Photos: RÚV

On Saturday, Hera Björk was crowned as the Söngvakeppnin 2024 champion. But in the 48 hours since then, the Icelandic singer’s victory has been marred by accusations of voting error.

Einar Stefánsson, the co-writer of Bashar Murad’s “Wild West”, which finished second in the contest, is now calling for an independent review into the voting.

RÚV has admitted there was an error in part of the voting, but stated this did not affect the overall outcome.

Söngvakeppnin 2024 voting error

During the Söngvakeppnin 2024 grand final, the public could vote by two methods — SMS text message, or phone call. National broadcaster RÚV also added voting information into a mobile app, where clicking the number of a certain act would automatically create an SMS message in the person’s phone that was directed towards the act of their choosing.

However, videos began emerging on social media of faults in this system.

This showed an individual attempting to vote for Bashar Murad through the app. However, the system set up an SMS message that was actually directed towards Hera Björk’s voting number instead.

Other social media posts have also indicated that Murad’s call-in number was blocked or marked as spam in some instances, whereas all other numbers were fine.

Following this voting error, Einar Stefánsson is requesting an independent review into the contest’s results. He argues it would be wrong for RÚV to only conduct an internal investigation:

“It is highly unusual for RÚV to believe that the organization can carry out an internal investigation on this matter, and therefore an independent investigation is needed to ensure the trust and reputation of Söngvakeppnin. At the same time, it is not at all clear how it is possible to assess whether a vote that went like this did not affect the result.”

RÚV has so far not responded directly to Einar’s request, but the broadcaster has admitted that an error occurred in the SMS votes during the superfinal between Hera and Bashar. This affected both participants and so neither received the SMS votes they were due from the app.

The organisers go on to state that the number of SMS votes was notably smaller compared to those cast via phone call. As a result, removing the SMS votes would not have changed the overall outcome of the contest.

Bashar Murad won the first round of grand final voting

As is custom, RÚV has revealed the full breakdown of voting from the Söngvakeppnin 2024 grand final.

This shows that during the first round of voting, Bashar Murad topped both the jury and public vote. He had more than a 15,000 vote lead over second place Hera Björk, who initially finished second with the jury and third with the public.

But things changed during the superfinal, where the first round votes were combined with another round of public-only voting. Hera picked up close to 19,000 more votes than Bashar during this second round, allowing her to squeeze ahead and clinch the victory.

First round

Artist Jury votes Public votes Total Place
Væb 13,656 15,727 29,383 4
Hera Björk 16,661 15,406 32,067 2
Anita 14,476 10,124 24,600 5
Bashar Murad 21,304 26,359 47,663 1
Sigga Ózk 16,114 14,595 30,709 3

Superfinal

Artist Round 1 Round 2 Total Place
Hera Björk 32,067 68,768 100,835 1
Bashar Murad 47,663 49,832 97,495 2

 

This isn’t the first time the Söngvakeppnin result has changed following the superfinal.

Over the past ten editions of the show, only five contestants have retained their first round lead at the end of the second voting period. In 2015, 2016, 2018, 2022, and now 2024, the winner of the first round has ultimately finished the night as the runner-up after the superfinal.

Although the superfinal can provide an interesting TV moment, some fans have suggested it might not be the best way to select an act. Having a second round of voting allows people to change their mind, something viewers can’t do at Eurovision — it’s all on first impressions. Additionally, having only two acts in the superfinal means you can easily vote against a contestant as much as you can vote for one — which again is not possible at Eurovision because viewers can only vote for their favourites out of 26 in the final.

What are your thoughts on the situation? Should the Söngvakeppnin 2024 voting results be looked into with more scrutiny? And do you think superfinals are good or bad additions to selections? Let us know in the comments below.

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Alex
Alex
2 months ago

Looks like this co-writer is a big loser 🙂

Anyway, i think the superfinal idea is stupid when the final is only among 5 songs.

By the way, it’s funny how there are more televotes in Iceland than Spain’s Benidorm!

