This Saturday Iceland will officially start the road to Tel-Aviv with the first gear of  Söngvakeppnin 2019.

2019 season of the national final will have 2 semi-finals with 5 songs each. the top 2 from each semi + a (maybe) wildcard will complete the lineup for the final night on will take place at the Laugardalshöll in Reykjavík on 2 March 2019

Söngvakeppnin-2019 CD Spotify

All the songs available to listen HERE 

 

The Icelandic broadcaster RÚV revealed the running for the 1st semi-final:

P 19 IS – SF1 – 01 – Hatari – Hatrið mun sigra

P 19 IS – SF1 – 02 – Þórdís Imsland – Nú og hér

P 19 IS – SF1 – 03 – Daníel Oliver – Samt ekki

P 19 IS – SF1 – 04 – Kristina Skoubo Bærendsen – Ég á mig sjálf

P 19 IS – SF1 – 05 – Hera Björk – Eitt andartak

 

In just 2 days to the 1st semi-final, anti-capitalist BDSM techno performers art group Hatari, one of the favorites to win and represent Iceland in Tel-Aviv make some PR move on Rás 2 radio make a statement challenged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to a wrestling match on Rabin square May 19th (The day after the Eurovision final).

Here is the Official Statement: (Listen Here)

We address our statement to Benjamin Netanyahu, prime minister of Israel and chairman of the Likud national-liberal movement.

We members of Hatari hereby challenge you to a friendly match of traditional Icelandic trouser grip wrestling, or glíma. The wrestling match is to take place on Magen David Square in Tel Aviv on May 19th at the time of your choosing.

We will use traditional Icelandic trouser grip rules, illegal holds and unsportsmen-like conduct will lead to disqualifications and ensure drengskapur is upheld, a neutral UN sponsored referee will be present.

If the chosen Hatari trouser grip wrestling champion wins this fair match of glíma, members of Hatari reserve the rigths to settle within your borders establishing the first ever Hatari sponsored liberal BDSM colony on the Mediterranian coast. If prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu wins the glíma the Israeli government will be given full political and economic control of South-Icelandic Island muncipality Vestmannaeyjar. Members of Hatari will ensure the successful removal of the islands current inhabitants.

We await your swift response at our email-adress hatari@hatari.is or contact at Icelandicmusicnews.com. Which ever you or your staff prefers.

Hatrið mun sigra, hate will prevail.

Well, it’s always easier to make statements like this when you’re behind a mask… Anyway, may the best song win. Iceland is for sure giving us one of the most exciting national finals of the season with great names like Hera Björk,Friðrik Ómar and Svala (this time as a composer).

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