Diljá from Iceland (ESC Liverpool 2023) Photo: Helgi Ómars

Biography of Diljá

Diljá Pétursdóttir, an Icelandic singer known simply as Diljá, will represent Iceland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 with her song "Power". Diljá rose to fame after taking part in the talent show “Ísland Got Talent” in 2015. In 2020, she moved to Copenhagen to study physiotherapy and also took singing lessons.

In January 2023, Diljá was announced as one of the 10 participants in Söngvakeppnin, an annual festival that selects Iceland's representative for Eurovision. During the first semi-final on February 18, she performed her unreleased single "Lifandi inni í mér" and advanced to the final. At the final on March 4, she presented the English version of her song "Power" and won the competition, beating Langi Seli og Skuggarnir in the superfinal. "Lifandi inní mér" reached the 11th position on the Icelandic chart, while "Power" was placed 29th.

At just 21 years old, this talented singer is embarking on what could be a career-defining moment - her participation in the Icelandic national final and her representation of Iceland in the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Liverpool. Of course it takes an enormous amount of strength and determination to handle the pressure of such a high-profile competition, but this sporty young artist seems to be striking a healthy balance.

The Song

Song: Power
Writer(s): Diljá Pétursdóttir & Pálmi Ragnar Ásgeirsson
Composer(s): Diljá Pétursdóttir &  Pálmi Ragnar Ásgeirsson
Broadcaster: RÚV

Her contest entry “Power” speaks to the theme of overcoming the shadows of the past, and the music perfectly complements the empowering message of the song. All in all, it's a powerful message that is sure to resonate with listeners.

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