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Iceland to select representative for Eurovision 2023 on 4 March

The submission window for potential candidates to represent Iceland at Eurovision 2023 is now open. The decision will be made on 4 March through the country's national selection, Söngvakeppnin

Iceland will be competing at next year's Eurovision Song Contest to be held in the United Kingdom.

The country confirmed its participation recently as well as the return of its national selection: Söngvakeppnin. The submissions for potential entries is now open until 4 October and the dates for the three shows have already been revealed:

  • 18 February 2023: Semi-Final 1
  • 25 February 2023: Semi-Final 2
  • 4 March: Final

The format won't suffer much changes from the past years and will continue to have a total of ten competing songs. The final is expected to feature four songs that can go up to five if the competition's executive committe decides to put one more song through the finals.

In the release, RÚV confirms that internatational Eurovision stars have already been approached to perform at the show's final and encourages "all composers and lyricists in the country to submit songs and thus continue to shape Iceland's musical history".

Regardless of the open submission of songs, RÚV confirms that experienced and popular songwriters will also be approached to be part of the competition.

The shortlist of songs will be announced in January of 2023.

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Iceland's debut in Eurovision Song Contest was back in 1986, and has been participating 34 times since.

Best result are two second-places with Yohanna in 2009 and Selma in 1999.

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Since the introduction of Semi-finals in 2004 Iceland qualified to the Grand Final 11 out of 18 times.

Iceland is the only Northern European country that has yet to win the Eurovision Song Contest.

About the author: Pedro Santos (Portugal)

authorPedro comes from Lisbon, Portugal. He's 29 years old and graduated in journalism. He has attended Eurovision Song Contest twice - 2018 and 2019 - but his first Eurovision memory takes him back to 2007 when Sarbel delivered his catchy "Yassou Maria" performance. Pedro's favorite Eurovision song is Albania's 2015 "I'm Alive" by Elhaida Dani which is also his favorite Eurovision edition.

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