Iceland are currently among the favourites to win Eurovision 2019. And if Eurovision fans Down Under are to be believed, Hatari may just be the ones to beat. Iceland emerged victorious in the voting at the Sydney Preview Party hosted by OGAE Australia on Saturday night.
Sydney Preview Party — Eurovision 2019
Fans at the Sydney Preview Party watched the video clips of all 41 entries (plus a certain “Siren Song“) and voted for their favourites. Our Antranig, Sebastian and Natalie were on the scene to see what Eurovision fans in Sydney were thinking. The Eurovision faithful had to choose their winner out of the 40 competing songs by awarding 12, 10 and 8-1 points — Australia was not eligible to receive votes, much like the rules at Eurovision itself.
Iceland received the most points, narrowly edging out Luca Hänni of Switzerland to win the night. Unsurprisingly, Italy was a big hit, with Mahmood rounding out the top three. Norway placed fourth and The Netherlands, the current favourite to win, finished fifth. There are no huge surprises in the top five, with all five of those entries among the top ten favourites to win with bookmakers.
The rest of the top ten consisted of largely upbeat tracks. Acts such as Spain and Cyprus got the party started Down Under.
There were a few surprises further down the leaderboard. Ireland and San Marino — both predicted to not qualify with bookmakers — finished equal 12th. Meanwhile Russia, the second favourite to win Eurovision 2019, was ranked 23rd. Unfortunately there wasn’t much love for Lithuania, who received nil points.
Eye Cue — Sydney Preview Party
Fans were also treated to a performance by Eye Cue, who represented FYR Macedonia in 2018. They performed their new single “Dancin’“, their Eurovision entry “Lost and Found” and covered “Heroes” and “Euphoria“. Despite some sound problems, Eye Cue owned the stage, getting the crowd involved to sing “Lost and Found” and “Euphoria” in a very intimate performance.
What do you think of the results of the voting? Will this mirror the results at Eurovision? Let us know in the comments below.