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.

Broadcaster RÚV has released the voting totals from Söngvakeppnin 2019, including a detailed breakdown of who the jury’s favourites were, as well as televote totals.

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

Artist Jury vote Percentage Televote Percentage
Hatari 24,891 24.19% 47,513 46.17%
Friðrik Ómar 21,061 20.47% 25,356 24.64%
Kristina Bærendsen 20,582 20% 17,391 16.9%
Hera Björk 20,102 19.53% 9,488 9.22%
Tara Mobee 16,274 15.81% 3,170 3.08%

Söngvakeppnin 2019 – superfinal voting

Artist Televote Percentage Total vote Percentage
Hatari 62,088 54.36% 134,492 57.71%
Friðrik Ómar 52,134 45.64% 98,551 42.29%

 

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.

Entry Juror 1 Juror 2 Juror 3 Juror 4 Juror 5 Juror 6 Juror 7 Juror 8 Juror 9 Juror 10
Hatari 1 1 5 5 1 1 1 1 1 3
Friðrik Ómar 3 3 4 1 2 5 2 4 3 1
Kristina Bærendsen 5 2 1 3 3 3 4 2 2 4
Hera Björk 2 4 2 2 4 2 5 3 5 2
Tara Mobee 4 5 3 4 5 4 3 5 4 5


What do you think? Do the Söngvakeppnin results bode well for Hatari in Tel Aviv? Have your say below!

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JohnO
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Brilliant! When these guys explode onto the screen come May it’ll be “Netherlands? Mehh!” Shock winners.

Jonas J
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Jonas J

I’m all for Iceland – finally Eurovision shows some teeth (and not merely hiding behind shallow slogans like this years’s “Dare to dream”)

Jonas J
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Jonas J

I’m all for Iceland – finally Eurovision shows some teeth (and not merely hiding behind shallow slogans like this years’s “Dare to dream”)

Jonas J
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Jonas J

This is wonderful news. Finally Eurovision shows some teeth – without suffering EBU’s censorship! I’m for Iceland! They’ve got my vote!

Charles II
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Charles II

How is Hatari’s “protest” against the hosting country any different from the man disturbing Suri’s performance last year?
Both are disruptive, lack manners, show total disrespect towards the hosting country and the competition (yes – It’s a song competition, not the EU parliament) .
Having said that – I doubt they will be able to show any protest live. They will be closely monitored by the director and EBU.

Aaron
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Aaron

What do they honestly think will happen? That the broadcast will continue if they try to pull a stunt?
All they will achieve is RUV being fined to all hell and The public missing their entry?
If they insist on doing their protest will the act even be shown?

Charles II
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Charles II

If you had read what I wrote, you’d see that the show director will probably switch to a pre recorded performance.

poe-tay-toe-chips
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poe-tay-toe-chips

OH MY GOD for the thousandth time they are a SATIRICAL group. They aren’t going to do ANYTHING because they are JOKING!

JohnO
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JohnO

So judging by what they been producing since 2016 they’ve been satirical for almost three years, right?

Jonas J
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Jonas J

Talk about ignorance! Would you you show respect to the old regime in South Africa, approve of the ethnic cleansing Bosnia; ignore the Rwandan tragedy?

Charles II
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Charles II

What do all these regimes have to do with Israel?
You’re the ignorant one, and also washed with hatred.

Decio
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Decio

The winners. Probably the best entry in Eurovision ever

baipej
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baipej

I love them – because of Eurovision – outside of it – i won’t listen them. It’s not just my style of music. But in Eurovision concept, they are exactly what we need – something special, different, i appreciate the originality and artistic effort – and it still sound odd way good. Surprisingly wellmade package. So many things there in show but it was still smooth and attracting. That could have been easily non-sense joke-failure but the performance was top quality! And appreciating also how the show was shot by broadcaster. Though i liked bit more the semifinal style, i… Read more »

BadWoolfGirl
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BadWoolfGirl

The Eurovision juries are another story. I don’t know if they will have the same love for Hatari. This might be an entry saved by the televote.

bungaseroja
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bungaseroja

aw my broken heart.. but at the same time, aww they are so cute.. I love the way he kiss his daughter

Shanfa Chai
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Shanfa Chai

“Hatrið Mun Sigra” is growing on me! I’m starting to like the song now.