Retkoceri
Retkoceri
2 months ago

This comment section is pure cancer

L’oiseau
L’oiseau
2 months ago

Ok… I see from the comments below that fans preferred Björk over Bashar… I guess I will never understand this attraction of ESC fans to female “divas” even if the songs are meh to crap… (meh in this case), even if if this means that a new country could have won. You can downgrade as much as you want, but Wild Wild West will remain in my Eurovision playlist this year and possibly in my summer 2024 bops and nobody is going to take this enjoyment from me!

Lawrence Gibb
Lawrence Gibb
2 months ago
Reply to  L’oiseau

They only love them until something shinier and newer comes along..

Jessica Folcker
Jessica Folcker
2 months ago

I see it as Blankiflur’s revenge. 😛

Marios
Marios
2 months ago

His song got attention and votes mostly because of politics, he should be more careful before he opens his mouth.

Martin
Martin
2 months ago

boohoo cry me more

Elfi
Elfi
2 months ago

Israel:

https://eurovisionfun.com/en/2024/03/israel-ebu-takes-into-account-new-threats-against-kan/

….drama!! What a sh** show!!

No democracy, no public broadcaster independence…NO EUROVISION!! Out…

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
2 months ago
Reply to  Elfi

Shlomo talks a lot but does little to nothing, I wouldn’t overreact like that…
It’s just popular among his supporters to go against KAN but he wouldn’t do anything…

Elfi
Elfi
2 months ago
Reply to  Roy Moreno

Trying to manipulate a public broadcaster is indeed serious…but i did not know that it was “normal”… insane!!

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
2 months ago
Reply to  Elfi

I didn’t mean it’s normal, I meant it’s just all words in the air…
No one’s doing anything

Roy
Roy
2 months ago
Reply to  Elfi

They talk about it fir years and yet no one did something… you can relax now.. everything is ok

Elfi
Elfi
2 months ago
Reply to  Roy

Quite the opposite… but okay!

Angelina
Angelina
2 months ago
Reply to  Elfi

In my country there is also a political government party who wants to close public broadcasters, including the one who does Eurovision.. No problem, until it actually happens.

Elfi
Elfi
2 months ago
Reply to  Angelina

See That’s a fuc*** up way of think…cause if the main reason is to control the media and what goes public or not…does not matter if it isn’t the reality yet…cause it means that on that specific country that gorvenament is always trying to do that!!! That’s a huge NO! And should be…

Angelina
Angelina
2 months ago
Reply to  Elfi

Btw, why are you screaming over nothing, Elfin?

Span
Span
2 months ago

Not only his song was crap and got to the super final only because of politics, now he is being a sore loser as well! Not surprised considering his past behavior. You lost. Get over it.

Ressay
Ressay
2 months ago
Reply to  Span

Stop bashing Bashar…it’s the writer not him…

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
2 months ago
Reply to  Ressay

He also spoke about it

EuroTiggESC
EuroTiggESC
2 months ago

It’s not the first time a song finishing 2nd in the first round of the final has triumphed in the superfinal. Just sour grapes.

Fatima
Fatima
2 months ago

Here are the three main findings of inquiry:
1) A singer from the middle east singing of the wild west while representing Iceland is too much to take in for some televoters
2) His costume looked cheap and the heart appliqué has been done before at Eurovision
3) Not speaking in the language of your televoters in your national final is a bad idea, as it was to admit that singing in that language (in the semi) was a challenge

Sherlock
Sherlock
2 months ago

It does look like (numerically ) Hera gained votes from those who previously voted for the three non-superfinal contenders, as Bashir got about the same number of votes in the superfinal as he did in the first round. That is, Hera gained, Bashir maintained. It is a NF so it seems fine (if not a bit convoluted) to allow the national public fine-tune what they want at ESC (minus/diluting the jury opinion). No harm to have a quick external review to calm the [no doubt] spiel we’ll all have to endure and close the query. And again, I didn’t love… Read more »

Sherlock
Sherlock
2 months ago
Reply to  Sherlock

Bashar (sorry… Autocorrect keeps changing it)

L’oiseau
L’oiseau
2 months ago

I think it’s a scandal that Bashar didn’t make it. One of the bests songs of the entire pre-selection season and would have brought another great results to Iceland, if not a long due victory! I hope they get to the bottom of this and ideally repeat the vote

David
David
2 months ago
Reply to  L’oiseau

I really hope that humans of the future learn to not scandalize everything online. It’s not black and white all the time. Honestly, his song is quite catchy and I start to really like it more and more. Yet, to me it was not the best song and presentation of the night – Sigga it was for me. She didn’t make it and that’s fine. All voting systems have flaws and so does this one. In the end they chose to send Hera Björk again, why not? Bashar had for sure one of the biggest moments of his career so… Read more »

L’oiseau
L’oiseau
2 months ago
Reply to  David

I hope so because he deserves it.

