Iceland has selected Hatari to represent them at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Hatari will be representing Iceland at this years Eurovision Song Contest. This years Icelandic entrant was selected through Söngvakeppnin, with two semi-finals held last month to get tonights five finalists. The results of the first round were as follows:
- Friðrik Ómar – Hvað ef ér get ekki elskað – Super Finalist
- Kristina Bærendsen – Mama Said
- Tara Mobee – Fighting for Love
- Hera Björk – Moving On
- Hatari – Hatrið mun sigra – Super Finalist
The winner of the Icelandic selection will be selected through two rounds of voting. In the first round a a ten-person, international panel of expert judges voted on all five of the acts, alongside the Icelandic public. They selected two artists to progress to the super final. In the super final the results were as follows:
- Hatari – Hatrið mun sigra
- Friðrik Ómar – Hvað ef ér get ekki elskað
Ari Ólafsson and Eleni Foureira were the guest stars who performed during the final this evening. The competition also saw an appearance from the Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest Jon Ola Sand.
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.