Norway’s KEiiNO have performed a guitar version of the Icelandic entry for Eurovision 2019 “Hatrið mun sigra”.
KEiiNO have reworked the Icelandic entry for Eurovision 2019. “Hatrið mun sigra” has been reimagined into a guitar version featuring Norwegian lyrics, which was performed for RUV. The trio have challenged Hatari to respond to with a reimagined version of their song “Spirit in the Sky”.
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.