Celebs:”We wrote both versions at the same time and are equally attached to them”

On Saturday, Iceland will begin the search for its Eurovision representative. 5 participants will compete this week in the first semi-final of Söngvakeppnin and we had the pleasure of speaking with one of them, Celebs. They told us what can we expect from their performance this Saturday, you can check the interview below.

Hello Celebs and thank you for taking your time for ESCBubble! First of all, how was your reaction when you heard you will be at Söngvakeppnin 2023?
We were ecstatic! We’ve all been working in music for some time and it feels like it’s been leading to this moment. Everything is falling into place at the right time.

What are you expectations from the contest and what made you submit a song to Söngvakeppnin?
We’re expecting to have fun and hope people will have fun as well! We had been thinking about it for a little while and didn’t have to put too much thought into it, it just kinda made sense to us. We’re all about the show and when given the opportunity to have a go on the biggest stage within our reach, you can’t really say no.

We know Eurovision is quite popular in your country and in recent years Iceland got some good results by sending a band, does that make you feel more confident about your chances in the selection?
We think we’re confident in the group of people we have working on this project. Everyday has been such a great experience working with a group of positive and creative people that has exceeded our expectations.

Can you tell us the story of Celebs? Who came up with the name and how was the band formed?
The name is kinda all about the fake it till’ you make it attitude. Doing something a little out of your comfort zone is also good for you haha! We were spending christmas at home at our parents (we’re siblings), and just had been talking about how we felt there was a party band hole that needed to be filled. We wanted to do a proper live project that didn’t have to take itself too seriously, without being unfaithful and have it be a bit, just a fun one with a bit of heart and a bit of an edge.

Your song for the National Selection is called “Doomsday Dancing”, what is it about, what’s the message behind it?
It’s just how we feel with all of the anxiety that is being flooded on people with the state of the world and how we sometimes just need a little break from it all. Maybe, even dance a little. It’s about how consumers should sometimes give themselves a little break once in a while and let loose.

How will the staging be at Söngvakeppnin 2023? What can we expect from your performance?
Organized chaos.

In case of winning the selection, have you thought in which language you will sing at Eurovision?
We would go with the english one. We wrote both versions at the same time and are equally attached to them, but the english just makes sense for us.

What are your favorite Eurovision songs of all time?
Lífið er lag by Model. It ended up in second place I think in 1987 here in Iceland and is a total banger! Then when we started writing Doomsday Dancing the first step was to figure out the bpm of Selma’s All Out Of Luck and we were off! So I think we owe those two a lot.

Any other plans for 2023? Can we expect new music from Celebs?
You never know, we’re just kind of seeing how this all pans out at the moment. But we’ll be doing something, that’s for sure.

In the end, I want to thank you for your time and please, if you have a message for your fans and our readers here on ESCBubble?
It was our pleasure! We’re just really looking forward to showing everyone what we have been working on. And remember to have fun, that’s it, that’s the message.

You can listen to Celebs song for Söngvakeppnin here:

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