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EUROVISION 2023 | DILJA – ICELAND : “Don’t let your shadows get in the way of what you want to do.”

EUROVISION 2023 | DILJA – ICELAND : “Don’t let your shadows get in the way of what you want to do.”

Diljá Pétursdóttir, known mononymously as Diljá,  is set to represent Iceland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 with the song “Power“. Diljá made her name by participating in the talent show Íceland Got Talent in 2015. In 2020, she moved to Copenhagen, where she alternated her studies in physiotherapy with singing lessons.

In January 2023, Diljá was confirmed among the 10 participants in the annual Söngvakeppnin, the festival used to select the Icelandic representative in the Eurovision Song Contest. On 18 February, she presented her unreleased single Lifandi inni í mér during the first semi-final, and qualified for the final. At the final on 4 March, she presented the English-language Eurovision version of her song, Power. She went on to win the competition, beating Langi Seli og Skuggarnir in the superfinal, making her the Icelandic representative at the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 in Liverpool.

We get to Iceland today and we meet the lovely Dilja in a new exclusive interview dedicated by us to the entire Eurovision phenomenon. 


What does the Eurovision competition really mean to you?

I have always been a huge Eurovision fan. Almost every single person in Iceland watches Eurovision, it’s kind of like a holiday. Eurovision season is my favorite season of the year because it’s all about music and harmony. It really means the world to me that I’m getting the opportunity to participate this year.


What defines you as an artist? And how can you describe yourself in 3 Eurovision songs?

I always give everything I have into every single performance. I love working with other people making music and/or performing. To be finally 100% working as an artist is a dream coming true. I don’t fit into a box of one music genre so the 3 Eurovision songs that I relate to the most are Zitti E Buoni, Amar Pelos Dois and Birds.


What is the story and the message of your song and how much do you find yourself in the song?

Don’t let your shadows get in the way of what you want to do or have negative effect on  experiences you want to enjoy. Your shadows are not behind the wheel, you are.

I can relate and feel the lyrics and the energy of the song alot. That’s why I love performing it.


What details can you give us regarding your show on the stage?

I can guarantee you that I will give all the energy that my body can possibly give.


What song of the other chosen do you like the most?

Tattoo by Loreen, the queen.


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What will be next after Eurovision?

Make more music, release more music and keep on grabbing every opportunity to grow as an artist.


For the end, share a message to all your European fans and to Daily Magazine readers!

You hold the power of your own life – you are behind the wheel – don’t give your shadows the power to rob you of good moments!




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