EUROVISION 2019: What Next – Hatari

What next for this year’s Eurovision finalists?

Iceland: Hatari

by Christopher Smith

Iceland has had a mixed reception at Eurovision in recent years. In the ten years since Yohanna came second with “Is It True?” in 2009, the country has only qualified fives times since and generally finished within the bottom half of the finals board. So this year’s entry from techno-rock band Hatari was greeted with shock and surprise. The trio put forward their song “Hatrið mun sigra” (“Hatred Will Prevail”) and to many others astonishment, came tenth with 232 points.

Hatari formed in 2015 by Klemens Nikulásson Hannigan, Matthías Tryggvi Haraldsson and Einar Hrafn Stefánsson, although it wasn’t until 2017 that they released their debut EP “Neysluvara” and the singles “Ódýr” and “X”. The group have toured and played live extensively in Iceland, and in 2018 played at the annual Eurosonic Noorderslag festival in The Netherlands, premiering their new single “Spillingardans”.

In January 2019, Hatari threw their name into the hat to represent Iceland at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, submitting “Hatrið mun sigra” and winning Söngvakeppnin 2019 above nine other acts. The song was written by the boys themselves and came third in the semi finals just days before the event itself. “Hatrið mun sigra” received just 46 points from the jury, but was more successful in the tele vote, which bestowed them with a further 186 points, the sixth highest by the public at this year’s contest.

Hatari have not rested on their laurels with the contest and have already released a follow up “”Klefi/Samed” with Palestinian artist Bashar Murad with a video shot in Jericho. The group look set for a more assured future now their name is very definitely out there on the world stage!

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