RÚV, the Icelandic national broadcaster is investigating reports that some votes cast during the super final of Söngvakeppnin 2018 were not counted.
The Icelandic national broadcaster is investigating reports that a number of votes cast during the super final of Söngvakeppnin were not registered during the show on Saturday. Birna Ósk Hansdóttir said that the broadcaster started investigating the reports yesterday following comments on social media during the show.
Specific reports were reffered to the broadcaster by Julie Heiðar Halldórsson the songwriter of “Stormi” the song which placed second in the super final. Birna Ósk Hansdóttir stated;
We are aware that he has received messages from friends and relatives. We have sent a query about Vodafone’s case
She added that;
If this is a serious issue, we will respond to it and comply with our working standards.
Söngvakeppnin has never previously reported any issues with voting during the shows. Many on social media did raise questions following the announcement of “Stormi” as the runner up in the super final, following it topping both the jury and public vote in the first section of the show.
Iceland in the Eurovision Song Contest
Iceland debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1986 and, aside from 2 years of relegation in 1998 and 2002, has participated every year since. The contest is incredibly popular in Iceland, regularly being one of the most watched programmes of the year. Iceland has yet to win the contest but has finished in 2nd on two occasions. In 1999, Selma missed out on victory in Jerusalem by 17 points, and in 2009 Yohanna became the most successful Icelandic entrant ever finishing 2nd in the final with the song “Is it True?”. She scored 218 points, yet still finished 169 points behind the runaway winner Norway.