Oy oy
Oy oy
2 months ago

If there is a superfinal it should at least be three songs so that people vote FOR a song and not in pratice AGAINST one.

ECD534
ECD534
2 months ago

Superfinal is a stupid idea. Most people don’t vote for their favourite, the want to prevent the other artist.

Poul Riisen
Poul Riisen
2 months ago
Reply to  ECD534

I am not pro or against superfinals. It is indeed a special voting where the unknown factor is how the fans of the eliminated songs vote.

Despicable Annie
Despicable Annie
2 months ago
Reply to  Poul Riisen

Sometimes it’s about choosing the lesser evil.

Andrew
Andrew
2 months ago

I don’t think any songs are evil lol

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
2 months ago

So you guys made articles so quickly about the possibility of Israel being out, but nothing when we have rumours and official reports saying everything might be ok?
I’ll do it then – KAN said they decided to rework on the songs (of course, giving the songwriters their artistic freedom) so they comply with the EBU’s rules, despite not agreeing with them regarding the previous versions of the songs.
Both October Rain and Dance Forever will go through this process.
We have rumours saying October Rain might have also changed to Hurricane.

Ethan
Ethan
2 months ago
Reply to  Roy Moreno

Yes because we don’t care about Israel’s participation or entry

Roy
Roy
2 months ago
Reply to  Ethan

Thats why every post on Israel got more than 500 comments

Despicable Annie
Despicable Annie
2 months ago
Reply to  Roy

Also Israel will probably have the only ballad in English this year, I can see why people are threatened.

Eve
Eve
2 months ago

Latvia and Belgium says hi

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
2 months ago
Reply to  Ethan

You can say “I don’t care” but don’t speak for everyone else.

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
2 months ago

Sore losers… Sounds just like him though
Sorry not sorry
Try again next time

Jack
Jack
2 months ago

He lost fair and square and he should accept that but I really don’t see any logical argument for the use of superfinals in general. Why make people vote again???

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
2 months ago
Reply to  Jack

I see the logic
If we look at the first round with 5 songs, one could look at it and say “majority voted for Bashar”
On the other hand, one could say “majority voted against Bashar and wanted other songs”.
So I guess that’s why they narrow it down to 2 songs and then let people decide which one should go, because then, those arguments become one, if it makes sense.

Andrew
Andrew
2 months ago
Reply to  Jack

Good point, super finals don’t work. It’s just a way to get more money through votes

Guorga
Guorga
2 months ago

The whole point of the superfinal is that the winner of the first round does not automatically win. Something similar happened with “Turn This Around” and “Með hækkandi sól”. Turn this around won the first round and then all fans of “melodic” songs pooled their votes for Með hækkandi sól.

Poul Riisen
Poul Riisen
2 months ago

Please, let it go. No more drama. One has to move on after a result (good or bad), unless they have another agenda. They seem fixated on winning this. I started to feel like they were planning a surprise and a big statement.

jercle
jercle
2 months ago
Reply to  Poul Riisen

Einar and Bashar thought they had this in the bag. They never thought for a second they wouldn’t win, especially when RUV was pushing RUV so much as well. Now that things haven’t worked out as planned, they can’t cope.

jercle
jercle
2 months ago
Reply to  jercle

Should have read: “… when RUV was pushing Bashar so much as well.”

Polegend Godnova
Polegend Godnova
2 months ago

it happens all the time that the first round’s winner is different from the superfinal’s… he just needs to accept he isn’t representative of iceland in any possible way and that’s why he lost to a national legend with an amazing voice.

Toli
Toli
2 months ago

True, Netta voted out in the firs round of the israeli finals, the judges give her the second chance.
And we all know the results.

