Who won? Well technically, no one yet. But after last night’s first heat of Söngvakeppnin, it became very clear after the first song was performed, just who Iceland will be sending to Tel Aviv in May to represent them at Eurovision.
Oh I hate when it’s that predictable! Hate is a strong word – though it’s also the word that Iceland will be screaming to the rest of Europe in a few months’ time. Hatari will most certainly be the 2019 Icelandic Eurovision artist, with their song ‘Hatrið Mun Sigra’. And it’s going to be making a lot of noise on its way there. And we ain’t even mad about it. After four years of having to sit it out in the semi finals, it’s time that Iceland shook some shit up down there on the rest of the continent.
Ok, so what are the technicalities that have to play out before it’s official? Well there’s a second heat next week in which two more songs will qualify to the final (on March 2nd). And there’ll also be a wildcard selected by Icelandic broadcaster RUV, from the eliminated songs, so as to make it a five-song final.
And last night? Oh yeah – Hera Björk was the second finalist. And we’re rooting for Daniel Oliver to take that wildcard slot. If only to make the final a lot more entertaining. ‘Samt Ekki’ is that bop, and we lived for the performance he gave of it.

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