Y’all thought the drama would begin and end in Germany? Not quite. A scandal has erupted in Iceland, with the news that María Ólafsdóttir‘s dancers who performed in the national final performance of “Unbroken” will no longer be required in Vienna. There’s now a lot of heat in Iceland.
Initially the StopWaitGo production team (the people behind “Unbroken”) said they were all one big happy family and would stick together from Reykjavík to Vienna, no matter what. But now the guys have decided to trim the family tree and leave María’s two dancers at home – devastating news for the dynamic dance duo.
StopWaitGo broke the news to the dancers at a private meeting last Thursday. According to Þórey Birgisdóttir (the blonde dancer), that decision felt like a splash of cold water, since the original plan had always been for the group to stick together and the girls would accompany María on the stage in Vienna. Þórey told Icelandic website dv.is that not only had the pair been cut out, no apparent reason was given other than the team had “rethought” the act.
Because of the planned trip to Vienna, both the dancers had turned down several other gigs and projects, and are now somewhat unemployed. To top that, their families have also been caught out after buying tickets to the show and paying for flights and accommodation in Vienna – money probably won’t be refunded.
After the victory in February, many thought that the dancers were a little too hungry for attention and thus stealing María’s thunder. This was a criticism that the dancers themselves took notice of, and have for the past month been changing the dance routine and rehearsing new moves, that would set the focus more on María herself. It turns out that they went through all that trouble for nothing.
In brief statement, that StopWaitGo made at RÚV- headquarters earlier tonight, the team said they’ll take full responsibility for the situation. After consulting with numerous professionals and experts on the matter that is Eurovision, they decided to cut the dancers from the act. Pálmi Ragnar Ásgeirsson, one of the StopWaitGo team, stated that they are truly and deeply sorry for all the pain and the disappointment their decision caused, and want to try their absolute very best to make up for it in any way possible, but when it comes down to business, the act, the staging and the singing should always be the main focus. “It doesn’t matter if its Super Bowl or Eurovision. It is extremely difficult to perform live, and we want to do everything we can, to enhance María’s performance,” said Pálmi Ragnar.
Are these dancers right to be annoyed? Or did StopWaitGo make the right decision by losing the dancers?