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
2 months ago
Reply to  Toli

Netta wasn’t voted out… Maybe you think of Kobi Marimi?
He was eliminated and brought back as a wild card

Maya G
Maya G
2 months ago
Reply to  Roy Moreno

Toli is probably talking about the season final. Netta lost the first round of the final (duel against Ricki), and the juries gave her the wildcard for the second round, which she won.
The same thing happened with Eden Alene, she lost the first round (duel against Orr), then saved (in 2020 it was the viewers who decided who to save) and won the whole thing.

Andrew
Andrew
2 months ago

National legend and amazing voice maybe. But the song is awful.

Despicable Annie
Despicable Annie
2 months ago
Reply to  Andrew

In both cases, people here were voting for the person. Hera because she’s a legend in Iceland, and Bashar for political reasons. The songs themselves are very weak. Talent prevailed in this choice.

Roy
Roy
2 months ago

Bashar is saltier than the dead sea… boo hoo..
you’ve lost, get over it!

Lauren MIA
Lauren MIA
2 months ago
Reply to  Roy

You mean Einar Stefánsson.

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
2 months ago
Reply to  Lauren MIA

Bashar also spoke about it, so both

Xxx
Xxx
2 months ago

Sore loser, nobody cares. It’s done and dusted.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
2 months ago

The final result has been published on another website. Even if you add up all the non-Bashar votes in the first round, they don’t equal what Hera got. The numbers of votes seem inflated. And then the overall result is only around 3,000 or so in it. Also, the juries were somehow big fans of her. I refuse to believe Hera got this amount of support AND jury love when her song was expected to do badly in the odds and no fans were talking about it. Sigga, Vaeb and Anita were all more popular prior to the contest with… Read more »

Leif Christensen
Leif Christensen
2 months ago

I would assume that the votes for Anita and Sigga went to Hera since their songs are all in a similar style. It’s really not that surprising.

Lawrence Gibb
Lawrence Gibb
2 months ago

That makes sense.

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
2 months ago

The result is pretty close. Personally I don’t think any irregularities happened but it’s good to have an independent review to confirm it.

Regardless, Iceland–as well as San Marino–are two countries that acts from all over the world can try out to bring their message to the world now. I think it’s pretty cool. Just like Joost said, it’s a world without borders.

Rmor
Rmor
2 months ago

Meanwhile Czech NF had discrepancies by tens of thousands votes in both parts of televote and no official has yet batted an eyelid over the results.

jercle
jercle
2 months ago

It’s really starting to feel that RUV are the villains of NF season 2014. Parachuting an act with no links to Iceland into their NF with the hope of lots of sympathy votes, which would carry through to Malmö and maybe Iceland’s first ever win. As much as RUV pushed Bashar, the people of Iceland wanted someone else to go to Eurovision. Since RUV didn’t get their way, rumours of irregularities are now emerging, so perhaps that’ll force a rerun of the final or Hera stepping aside so they can send their man. I bet RUV is hoping for a… Read more »

Sh1ft_key
Sh1ft_key
2 months ago
Reply to  jercle

Conspiracy theories, nothing more. RUV already declined a re-voting.

jercle
jercle
2 months ago
Reply to  jercle

Sadly for RUV**

Bring back the edit function!

ECD534
ECD534
2 months ago
Reply to  jercle

A delete function or proper moderation would be a better idea.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
2 months ago
Reply to  jercle

Bashar performed better and had a better song. He was the overwhelming favourite.

jercle
jercle
2 months ago

Favourites don’t always win. It doesn’t matter if you’re taking sport or Eurovision, plenty of favourites don’t make it over the line.

Milan
Milan
2 months ago

It is hard to predict the winner in a population of below 400.000.

Sebas
Sebas
2 months ago

I just saw Bashars post on twitter about how the superfinal needs to go… boi just go cry in the corner. You lost get over it. I love when someone doesn’t like a democratic result, democracy doesn’t suit them anymore. Right… I remember some horrible American orange man doing the same thing, remember how that turned out?

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
2 months ago
Reply to  Sebas

“Democracy is cringe, read some Aristotle.” -John Doyle.

