Móa:”The staging will complement the dramatic”

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, Móa. She told us what can we expect from her performance this Saturday, you can check the interview below.

How was your reaction when you heard you will be at Söngvakeppnin 2023?
I was very excited and thankful when I was contacted with the news that my song had been chosen in the National Selection. I was running on the treadmill in the gym when I got the phonecall and the news were very encouraging for the running session! I knew I was in for an adventure.

What are your expectations from the contest and what made you submit a song to Söngvakeppnin?
It‘s a great honor in itself to have your song chosen out of so many songs and my expectation from the contest is to really enjoy the ride. I recently made a comeback to the music scene after a long break (where Istudied theology and education studies). I was prominent and active in the music scene both locally and internationally around the millenium and was for example signed to the American Hip Hop label Tommy Boy who released my album Universal. After rekindling my love for music, I discovered that my music writing had evolved during my long break and I was drawn to a more simple outlook, focusing on my vocals and the piano. I am currently working on new material with Iceland/Sweden producer Arnar Guðjónsson and there was this one song that stood out. My intuition told me to submit it to Söngvakeppnin, so here we are.

Your song for the National Selection is called “Glötuð ást/Lose This Dream”, what is it about, what’s the message behind it?
Glötuð ást/Lose this dream is a breakup song, written in hindsight. It‘s about the end of love and the lyrics revolve around the aknowledgment that both parties will inevitably be hurt. But essentially, by letting go – by losing the dream – it will set you free to find a better place.

How will the staging be at Söngvakeppnin 2023? What can we expect from your performance?
The staging will complement the dramatic but simple nature of the song with a touch of classical glamour. A strong vocal performance, surrounded by backing vocals.

In case of winning the selection, have you thought in which language you will sing at Eurovision?
I would sing it in english.

Which of the other contestants are you excited to see on Söngvakeppnin this year? And who do you consider to be your biggest competitor?
I am excited to see all the other acts as I haven‘t seen any of them yet on stage. This will definitely be a great show. As I said before I‘m in this to enjoy the ride so I‘m just focusing on that at the moment.

Do you follow Eurovision? If so, could you tell us your favorite entries from the contest?
I have followed Eurovision every year ever since I was a little girl. My first recollection of Eurovision was „Hallelujah“ by Milk and Honey with Gali. I was blown away by the song, the staging and the glamour of it all. Recent favorite entries are Rise like a Phoenix by Conchita Wurst 2014 and Euphoria by Loreen 2012.

Any other plans for 2023? Can we expect new music from Móa?
I‘m working on new material and hopefully some of it will be released this year!

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?
Enjoy the ride everybody! All will be well!

You can listen to Móa’s song for Söngvakeppnin 2023 here:

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