On Saturday we learned that María Ólafsdóttir had won the Icelandic national final Söngvakeppni with her song “Unbroken”, after battling it out in the superfinal with pop idol Friðrik Dór and his song “Once Again”. Now broadcaster RÚV has revealed the voting breakdown – and the results are surprising.
“Unbroken” was not the jury’s favourite. They gave María a mere seven points, with Friðrik getting the top score of 12 points. Friðrik was also initially the Icelandic people’s choice, winning the televote after the first round of voting. This means that if there hadn’t been a second round of voting with the superfinal, Friðrik would have been Iceland’s representative in Vienna.
The jury also put Björn and Félagar in second place and Elín Sif in third place. So its safe to say that the results of the superfinal would have been completely different if it wasn’t determined by televote alone.
The graphic shows how the jury and the nation voted in the finals. The first part shows how the first televoting ended up, next the combined results from jury and televoting, and finally the televoting from the superfinal.
María won her semifinal by a landslide, with 6428 votes, with CADEM a distant runner-up with 4953 votes. But only 113 votes divided Friðrik and Elín Sif in the first semifinal. During the grand final broadcast, the people of Iceland voted in record numbers. The televotes added up to a whopping 83,353, which means that roughly 85% of the nation voted.
In other news, it has been confirmed by the StopWaitGo production team and María herself, that Friðrik will go to Vienna after all, as one of María’s backing vocalists. So y’all will encounter both of the singers in Austria and no one is left out. Isn’t that just the sweetest thing?