Yuarith
Yuarith
2 months ago

I mean, it has its flaws though

Leif Christensen
Leif Christensen
2 months ago
Reply to  Sebas

Exactly.

If he indeed had an issue with the superfinal – and that is a fine opinion to have – then he should have said something BEFORE he lost.

Now it just sounds like sour grapes.

Lawrence Gibb
Lawrence Gibb
2 months ago

I totally agree. I feel the same about the furore last year over Käärija. You can’t complain about the rules after you’ve agreed to take part under them.

Itchymonkey
Itchymonkey
2 months ago

If Hera declines to go and gets replaced I think some greasy oil money exchanged hands

Itchymonkey
Itchymonkey
2 months ago

I said this would happen the night of the result when he lost. I got downvoted but I wasn’t wrong.
I said they’d stage something to try and reverse the victory.
The backstage stooges really want their political card to win. They can’t overturn it the results clearly state he lost. That’s the format YOU LOST

Jamie
Jamie
2 months ago

Someone is so desperate to send this political puppet to Eurovision… Just because Bashar won the first round, doesn’t mean he won the superfinal. People had to pick between a political act or their native artist. The choice is pretty obvious, we are talking about ICELAND here, a tiny homogenous, neutral country.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
2 months ago
Reply to  Jamie

Hera had a terrible song, I’m sorry. Sigga would have been better.

Yuarith
Yuarith
2 months ago

I liked Blankiflur, Væb and CeaseTone better too but it is what it is xd

Jamie
Jamie
2 months ago

I agree, but hey… it is what it is

Lawrence Gibb
Lawrence Gibb
2 months ago
Reply to  Jamie

It’s time to move on. If indeed RUV was trying to make a point by giving Bashar a place then it’s been made. To me refusing to perform if Israel is in Malmö is an empty gesture and will change nobody’s mind.

duxx
duxx
2 months ago

Iceland wants to be Ukraine

Jamie
Jamie
2 months ago
Reply to  duxx

Such a dumb comparison, insensitive too.

Fatima
Fatima
2 months ago

It’s irrelevant that he won the first round. And obvious that people who voted for the other three acts then got behind her. I’m sad that Sigga didn’t make it but good for Hera.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
2 months ago
Reply to  Fatima

But why Hera instead of Sigga, Vaeb or Anita? That’s what I can’t wrap my head around.

Sebas
Sebas
2 months ago

I said this somewhere else, but what a surprise that people jumped on a (conspiracy) bandwagon for political messaging that they liked… NOT. People need to get of their (social media) bubbles it’s getting kinda sad tbh.

Sebas
Sebas
2 months ago
Reply to  Sebas

get out*

N B
N B
2 months ago

What could they even do in this situation if an error is confirmed? Redo the voting? (a bit too late, and if voting costs money in Iceland people might not want to do it again)

jercle
jercle
2 months ago
Reply to  N B

RUV is desperate to send Bashar, so they might just keep finding ways to rerun the voting until they get the result they want…

Jessica Folcker
Jessica Folcker
2 months ago

‘I have a very uncomfortable question for you… Iceland is Palestine?’

Drama!

Maiyoko
Maiyoko
2 months ago

Yes, of course
*clap* *clap* Okey *clap*

Roy
Roy
2 months ago

The p@lestinians can go and live there.. it will be perfect…

Tipi Tii
Tipi Tii
2 months ago

Einar Stefánsson will fail miserably. I have lost count of the many times winners of the first round in different national selections all over Europe ended up in second place in thd second round of voting. It happens. Those who voted for the third, fourth and fith placed entries had to obviously cast their vote again between 2 other entries they might not have voted for. Hera was the winner. It’s so simple.

Eve
Eve
2 months ago
Reply to  Tipi Tii

If he wants to win so bad, and looks like he’s obsessed with that, he could write a better song perhaps…

Poul Riisen
Poul Riisen
2 months ago
Reply to  Eve

Fair point.

Max
Max
2 months ago
Reply to  Tipi Tii

They „have“ to?

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
2 months ago
Reply to  Tipi Tii

In that case, hate WILL prevail.

Tipi Tii
Tipi Tii
2 months ago

No, reason WILL prevail. The other 3 songs are closer in style to Hera’s than Bashar’s, therefore it is only logical to conclude people would cast a second vote on Hera’s song.

