He’s the mastermind behind Iceland’s Eurovision 2020 act Gagnamagnið and the author of their viral hit “Think About Things”. But despite all the success he’s had in recent months, frontman Daði Freyr Pétursson says he won’t return to compete in Iceland’s Eurovision 2021 selection Söngvakeppnin.
Yup. The king of Söngvakeppnin 2020 has told Visir.is that, while he appreciates everything Eurovision has given him, his attention is elsewhere now.
“For my career, this has been a really big springboard, so I can’t complain much,” he said. “Now I have an agent and am talking to a publishing company and all the record companies are trying to catch up with me.”
But no return to Söngvakeppnin?
“No, I will not take part in Söngvakeppnin. We have won this competition once and if I went back then you would feel like people should just pick a person because we had won once and did not go to the competition. It would then not come out well for me to re-enter and not win the race. ”
“I might be ready to compose a song, but I’m not going back to Söngvakeppnin.”
Dadi’s love of Eurovision remains undimmed, as we saw recently when he covered Eleni’s “Fuego”. At the time he said:
“Eurovision was cancelled yesterday, but this morning I asked my Twitter followers to tell me what song from Eurovision they wanted me to play. And this is the song.”
Wearing his signature mint green sweater with 80s era self-portrait, Daði works the mic, synth and soundboards as he lends his deep vocals to Eleni’s sizzling track. As with his would-be Eurovision entry “Think About Things”, he leans toward the funky and soulful, giving the song an entirely new spin.
Eagle-eyed fans may also spot a green bottle of Heineken resting on the bookshelf behind him — perhaps a subtle nod to the Netherlands.
The basketball resting nearby suggests that he makes the most of his height, perhaps shooting hoops when not making music and looking after his newborn daughter — the inspiration for his Songvakeppnin winner.
The description in the YouTube video makes it clear that Daði and his band feel like they’ve gained a lot from Eurovision, even if the experience was unexpectedly cut short.
“I would like to thank the Eurovision community for the support in the last few weeks,” he writes. “Eurovision is cancelled but I am really excited for the future. Now on to make more music!”