The grand final of Iceland‘s Söngvakeppnin 2020 is due to take place in just over ten days. But already one of the finalists has gone viral, with attention from European media stars. Daði Freyr‘s entry “Think About Things” is causing a stir on social media, including a supportive tweet from UK Eurovision commentator Rylan Clark-Neal.
Last weekend, Daði Freyr and his group Gagnamagnið qualified for the Söngvakeppnin grand final with the Icelandic version of their song, also titled “Gagnamagnið”. But they’ll be taking the English version, “Think About Things” to Iceland’s grand final on 29 February.
It’s the music video for “Think About Things” that has caught people’s attention. The video was released ahead of the second semi-final. In it, the singer and his band appear at a traditional family gathering and perform their song in the most non-traditional way.
The video caught the attention of UK journalist Rob Holley, who tweeted an excerpt from the video. So far, it has clocked up over 191,000 views.
Meanwhile, in Iceland…. pic.twitter.com/YuJVzS6dDy
— Rob Holley (@robholley) February 17, 2020
This in turn got on the radar of Rylan Clark-Neal, the UK television host and BBC’s Eurovision semi-final commentator. He retweeted the video, and wrote: “This could do well”.
This could do well https://t.co/N20BpyCZTv
— Rylan Clark-Neal (@Rylan) February 18, 2020
Also taking note of Daði and friends was the UK newsreader, television personality and Celebrity Big Brother star India Willoughby. She was certain that “Think About Things” was destined for greatness, writing “Cancel Eurovision 2020. Contest over. Played this all day! Real ear-worm. Surely the winner?”
— India Willoughby (@IndiaWilloughby) February 18, 2020
The song has also got attention in Germany. Journalist Stefan Niggemeier retweeted a post of the video from the Common Eurofan Girl account. He described it as “Stranger Things meets Eurovision”, perhaps referring to the 1980s synth sound of the song and the retro style of the video.
Stranger Things meets Eurovision. (Einer der Finalisten im isländischen Vorentscheid am 29.2.) https://t.co/O2bNHd2LA6
— Stefan Niggemeier (@niggi) February 18, 2020
German satirist Jan Böhmermann — who has 2.2 million followers on his Twitter account — is also a fan of the song. He posted the video simply with emojis of hearts and the Icelandic flag along with “OMG!”.
?????? OMG! ??????https://t.co/MCMfkgsgeo
— Jan Böhmermann ? (@janboehm) February 18, 2020
Update: The buzz continues. The acclaimed actor Russell Crowe has also tweeted a link to “Think About Things”, simply saying “Song”. The Academy-award-winning actor also has a musical background, from his days as 1980s pop icon Russ Le Roq, to his Aussie rock band 30 Odd Foot of Grunts to starring in the film adaption of the hit musical Les Misérables.
— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) February 19, 2020
Towards the Söngvakeppnin 2020 grand final
But it’s not quite time for Daði & Gagnamagnið to start booking their flight to Rotterdam. Despite the hype, they will still need to win Iceland’s national final Söngvakeppnin 2020 on Saturday 29 February.
Also competing for the right to represent Iceland at Eurovision 2020 will be Ísold & Helga with “Meet Me Halfway”, Nína Dagbjört with “Echo”, Iva with “Oculis videre” and DIMMA with “Almyrkvi”.
The Söngvakeppnin grand final will also feature guest performances from 2019 winners Hatari and Norway’s Eurovision 2019 stars KEiiNO.
What do you think? Should Daði & Gagnamagnið represent Iceland in Rotterdam? Who is your Söngvakeppnin favourite? Tell us your thoughts below.