John Oliver admires Hatari on HBO’s Last Week Tonight

On his American weekly news satire program, John Oliver has taken a look at the Eurovision Song Contest – and Icelandic Hatari in particular.

“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” is released every Sunday on HBO. In that, British born comedian John Oliver takes a humoristic, often critical look at the week that has just been. In the newly released edition, it’s time to tell the Americans that there is more than politics in the world. One thing for example is the apolitical Eurovision Song Contest, which he described as “being a bit like America’s Got Talent, minus the America, and frequently the talent”.

Hatari gets most airtime in the minutes he talk about Eurovision. John Oliver is quite fascinated by the anti-capitalistic band that represented Iceland at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. He calls it lovely and says that now it has finally been answered what would happen if you sprinkle fairy dust on a Criss Angel show! He adds that he would love to talk about Hatari all night, but there are after all more important things.

In the regular “And Now” segment, later in the show, where he brings up something extraordinary from the media landscape, he returned to Hatari. Here the show uses a collage of clips showing a more human side of the band like them giving each other shoulder massage, the lead singer revealing his celebrity crush to be Teresa May and them sending air kisses after qualifying for the final.

This isn’t the first time John Oliver has brought Eurovision up in his programme so we can only wait and see how he will react to the American edition planned to be launched in 2021.

With the song Hatrið mun sigra (Hate will prevail), Hatari finished 10th at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. They received 48 points from the jury, but impressed the TV viewers more who awarded them with 186 points.

In the video below, you can watch a clip from Hatari rehearsing their Eurovision performance.

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