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Electric dreams from Iceland: Diljá’s got the p-p-p-power

07 May 2023 at 15:08 CEST
Diljá from Iceland in the Eurovision 2023 studio Corinne Cumming / EBU
Diljá’s got Eurovision in her hand, and she’s representing Iceland at the 2023 Contest with her song ‘Power.’ There’s no holding this superstar back.
Diljá rehearsing Power for Iceland at the Second Rehearsal of the Second Semi-Final at Liverpool Arena Sarah Louise Bennett / EBU

The Icelandic singer is new to the pop scene, but she smashed her way through Iceland’s national selection competition, Söngvakeppnin. She stepped up against 9 other acts across the semi-finals, with Power getting her to the Super Final - which she won. With the Söngvakeppnin crown firmly on Diljá’s head, could she take home Iceland’s first ever Eurovision win?

As a shock to no-one, Diljá’s first rehearsal on Tuesday 2 May came with some serious energy. She burst onto the stage wearing electric silver and gave a super-charged performance all on her own. Power is all about self-empowerment, and her confident first rehearsal was fizzing with that vibe; not to mention the divine shades of purple and green that were emanating from the video wall and bathing her in a regal light.

Diljá rehearsing Power for Iceland at the First Rehearsal of the Second Semi-Final at Liverpool Arena Corinne Cumming / EBU

Despite Diljá’s contagious energy, the official Eurovision Live Blog managed to sit still long enough to document what was happening at the rehearsal. It noted: "She moves really well, covering the whole stage with high kicks and gymnastic moves - it's a really compelling combination of vocal and physical strength, that feels like nothing else at Eurovision this year."

Coming from Europe’s most westerly island (unless we’re counting Greenland. It’s complicated), Diljá has a lot of love for island life. So much so that she’s completely obsessed with the British TV dating show, Love Island, and follows all the contestants across all social media platforms.

Diljá’s top tunes include several from sultry singer Lana Del Rey, who always casts a serious mood. She’s also a fan of Billie Eilish’s Wish You Were Gay and Beyoncé’s Hold Up - and Say No To This from the musical Hamilton makes a well-deserved appearance.

“I’ve always been a ball of energy and I try to use it for good!” Diljá told the Official Eurovision Song Contest Podcast. But with her passion for Crossfit, gymnastics, and physiotherapy, how has she made room for music? “Singing has always been my priority above everything else,” she explained. When she tore a ligament, she felt like it was the universe’s way of telling her to focus more on music.

There’s more from Diljá on Episode 9 of the Official Eurovision Song Contest Podcast.

Diljá rehearsing Power for Iceland at the First Rehearsal of the Second Semi-Final at Liverpool Arena
Chloe Hashemi / EBU

You can learn more about Diljá from Iceland right here.

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The Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Malmö, Sweden on Tuesday 7 May (First Semi-Final), Thursday 9 May (Second Semi-Final) and Saturday 11 May (Grand Final) 2024.

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