ESC 2023 Song Review: “Power” by Diljá (Iceland)

1) The Result

In one of the more surprising qualifications, Systur reached the final despite the odds being against them, but ultimately that was their victory, as they finished in 23rd place.

2) The Process

Despite being one of the smaller national selections (and Iceland one of the smallest countries, of course), Söngvakeppnin usually punches above its weight, although we’ve seen better editions than this year’s offering. Diljá seemed to be the most likely winner early on.

3) The Artist

One of several musical debutants at this year’s contest, 21 year-old Diljá first appeared on the musical radar by participating in Ísland Got Talent in 2015, but this is her debut single.

4) The Song

Power-ballad, but make it electronic. It has a fairly familiar thudding beat, but for the most part it’s Diljá’s voice that gives the song colour and movement. The last 30 seconds is the highlight of the track as she tests her vocals to the limit.

5) The Verdict

I’ll admit to having a bit of a bias towards Iceland, as Söngvakeppnin was probably the first national selection process I start following, thanks to its accessibility (i.e. only around 10 songs). However, I genuinely enjoy the song even though it isn’t anything particularly ground-breaking. While I might be happy to hear it come up on the playlist, it seems a long shot for qualification even in the weaker second semi.

My ranking: 11th