Yuarith
Yuarith
2 months ago

I’m really loving this Icelandic redemption arc, thank heaven Hera won and kudos to her for standing her ground!
On the other hand, Hatari and Bashar stf-u you sore losers!

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
2 months ago
Reply to  Yuarith

Hate will prevail.

Tipi Tii
Tipi Tii
2 months ago

Your hate.

Eve
Eve
2 months ago

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw these news. Seriously?
Can’t they just stop forcing Bashar’s political victory when people in Iceland don’t want that?
Have respect for Hera and her team as well as for the other participants !
Hera won! Period.

Debunkerz
Debunkerz
2 months ago
Reply to  Eve

Thanks to Hera, Iceland has now fallen 10 places in the betting odds and will probably fall even lower.

Lol
Lol
2 months ago
Reply to  Debunkerz

So what? favorites loose national finals every year. She won the competition fair and square

beccaboo1212
beccaboo1212
2 months ago
Reply to  Lol

True. 🙂

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
2 months ago
Reply to  Lol

And now she is everybody’s last place.

Ari
Ari
2 months ago
Reply to  Debunkerz

Ah the betting odds. What would we do without them and how would we ever form opinions? At least she doesn’t have to be scared of heights anymore and can perform with nothing to lose. She’ll do great.

beccaboo1212
beccaboo1212
2 months ago
Reply to  Debunkerz

Not if you die.

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
2 months ago
Reply to  Debunkerz

Iceland were high just because of the politics of it…

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
2 months ago
Reply to  Eve

Hera’s victory is also a political victory! An Israeli victory!

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
2 months ago

Hateful person…
Hera’s victory is only an Icelandic one – the public has spoken.

Exena
Exena
2 months ago

They dropped odds from top 3 to top 15 so they should be interested to switch the act

Nils
Nils
2 months ago
Reply to  Exena

Yes, let’s overturn the will of the Icelandic people because the odds say so.

And as soon as we’re done, let’s take the glass microphone from Salvador Sobral and hand it over to Francesco Gabbani. Obviously he was the legitimate winner in 2017. The odds proved it.

*sarcasm off*

Maiyoko
Maiyoko
2 months ago

Sore loser much?, even Kalush Orchestra didn’t desperate like this.

He lost the second round with the same televote number, that’s mean his song is boring, no one want to vote for him again in the super final, i can see all the pop girl stan of Sigga and Anita vote for Hera, i guess they prefer a pop song over his mid song. I hope he can accept his lose, get over it and comeback with a better song.

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Maiyoko

Kalish Orchestra also lost their final, complained, and ended up winning the whole contest…

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Kalush

Ari
Ari
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

I feel bad for Alina Pash. She would be a hero now. Definitely one of the most bitter NF stories ever. It seemed a bit like Kalush and the broadcaster bullied her into submission.

Ari
Ari
2 months ago
Reply to  Ari

The English rap is still cringey though.

Yuarith
Yuarith
2 months ago
Reply to  Ari

Idk why Ukrainian singers love doing cringey English rap verses

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Ari

I can’t remember all the details, but I’m sure there was some forged documents somewhere in the story. A sorry tale.

Ari
Ari
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Oh right, I forgot… I remember she was under fire for visiting Crimea which is heinous, but not from her side, heinous from the law. But then the forgery was what did her in, so I guess she brought it on herself in a way.

Matt
Matt
2 months ago
Reply to  Ari

I mean I want to feel bad for her but she did fake travel documents and initially lied about it. Sure Kalush complained but in the end, it turned out they were right

Ari
Ari
2 months ago
Reply to  Matt

True, can’t defend faking documents.

jercle
jercle
2 months ago

Oh here we go…I expected RUV would find a way to make Hera stand aside for Bashar, and here we are.

Honestly, why didn’t RUV just go and internally select Bashar? It would have saved everyone time and money, and he’s the act they wanted anyway.

poe-tay-toe chips
poe-tay-toe chips
2 months ago
Reply to  jercle

Yeah admittedly it’s a little strange when they’ve also decided songvakeppnin is no longer the official selection process anymore

they could technically still be like “you know what actually we want him” but at this point that would cause a stir of its own

Carl
Carl
2 months ago

Iceland 2022 comes to mind ?

