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
JohnO
1 year ago

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

Jonas J
Jonas J
1 year ago

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
Jonas J
1 year ago

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?

Jonas J
Jonas J
1 year ago

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
Jonas J
1 year ago

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

poe-tay-toe-chips
poe-tay-toe-chips
1 year ago

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

JohnO
JohnO
1 year ago

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

Aaron
Aaron
1 year ago

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?

Decio
Decio
1 year ago

The winners. Probably the best entry in Eurovision ever

baipej
baipej
1 year ago

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
BadWoolfGirl
1 year ago
Reply to  baipej

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
bungaseroja
1 year ago

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

Shanfa Chai
Shanfa Chai
1 year ago

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

Jo.
Jo.
1 year ago

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

sansa
sansa
1 year ago

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
Anisa
1 year ago
Reply to  sansa

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

Jo.
Jo.
1 year ago

I can’t stop listening!!!

Jo.
Jo.
1 year ago
Reply to  Jo.

Europe will crumble!!!!!

Cirb
Cirb
1 year ago

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
sansa
1 year ago
Reply to  Cirb

top 3? yikes

eurovision6
eurovision6
1 year ago
Reply to  sansa

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

Polegend Godgarina
1 year ago

whew the televoting was REALLY close, i expected a landslide

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 year ago

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
Rimig
1 year ago

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
1 year ago
Reply to  Rimig

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

Rimig
Rimig
1 year ago
Reply to  ESC Fan

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

Jo.
Jo.
1 year ago
Reply to  Rimig

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

Rimig
Rimig
1 year ago
Reply to  Jo.

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
Anisa
1 year ago
Reply to  Rimig

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

sansa
sansa
1 year ago
Reply to  Rimig

i found it annoying and unbearable

NickC
NickC
1 year ago

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
Purple Mask
1 year ago
Reply to  NickC

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

Colin
Colin
1 year ago
Reply to  NickC

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
Paul
1 year ago
Reply to  Colin

They’ll probably save it for their victory speech

pastel de nata
pastel de nata
1 year ago
Reply to  Paul

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

Lourdes
Lourdes
1 year ago
Reply to  NickC

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

Tug
Tug
1 year ago
Reply to  Lourdes

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
Porsteinn
1 year ago
Reply to  NickC

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
1 year ago
Reply to  NickC

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

HallsiKallsi
HallsiKallsi
1 year ago
Reply to  NickC

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

ALL Wei
ALL Wei
1 year ago
Reply to  NickC

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

Thorula
Thorula
1 year ago

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
poe-tay-toe-chips
1 year ago
Reply to  Thorula

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

Franky
Franky
1 year ago
Reply to  Thorula

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
Thorula
1 year ago
Reply to  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

poe-tay-toe-chips
poe-tay-toe-chips
1 year ago

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
BadWoolfGirl
1 year ago

That would be hilarious.

EuroFISH
EuroFISH
1 year ago

Imagine them wearing the suits from Iceland 2014 🙂

poe-tay-toe-chips
poe-tay-toe-chips
1 year ago

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

Lourdes
Lourdes
1 year ago

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

Gav
Gav
1 year ago

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

Yssy
Yssy
1 year ago

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
Denis
1 year ago

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
1 year ago

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
Meliris
1 year ago
Reply to  Kesha

I go for both.

KuhKatz
KuhKatz
1 year ago

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
poe-tay-toe-chips
1 year ago
Reply to  KuhKatz

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
BadWoolfGirl
1 year ago
Reply to  KuhKatz

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
Pablo
1 year ago

I LOVE THIS

Paul
Paul
1 year ago

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

Brave Cookie
Brave Cookie
1 year ago
Reply to  Paul

I read that as “Icelandic Ice Mail”. 😀

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 year ago

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

Seacow
Seacow
1 year ago

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
Héctor
1 year ago

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

Ric
Ric
1 year ago

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

zelenovi
zelenovi
1 year ago

“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
TheDrMistery
1 year ago
Reply to  zelenovi

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

sansa
sansa
1 year ago
Reply to  zelenovi

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
Meliris
1 year ago
Reply to  sansa

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
NotFireworks
1 year ago

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

Colin
Colin
1 year ago
Reply to  NotFireworks

*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
Pablo
1 year ago
Reply to  NotFireworks

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
Pablo
1 year ago
Reply to  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
RandomEuroFan
1 year ago
Reply to  Pablo

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

TheDrMistery
TheDrMistery
1 year ago
Reply to  RandomEuroFan

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

quint
quint
1 year ago

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
bastian
1 year ago

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
Porsteinn
1 year ago
Reply to  bastian

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
BadWoolfGirl
1 year ago
Reply to  bastian

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

Eurovisionfan12
Eurovisionfan12
1 year ago

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

Lilja
Lilja
1 year ago

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
Eurovisionfan12
1 year ago
Reply to  Lilja

Thanks! 🙂

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
1 year ago

What other choices do they have really?

sansa
sansa
1 year ago

is that a serious question?

Notmysong
Notmysong
1 year ago

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

Roma
Roma
1 year ago

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.

Colin
Colin
1 year ago

…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
ESCFan2009
1 year ago
Reply to  Colin

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

Thorula
Thorula
1 year ago
Reply to  Colin

Why is it blocked? I don’t understand

Colin
Colin
1 year ago

This proves that Iceland has taste! 🙂

sansa
sansa
1 year ago
Reply to  Colin

it proves they are desperate.