It’s been since 2011 that a duo or group has won Eurovision. While duos and groups don’t often feel as much love at the contest compared to solo artists, for nine acts this year they have at least one shoulder to lean on and feel the love from.
This year’s groups hail from the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Montenegro, Norway, Poland and Slovenia. From pop-rock, to ballads, to 2000s flashbacks — this year’s groups have a lot a lot of bases covered.
We asked you to vote for your favourite duo or group at Eurovision 2019. A total of 4,413 votes were cast and the results are in.
1. Iceland – Hatari “Hatrið mun sigra”
Your favourite Icelandic award-winning industrial, BDSM, anticapitalist, antiestablishment, techno, dystopian, homoerotic, bondage, sadomaso, demonic Icepop performance art group Hatari have now also won the honour of being your favourite duo or group at this year’s contest, with their song “Hatrið mun sigra”. The group earned 1,182 votes, or just under 27% of all votes cast.
Icelandic broadcaster RÚV selected the anti-capitalistic BDSM techno performance group through its annual Söngvakeppnin 2019 format. Iceland hasn’t made it to the final since 2014 and the small country in the North-Atlantic is still awaiting its first Eurovision victory. Hatari’s intention is to change both records.
2. Norway – KEiiNO “Spirit in the Sky”
It also turns out that your love for groups is a Scandi-affair. The powerful EDM track mixed with traditional Sami music has struck quite a chord with fans across Europe, with KEiiNO‘s entry “Spirit in the Sky” earning 914 votes, or just under 21% of all votes cast.
KEiiNO, who have been a staple on the pre-Eurovision circuit tour, consists of the singers Alexandra Rotan and Tom Hugo, plus joiker Fred-René Buljo. All three are successful solo artists, who gathered together for the newly created project. Norwegian broadcaster NRK chose KEiiNO through its annual Melodi Grand Prix.
3. Slovenia – Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl “Sebi”
In third place and taking out the bronze medal are Slovenia’s Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl. The sweet couple and their song “Sebi” took 716 votes, gathering just over 16% of all votes cast.
The young duo won their national final in a landslide buoyed by the power of their real-world relationship. And with this poll result, Slovenia’s intoxicating loved up duo could turn qualifying for the final into a streak, qualifying for the first time last year since 2016.
Also polling strongly are Poland’s non-conventional all girl group Tulia with “Fire of Love (Pali Się)” earning 13% of all votes, and our friends from Czech Republic, Lake Malawi with “Friend of a Friend” earning just shy of 9%.
See all the results of our poll below.
What do you think of the poll results? Who is your favourite? Which group or duo do you think will do the best? Let us know in the comments below.