Moses
Moses
2 months ago

lol…good one

John
John
2 months ago

Wait are you telling me that everyone who voted for an indigenous Icelandic act in Round 1 then switched their votes to Hera in the Superfinal? Must be some Zionist conspiracy. Maybe they used those Jewish space lasers.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
2 months ago
Reply to  John

It’s got to be those ‘dancing Israelis’

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago

Einar was just a translator on the Icelandic version, not a composer proper on the song… right?

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

For the English-language video, Einar is jointly credited with Bashar for the music & lyrics.

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Oh thank you, don’t know how I missed such a strong link to Iceland.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

It’s easy to overlook. It’s actually at the very bottom of the credits list (for real).

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Mattias Tryggvi Haraldsson did the Icelandic translation. Apologies, sir.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
2 months ago

*Looks at evidence… sigh.
I guess they’ll all have to sing again then 😛
Or, the broadcaster could just have the power to decide on their own. Oh, wait, they do?! Okay then.

Ana
Ana
2 months ago

I just listened to his song for the first time and it’s kind of cringe. I don’t know, there was something about it that sounds like those songs kids record for their birthday telling about how cool and special they are. Also he’s not exactly a great singer. So besides being incredibly political (which is forbidden only for Jews I guess), I can’t see the hype. Like, what’s the appeal?

Ari
Ari
2 months ago
Reply to  Ana

Politics was its appeal. People who don’t even watch Eurovision were wetting themselves over Iceland sending this. Thankfully Hera closed that door and nailed it shut.

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Ari

Maybe, maybe not. Don’t forget that this contest was totally separatized from selecting Iceland’s entry. Hera won, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they have to pick her for May. Bashar still has an in, technically…

Ari
Ari
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Oh yes they have to if they have any sense of right and wrong. Hera already said she wants to go and won despite all the odds against her and Mr Wild West shamelessly playing the Palestine card on air every chance he got. Her winning in spite of all that is a miracle. It’s her or nobody.

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Ari

It’ll be nice to see it confirmed.

beccaboo1212
beccaboo1212
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Please, not Bashar. I wish he were born in another Arab country that doesn’t to propaganda (e.g. Lebanon, Morocco, United Arab Emirates, or Egypt).

ThorBeta
ThorBeta
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

No, he doesn’t. According to what RÚV announced a few weeks ago they decided that they will hold Söngvakeppnin and then discuss with the winner about participating in ESC or not. They will not discuss with the runner up or any other participants. So, it’s either Hera or Iceland is out, simple enough.

Polegend Godnova
Polegend Godnova
2 months ago
Reply to  Ana

“Also he’s not exactly a great singer.” now we’ve said it! his accent is unlistenable!

Jaccobabe
Jaccobabe
2 months ago

I think most people who wanted Bashar to win voted for him in the first round. Those who didn’t want him to win, voted for one of the other songs.

In the super final most of them voted for Hera (since they didn’t want him to win).

Maiyoko
Maiyoko
2 months ago
Reply to  Jaccobabe

Or maybe they prefer Hera song over his mid song (both are mid song if you ask me)

Kosey
Kosey
2 months ago

This is not a great look for Iceland unfortunately

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
2 months ago
Reply to  Kosey

They still have Ja Ja Ding Dong

Maiyoko
Maiyoko
2 months ago
Reply to  Kosey

They want to be Vibdir so bad

Ari
Ari
2 months ago

I stand by Hatari 2019, musically it was the right choice because it was the only interesting song they had that year. Hera Björk was 2nd then and her song was incredibly boring, no alternative. But this time, Hera winning was the biggest service to the contest anyone will achieve this year. And I never wanna see Hatari ever again in this contest in an capacity. They’ve done quite enough. Nei takk.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
2 months ago
Reply to  Ari

No! They must go again! They have more work to be done! Hera will be an instant NQ

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
2 months ago
Reply to  Ari

She actually came 4th in 2019, I’ve checked it recently

Ari
Ari
2 months ago
Reply to  Roy Moreno

My bad.