As Cân i Gymru approaches, it’s time to announce the songs that have made the shortlist for Wales’s most anticipated competition.

Elin Fflur and Trystan Ellis-Morris are back to present the prestigious competition which will be broadcast live from Aberystwyth Arts Centre on Friday, 4 March. (Picture: S4C)

The panel of experts who selected the eight shortlisted songs are Dafydd Iwan, Betsan Haf Evans, Lily Beau and Elidyr Glyn.

“Being on the panel this year was really enjoyable, as many years have passed since I last had the privilege. The standard has improved dramatically, and the variety was amazing,” said Dafydd Iwan, the iconic musician who is about to celebrate 60 years in the industry.

“Taken into consideration that these songs were produced in leisure time, and many of the composers would never think of competing, as a nation we should celebrate our creativity and I’m really looking forward to hearing the final performances.”

Elidyr Glyn, winner of Cân i Gymru 2019, is also excited: “It’s a privilege to be invited to take part as a judge, and I’m delighted to be given this opportunity to contribute. Having been involved in the process of selecting the songs for the final part of the competition, I am eager to hear the views of the public as they vote for the winner.

Elidyr Glyn, winner of Cân i Gymru 2019 (Picture: S4C)

“Such a wide range of songs has made the final eight this year – in fact there were many more that could have secured a well-deserved place in the final. This year, I anticipate people will have more than one favourite, so it could be a really close competition.

“I’m looking forward to being part of the evening again and I wish all the composers and performers the best of luck.”

The eight songs that have been selected to compete for the chance to win £5,000 and the prestigious Cân i Gymru 2022 title, are:

Rhyfedd o Fyd by Elfed Morgan Morris and Carys Owen. Words by Emlyn Gomer Roberts. Performed by Elain Llwyd.

Cana dy Gân by Geth Tomos, words by Geth Robyns. Performed by Rhys Owain Edwards.

Paid Newid dy Liw by Mali Hâf and Trystan Hughes. Performed by Mali Hâf.

Ymhlith y Cewri by Darren Bolger.

Diolch am y Tân by Carys Eleri and Branwen Munn. Performed by FFLOW.

Pan Ddaw’r Byd i Ben by Steve Williams.

Mae yna Le by Rhydian Meilir. Performed by Ryland Teifi.

Rhiannon by Siôn Rickard.

The panel for Cân i Gymru 2022 (Picture: S4C)

Cân i Gymru
Friday 4 March, 8.00
English subtitles available
On S4C Clic and BBC iPlayer

As always, viewers are responsible for choosing the winner by voting over the phone. Details on how to vote and a score card are available on the S4C website at Entertainment/cn-i-gymru/