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Systur represented Iceland at the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest in Turin

Iceland: 'Söngvakeppnin' 2023 lineup announced

28 January 2023 at 21:29 CET
Iceland’s Systur at the First Semi-Final EBU/Sarah Louise Bennett
Icelandic broadcaster RÚV has revealed the 10 artists and songs that will be competing in the 2023 edition of Söngvakeppnin.

On the evening of Saturday 28 January, Icelandic TV viewers got to meet the 10 acts hoping to represent Iceland at the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest. During Lögin í Söngvakeppninni 2023, a special broadcast dedicated to the reveal, RÚV also played clips of the 10 songs in the running to take that ticket to Liverpool. 

Sticking with the traditional format of 2 semi-finals and a final, Söngvakeppnin 2023 will commence on Saturday 18 February, with the winning song being chosen on Saturday 4 March. 5 songs compete in each semi-final, with 2 progressing to the final on both weeks. 

For Söngvakeppnin, each artist must sing their song in Icelandic in the semi-finals, and then if they progress to the final, they perform the song in the language they intend on singing in at the Eurovision Song Contest. Most artists therefore release the song both in Icelandic and in English.

Semi-final 1

Stundum Snýst Heimurinn Gegn Þér / Sometimes the World´s Against You

Glötuð ást / Lose This Dream

Þora / Brave Face

Dómsdags Dans / Doomsday Dancing

Lifandi inni í mér / Power

Semi-final 2

Kristín Sesselja
Óbyggðir / Terrified

Langi Seli og Skuggarnir

Silja Rós & Kjalar
Ég styð þína braut / Together We Grow

Betri Maður / Impossible

Sigga Ózk
Gleyma þér og dansa / Dancing Lonely

At the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest in Turin, the group Systur took Iceland to the Grand Final for the third Contest in a row, with their song Með Hækkandi Sól.

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