Jo.
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Jo.

Serhat thought “the real thing” would be the heaviest thing he could cope hahahaha silly boy…

sansa
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sansa

annoying, terrible song, awful lyrics, i cant stand it. Try hards. Congrats iceland, you’re my last place. Just because it’s different doesnt mean it’s good. Does not deserve to Q.

Anisa
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Anisa

How are they try hards exactly? Trying hard to do what? Impress the eurovision fandom? They couldn’t care less.

Jo.
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Jo.

I can’t stop listening!!!

Jo.
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Jo.

Europe will crumble!!!!!

Cirb
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Cirb

All I know is that it won’t finish somewhere in the middle. It’s either a non-qualifier or Top 3 in the final.

sansa
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sansa

top 3? yikes

eurovision6
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eurovision6

I know right.. It has already won this year. See you in Iceland 2020

Polegend Godgarina
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whew the televoting was REALLY close, i expected a landslide

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

Wasn’t a surprise. Obviously, voters of Tara, Hera and Kristina were unlikely to make the move to Hatari in the next round, right?

Rimig
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Rimig

I think it needs 3-4 times listening to it to really start liking it but once it does…! I am liking it so much now!

ESC Fan
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That’s the problem. The average viewer will only be able to listen to it once.

Rimig
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Rimig

Once for qualifying, twice for winning 😉
But yes, you’re right. That’s the biggest issue for them.

Jo.
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Jo.

The biggest issue for them is the jury vote. The song itself has an instantaneous hook.

Rimig
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Rimig

Not for everyone. Musically, yes, it has an instantaneous hook if you’re into this genre because it is fabulous. But not everyone likes Matthias’s singing/shouting at first. It took me and many others some time to adapt our ears to it and start enjoying the song as a whole. I am afraid that many viewers, at first listen, will be too much impressed by the act and the voice to appreciate that this is a really good song indeed. Regarding the juries, I think it will be like the Icelandic jury: they will either score it very high or not… Read more »

Anisa
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Anisa

It’s called growling btw (not shouting).It’s a singing technique.

sansa
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sansa

i found it annoying and unbearable

Charles II
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Charles II

That’s not a problem, but a blessing.
This will not qualify.

NickC
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NickC

They just announced that they will stage an anti-Israel political protest on stage, which will probably lead to their disqualification. If so, they will be second act after Maruv who were a huge favorite to win, but ‘pushed away’ for some reason. I really started to wonder whether this year;s glory is written in the stars for one person, whomever he/she may be.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Oh NO! Please tell me it’s a mistake and not true.

Colin
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Colin

They are joking. They are a satirical group. They won’t get DQ or anything like that.
Their song is a subtle protest on it’s own. No need for anything more. They’d be unwise to try it.

Paul
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Paul

They’ll probably save it for their victory speech

pastel de nata
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pastel de nata

Something like ” we wish everyone has the same rights in the world” would do, without being political. 😉

Lourdes
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Lourdes

People are being so overdramatic over them. They’re just joking. Just watch their interviews

Tug
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Tug

Well, if they’re joking, that this is really stupid, because the whole situation is not a laughing matter. Either you do the freaking protest (and if they have the guts to do it I applaud) and are disqualified or you shut the f… up and get on with the show.

Porsteinn
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Porsteinn

I have no doubt they knew that winning the contest would be the greatest protest of all. It would be stupid to put that on jeopardy. And they’re not stupid.

Polegend Godgarina
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aren’t they a parody band ? i can’t at y’all takin what they say seriously……

HallsiKallsi
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HallsiKallsi

This is false, they’ve never stated they’ll be protesting on stage, I still don’t get how people heard that

ALL Wei
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ALL Wei

if they are gonna be disqualified i will skip watching the tv shows of ESC 2019 all 2gether!!

Thorula
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Thorula

I’m very curious about what they are going to do on stage un Tel-Aviv. Will they make their protest during the firt semi and being disqualify. If they do so they miss to do so in the grand final. But if they just don’t qualify, they will miss the opportunity to protest.
If they do something, Iceland should be banned for the next year. They don’t mind being disqualifing only in an edition they don’t care at all. How Ebu can act knowing something may happen but still there is nothing to prevent Hatari from performing until the live-show

poe-tay-toe-chips
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poe-tay-toe-chips

How do you not realize by now that these guys are joking? They won’t actually do anything!

