Jon Ola Sand the Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, has stated that RUV are fully aware of the consequence of Hatari making any political statements in Israel.
Speaking to the Norwegian national broadcaster, Jon Ola Sand has commented on reports in the Israeli media that Hatari from Iceland intend to use Eurovision to make a political statement. Mr Sand explained that:
We see no reason why they should not receive entry permits. We have a close dialogue with the governments of Israel, and they know that it can quickly turn back on them and the local organizers if anyone is refused a visa.
The Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest went on to explain that the delegation from Iceland have been spoken to this week. He explained that RUV have been made fully aware of the consequences if Hatari were to make a political statement in Israel:
We do not believe they will use the Eurovision Song Contest to protest. They know what rules we have for participation and that there is no law with political markings. But if they do, they could be removed from the competition.
Who are Hatari?
Hatari have been performing since 2015 and are formed of Klemens Nikulásson Hannigan, Matthías Tryggvi Haraldsson and Einar Hrafn Stefánsson. In December 2018, the group released a statement saying that they were disbanding because they had failed to topple capitalism.
In January 2019 it was revealed that Hatari would be competing in the Icelandic selection for Eurovision 2019. They competed with the song “Hatrið mun sigra” and won the selection. Since their victory they have gone on to be one of the most talked about acts in the 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.