The Eurovision NI World Cup 2019 came to an end this afternoon when the poll for the final closed. The final saw Mahmood from Italy take on KEiiNO from Norway. But who was the winner?
The vote was exceptionally close, but KEiiNO triumphed with their song ‘Spirit in the Sky’ which won the entire competition with 50.53% of the vote. Mahmood therefore narrowly missed out on the title with song ‘Soldi’ which is the runner up this year for Italy with 49.47%.
Both finalists have come a long way over the past six weeks making it through the Group Stage and winning each of their battles in the round of 16, Quarter Finals and last week’s Semi Finals.
Mahmood topped Group E with 40.78% of the vote. Advancing to the round of 16, he beat Azerbaijan’s Chingiz with 56% of the vote, followed by Greece’s Katerine Duska in the Quarter Finals with 91.43% of the vote and last week defeated Hatari from Iceland with 73.08% of the vote.
KEiiNO were the runners up to Spain in Group B with 25.27% of the vote. They went on to defeat France’s Bilal Hassani in the round of 16 with 68.18% of the vote, Australia’s Kate Miller-Heidke in the Quarter Finals (51.22%) and then were triumphant in a rematch against Spain’s Miki (62.79%).
KEiiNO have won the Eurovision NI World Cup in 2019 and will join the previous Eurovision NI World Cup winners Nicky Byrne (Ireland, 2016), Imri Ziv (Israel, 2017) and Saara Aalto (Finland, 2018). The Eurovision NI World Cup will return next year for its fifth edition.