Franky
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Franky

Watch any interviews and you know they are satirical but have a message at the same time.
One such interview, they talk about being anti-capitalist and make the comment that they will dismantle capitalism while “selling a few t-shirts along the way”. That interview about anti-capitalism is happening whilst they are standing in line for some fast food. Seriously, you’d have to be pretty daft to not understand they are satirical.

Thorula
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Thorula

It’s just what we’ve been told in France sorry I didn’t see the interview. I know they just taunt but I think we can’t tell yet what will happen

Charles II
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Charles II

Easy – there’s a Semi rehearsal. That would be used as their “live” performance if they decide to continue with their shenanigans.
If they decide provoke on the Semi rehearsal – they will be facing a very unhappy Jan Ola Sand.

poe-tay-toe-chips
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poe-tay-toe-chips

Obviously can’t wait for their performance- but I also can’t wait to see what their postcard is like in May.

If all the performers are supposed to dance in their postcards, I wonder what they will do.

Will they wear their leather and stuff, …or will they go for a completely different image again like when they were baking with the kids?

I hope in their postcard, they dress up in tuxedos or like nerds or something. I think the contrast would be hilarious.

BadWoolfGirl
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BadWoolfGirl

That would be hilarious.

EuroFISH
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EuroFISH

Imagine them wearing the suits from Iceland 2014 🙂

poe-tay-toe-chips
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poe-tay-toe-chips

Oh man you know what I hope they do???? I hope they do ballet!!!!!

Lourdes
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Lourdes

Never been so excited about my #1 at Eurovision before. Can’t wait for their interviews with Wiwiblogg. They’re hilarious!

Gav
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Gav

I hate this style of Music. I love this song.

Yssy
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Yssy

I personally do not enjoy this type of music and hope this is not the winner but I really want them to do well. Diversity of music is always important.

Denis
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Denis

I dont think this means they wont struggle with jury. Rather it means it will be enough divesive. Some will rank it high, others low. In a preferential voting system such as ESC that kind of divisiness wont make you win but it can make you reach top 10
Plus lets not forget that in ESC jururors have more to choose from

Kesha
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Of course we all have our personal tastes.
As far as I’m concerned, I do not appreciate this type of performance. I go for Portugal for the amazing mix between ethnic sounds and great artistic staging.
So intelligent and futuristic.

Meliris
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Meliris

I go for both.

KuhKatz
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KuhKatz

Surprise is not the close gap especially in the superfinal between Fridrik and Hatari, it is that Hera only finished fourth over all.

In general, if Kristina and Hera would switch places, it would be the outcome, I expected. Especially Tara was just weak in the final.

Anyway, Hatari deserved it and its surprising, that even judges liked them a lot.

poe-tay-toe-chips
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poe-tay-toe-chips

I’m not really surprised Kristina beat out Hera, given that Kristina’s song was starting to get more popular/more radio play there

BadWoolfGirl
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BadWoolfGirl

I was surprised that both Icelandic language songs made it to the super final, leaving the English songs in the dust. More confidence in native language.

Pablo
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Pablo

I LOVE THIS

Paul
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Paul

I bet the Icelandic Daily Mail are losing their minds right now!

Brave Cookie
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Brave Cookie

I read that as “Icelandic Ice Mail”. 😀

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

Seven 1st places, two last places.
That sounds about right. Spells a good Eurovision result to me.

Seacow
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Seacow

A dear friend of mine cares nothing for Eurovision, because she only listens to hardcore, post hardcore, metal, etc. and I showed her Hatari’s Semifinal performance because I thought she may enjoy it since Industrial is a genre she likes and her first reaction was “These guys are so precious, we must protect them.” Seeing the little post card interview, and seeing them around their kids, and at tht school warms my heart, since that dear friend of mine is a special needs teacher. Guys I’m so happy Hatari is going to Eurovision. And while Hate will ultimately win we… Read more »

Héctor
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Héctor

What were those three jurors thinking? Two of them even ranked Hatari 5th.

Ric
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Ric

So happy they won but was expecting a wider margin. Guess this proves how polarizing it is

zelenovi
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zelenovi

“Before hatred prevails, remember to love” <3 I love these guys so much.

