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Originally planned to do this series over a month or two, but it takes a lot of time. INFE Australia, INFE Ireland and INFE South Africa teamed up to pick their favourite Eurovision entry involving a MALE SINGER from each country that have participated in the Eurovision song contest.


ICELAND 2019 – HATARI interview

INFE Cyprus contacted HATARI in Iceland and the group gladly accepted to answer the questions for their interview.

ESC Covers publishes the interview since this group is a favourite of many Eurovision fans.

1) How do you feel about representing your country at Eurovision?

Our overwhelming victory in the Icelandic preliminaries tells us that Icelanders agree with our agenda of upholding a critical discussion about the competition’s context. Eurovision is a political affair.

2) Since your participation is not something ordinary for Eurovision. Why did you decide to take part in the national final of Iceland?

Eurovision is part of our distributor’s plan to end the capitalist world order.

3) Could you tell us a few things about your career so far?

Hatari was founded in Reykjavík, Iceland in 2015 by Klemens Hannigan and Matthías Tryggvi Haraldsson with masked drummer Einar Hrafn Stefánsson joining shortly after. Joining them on the Eurovision Song Contest stage to dismantle capitalism are dancers / choreographers Sólbjört Sigurðardóttir, Andrean Sigurgeirsson, and Ástrós Guðjónsdóttir.

4) What is the message of your song Hatrið mun sigra?

Hatred Prevails is, in our view, a dystonia, a reflection on power and the powerless, hope and hopelessness. It is a dark vision of the future, a warning against what we see as a possible reality if we do not love one another. Populism is on the rise in Europe.

5) We know your group is an anti capitalist trio. In which way do you act against the capitalism and what do you think of this system?

The system is unsustainable. However, bringing it down is an expensive affair. That’s why we would like to thank our sponsors, SodaDream, for their support along the way.

6) In an interview you said that you will defend Palestinians’ rights against Israel with your act on the stage of Eurovision. This statement caused some reactions from the host country (Shurat HaDin proposed to ban your participation at Tel Aviv). What is your answer for all these things and what exactly will you do?

We view Eurovision as a political entity; no less so than this year, when the contest is being held in Israel. The Palestinians would have been shown support through action if Iceland and other nations had simply decided to withdraw from the contest. If Iceland’s entry ignores the fact that the song contest is political by nature, it undervalues the need for critical dialogue concerning Israel. However, what happens on the stage itself is closely managed, so any last minute attempts to change the act will be foiled. This is the paradox we now face.

7) Do you feel ready to bring Iceland back to the final of Eurovision again?

Yes. We feel ready.

8) Which is your favorite Eurovision entry and why?

The lyrics of Euphoria perfectly describe the impossibility of a capitalistic world order.

9) A message for our audience?

Remember to love before hatred prevails.



Ida Andia of Romania focuses today on Iceland and their chances to advance to the final.

I think Iceland is sending a very original song to the Eurovision this year and on top of it, it will be performed in Icelandic. The song is something that Europe have not hear before – industrial techno. The song is called “Hatrið mun sigra” (“Hate Will Prevail”) and this could end up high in the Grand Final. Hatari is a popular Icelandic band. Maybe they come for revenge as ten years ago, Iceland finished on 2nd in Moscow. A great recipe for this small island.


Hatari and ‘Hatrið Mun Sigra’ for Iceland at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest

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The techno rock band Hatari will represent Iceland at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest with Hatrið Mun Sigra (Hate will prevail) after winning the Söngvakeppnin,

The five finalists –

  1. Friðrik Ómar – Hvað ef ér get ekki elskað – Super Finalist
  2. Kristina BærendsenMama Said
  3. Tara MobeeFighting For Love
  4. Hera BjörkMoving On
  5. Hatari – Hatrið mun sigra – Super Finalist

Hatari won the ticket for Israel and you can see their performance below.

Source: ESC Covers