Bookies Give Iceland 4% Chance of Winning Eurovision

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Online bookies are predicting that Iceland will come in 8th place at the Eurovision Song Contest Final on Saturday. Per the current odds on, The Netherlands are well-placed to triumph, with a 47% of winning tonight. Iceland, on the other hand, has a 4% chance of winning, odds it shares with Italy, Russia, and Azerbaijan.

Predictions have Australia coming in second place, although if the country wins (current odds, 12%), the competition would be hosted in an as yet to be determined European country. Switzerland is predicted to come in third place.

Iceland has earned second place twice in the competition: in 1999, for Selma‘s “All Out of Luck” and 2009, for Yohanna’s “Is It True?”. The country has never won Eurovision. By making it through the semi-final, however, Hatari has already exceeded Iceland’s showings in recent years; the country has not qualified for the final since 2014.

Hatari to Represent Iceland at Eurovision

The song “Hatrið mun sigra” (“Hate Will Prevail”) by the band Hatari (‘Hater’) will be Iceland’s entry in this year’s Eurovision song contest in Tel Aviv in May, RÚV reports.

The song won against four other potential competitors at Iceland’s Eurovision selection finals, which took place at Laugardalshöll Sports Centre on Saturday night. It triumphed against “Hvað ef ég get ekki elskað?” (‘What If I Can’t Be Loved?’) by Friðrik Ómar, “Fighting for Love,” by Tara Mobee, “Moving On,” by Hera Björk, and “Mama Said,” by Kristina Skoubo.

Hatari said that they accepted the honor of being Iceland’s Eurovision champions with “apprehensive respect,” and remarked that their win brought them “one step closer to taking down capitalism.”

“Thank you for the faith you’ve shown in us,” the band continued. “We’ll see to this task with conscientiousness and courage and forefront issues that matter.”


Iceland Takes Part in Eurovision in Israel

RÚV, the Icelandic National Broadcast Service, has decided to take part in the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv next year, RÚV reports. Israel will be hosting the competition after Netta Barzilai’s victory this year. It had previously been speculated that Israeli authorities would host the show in Jerusalem, but they ultimately decided to host the event in Tel Aviv. According to RÚV, the fact that Eurovision will be in Tel Aviv played a large part in the decision to take part.

All of the other Nordic national broadcast services will take part, but RÚV had been pressured to boycott this year’s song contest due to the situation in Gaza and Israeli treatment of Palestinians. RÚV program manager Skarphéðinn Guðmundsson states that the challenge was taken seriously. “The decision is grounded in the fact that it’s not a political event, but rather a gathering of different nations who have made it their main mission and guiding light to spread the message of unification and the power of peace found in pop music, and culture altogether. To this point, we’ve not heard of nations who intend to boycott the competition in Israel due to political reasons. The Nordic national broadcast services have been hand-in-hand as they’ve all confirmed their attendance.”, part of his statement reads.

A group of artists recently published an open letter in the Guardian where they challenged European nations to boycott Eurovision 2019. Two Icelandic artists signed the letter, musicians Daði Freyr and Hildur (Hildur Kristín Stefánsdóttir).