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Icelandic Band Hatari Makes Eurovision Finals

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Hatari was voted ahead in the first leg of the Eurovision Song Competition semifinals last night in Tel Aviv, Israel. It’s the first time in five years that Iceland makes the finals of the competition. The band will perform in the second half of the final, which will be held this Saturday, May 18.

“We’re very grateful for this opportunity. It’s obvious that capitalism is one step closer to crumbling,” said band member Klemens Hannigan in a press conference following the performance. “Everything is going according to plan.”

This year’s contest has been a subject of controversy due to being held in Israel, with many activists calling for a full boycott of the competition. Hatari has also received criticism for participating in the competition rather than supporting the boycott. The band’s members have expressed support for the Palestinian cause and have stated they are aiming to “forefront issues that matter” during the competition.

RÚV will be broadcasting the second leg of the semifinals this Thursday and the finals on Saturday with English commentary. Watch Hatari’s semifinal performance.

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