follows:
- Lovísa Elísabet Sigrúnardóttir (Lay Low) – Musician – Iceland
- Jón Ólafsson – Musician – Iceland
- Jóhann Kristófer Stefánsson (Joey Christ) – Artist – Iceland
- Gugusar (Guðlaug Sóley Höskuldsdóttir) – Musician – Iceland
- Gaute Ormåsen – Eurovision Contestant 2022 – Norway
- Ersin Parlak – Music Agent and Media Representative of San Marino in Eurovisison – Turkey
- Ramūnas Zilnys – Music Director at Lithuanian National Radio – Lithuania
- Helena Nilsson – Social Media Manager – Sweden
- Ihan Haydar – Eurovision Contestant 2022 – Denmark
- Emely Griggs – Program Director at Australian National Television – Australia
They vote of the International Jury will account for 50% of the result in the First Round of the voting, which will select the two artists for the second round of voting, which will select Iceland’s Eurovision 2023 representative, solely by Televote.
About Söngvakeppnin 2023
Söngvakeppnin 2023 will once again be hosted by TV presenter and Söngvakeppnin executive board member Ragnhildur Steinunn Jónsdóttir. Joining her this year are musician Unnsteinn Manuel Stefánsson and Rás 2 music director Sigurður Þorri Gunnarsson (also known as Siggi Gunnars), both of whom are making their Söngvakeppnin hosting debut.
The running order for tonight’s show, is as follows:
|Running Order||Artist||Song Title||Version|
|1||Sigga Ózk||Dancing Lonely||English|
|2||Bragi||Sometimes the World’s Against You||English|
|5||Langi Seli og Skuggarnir||OK||Icelandic|
Iceland’s Eurovision journey
Iceland made its debut on the Eurovision stage in 1986, finishing 16th with the song “Gleðibankinn” by ICY. In its 34 appearances at the contest, Iceland has finished in the top ten an impressive seven times. Iceland’s best result to date is second place, achieved twice. The first time was in 1999, when Selma Björnsdóttir received 146 points for her performance of “All Out of Luck.” The second time was in 2009, with Yohanna’s “Is It True,” which received 218 points. Iceland’s most recent Eurovision representative was Systur, whose “Með hækkandi sól” placed 23rd with 20 points in 2022.
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News Source: RÚV
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