Going into Iceland‘s national final Söngvakeppnin 2019, fans expected support for Hatari from Icelandic televoters, but it was less certain how the jury would respond. But now the official voting figures have confirmed that the anti-capitalist BDSM techno performance art group were favourites of the jury as well.
In the first round of voting, Hatari won the televote with 46.17% of the vote. Friðrik Omar was second with 24.64% of the vote.
Kristina Skoubo Bærendsen placed third in the televote with 16.9% of the vote, Icelandic Eurovision diva Hera Björk was fourth in the televote with 9.22%, while Tara Mobee was last in the televote with 3.09%.
The judges favoured the songs in the same order, but support was more evenly distributed. The latex and leather-clad group picked up only 24.19% of the jury vote, while Friðrik Ómar was closer with 20.47%. There was less than 5% difference between the bottom three acts.
For the second round of voting, the televote and jury votes from the first round were combined with a second televote between Hatari and Friðrik Ómar. Hatari won both the second televote and the total combined score, ensuring them the tickets to Tel Aviv.
Söngvakeppnin 2019 – round one voting
Söngvakeppnin 2019 – superfinal voting
The jury’s favourites revealed
As well as the televote, a ten-person jury also gave their expert opinion by ranking the five songs. The jury was made up of:
- Anders M. Tangen (Norwegian broadcaster)
- Birgit Simal (Belgium 2018 Head of Delegation)
- Eleni Fouriera (“Fuego” singer)
- Jan Bors (Czech Republic Head of Delegation)
- Karin Gunnarsson (Melodifestivalen assistant producer)
- Konstantin Hudov (Azerbaijan Head of Press)
- Molly Plank (Danish television producer)
- Haraldur Freyr Gíslason (musician, red Pollapönk)
- Þorsteinn Hreggviðsson (Programme direction on Iceland’s Rás 2)
- Sigríður Thorlacius (singer)
Broadcaster RÚV has revealed what how the jury members ranked the five songs, however the data is anonymous so we don’t know which jury member belongs to each set of rankings.
The jury rankings show that while seven jurors ranked Hatari’s entry first, two ranked “Hatrið mun sigra” last.
Friðrik Ómar was ranked first by two jurors, while Kristina Bærendsen got the top score from one juror.
The general support for Hatari from the juries suggests that Iceland might not struggle to win over the juries in Tel Aviv.
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