And having a super polarising song is really not a bad tactic at Eurovision. People will either love it or hate it – those who hate it will distribute their votes among 17 or 24 other songs. But everyone who loves it will vote for them because there's nothing else like Hatari. Not a bad strategy to get a decent placing!

TheDrMistery
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TheDrMistery

It would work against them in 2013-2015. Combined voting punished diversity of opinions (re: Poland 2014, Romania 2013, Malta 2014).

sansa
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sansa

actually, there is something like hatari. there was a guy screaming last year, they’re not doing anything new here. This type of music was a thing back in the 80s, except it was better, and they try too hard to be different.

Meliris
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Meliris

AWS last year, a totally different music genre(that was metal, this is industrial techno goth, no guitars involved), topic(dead father, grief) and the performance is not even in anyway related, sansa. Eurovision has never seen anything like Hatari.

NotFireworks
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NotFireworks

Eleni Foureira’s voting is just hilarious.
Such a lack of taste.

Colin
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Colin

*If* she is juror 3. That’s not confirmed yet. Anyway, it would be her opinion. The song is polarizing for a reason. Personally, I adore it, but it won’t sit well with everyone.

Pablo
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Pablo

How do you know which one is Eleni’s if the chart presented is supposed to be anonymously distributed and not corresponding to any specific juror (that is why it says juror 1, etc.).

Pablo
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Pablo

Below the names of the jurors it says in the article: “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.”

RandomEuroFan
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RandomEuroFan

So Eleni could have been fans of Hatari. Imagine that.

TheDrMistery
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TheDrMistery

She either loved them or hated them. I can imagine both.

quint
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quint

It’s funny to see that the juries that haven’t Hatari on 1 Have them on their last place, this really shows that it is a love it or hate it song 😛 I’m on the loving it side tho

bastian
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bastian

Okay, didnt expect this. I thought they would win with a big, big, big margin, but that didnt happen. In ESC jury will have a lot more to choose from. Hatari could win the televote, but i dont believe the jury will make this win. But we’ll see.

Porsteinn
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Porsteinn

In the first round they had almost double of the runner-up. I would call that big. But they are too polarizing for a big margin in a duel-situation.

BadWoolfGirl
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BadWoolfGirl

Yeah, I can see this being saved by the televote.

Eurovisionfan12
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Eurovisionfan12

Will RUV also reveal the voting of the two semi-finals as well?

Lilja
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Lilja

Fist semi final:
1. Hatrið mun sigra – Hatari : 12.069 votes
2. Eitt andartak – Hera Björk: 8.408 votes
3. Ég á mig sjálf – Kristina Bærendsen: 4.779 votes
4. Nú og hér – IMSLAND: 4.271 votes
5. Samt ekki – Daníel Ólíver: 2.198 votes

Second semi final:
1. Hvað ef ég get ekki elskað? – Friðrik Ómar: 14.968 votes
2. Betri án þín – Tara Mobee: 3819 votes
3. Þú bætir mig – Ívar Daníels: 3.519 votes
4. Helgi – Heiðrún Anna: 2.772 votes
5. Jeijó, keyrum alla leið – Elli Grill, Skaði og Glymur: 2.572 votes

Eurovisionfan12
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Eurovisionfan12

Thanks! 🙂

Fast Food Music Lover
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Fast Food Music Lover

What other choices do they have really?

sansa
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sansa

is that a serious question?

Notmysong
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Notmysong

It’s actually growing on me… wouldn’t be surprised to see it ending in the Top 10. Good luck!

Roma
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Roma

I’m honestly surprised. If they did so well with juries over strong vocalists like Hera and Fridrik, I can see them doing very well in Eurovision too.

MusicIstheKey
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MusicIstheKey

I think it’s because they had a much more original song

Colin
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Colin

…and me writing that I**land has taste got blocked, which proves that the country name is a trigger to get blocked. Do something, please, because it will be silly if we have to censor it up to May. 🙁

ESCFan2009
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ESCFan2009

Really? Iceland is a “bad word” for the filter? I will try this post and see what will happen 😀

Thorula
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Thorula

Why is it blocked? I don’t understand

Colin
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Colin

This proves that Iceland has taste! 🙂

sansa
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sansa

it proves they are desperate.