Hold the press. Daði Freyr Pétursson has clarified that he is open to representing Iceland at Eurovision 20201 with Gagnamagnið — if Icelandic broadcaster RUV “wants to invite us.”
Daði suggested strongly that he would not be open to competing in the national final in 2021, writing on Twitter: “It would just feel weird to me to compete in Söngvakeppnin again.”
This new statement, issued on Thursday, will do much to calm the nerves of fans who worried that they may never see Daði or his signature mint-green sweater on a Eurovision stage again.
I would be honoured and proud to represent Iceland with a new Gagnamagnið song in Eurovision if @RUVohf wants to invite us.
It would just feel weird to me to compete in #Söngvakeppnin again.
Either way I will keep making more music, that's not going to change. <3
— Daði Freyr ? (@dadimakesmusic) March 26, 2020
Will Daði Freyr Pétursson and Gagnamagnið sing at Eurovision 2021?
Thursday’s statement is a clarification to comments published on Wednesday.
Daði told Icelandic media Visir.is that he won’t return for Iceland’s Eurovision 2021 selection 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,” he said. “It would then not come out well for me to re-enter and not win the race.”
He also made it clear in that interview that he was staying away from the national selection show as a singer, but would be happy to compose a song for other artists.
“I might be ready to compose a song, but I’m not going back to Söngvakeppnin.”
This led to a lot of very upset Eurofans, who dream of the Icelandic group dropping their quirky, uplifting vibes at ESC.
Could Iceland choose Daði og Gagnamagnið internally?
Daði’s willingness to be internally selected would, of course, mean that Iceland would have to either cancel Söngvakeppnin or re-format the show so that it focuses on them alone, rather than having the group as one among many competitors.
Söngvakeppnin is a staple of the Eurofan calendar and domestically it draws impressive ratings, with almost everyone in the country watching to see who Iceland will send to ESC.
The broadcaster would have to balance this well-established tradition with the hype and love the country feels for its would-be Eurovision 2020 singers, who, owing to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, missed their chance to build on their status as favourites to win Eurovision.
What do you want to see happen? Should Iceland stage Söngvakeppnin next year? Should they make it a one-act show starring Daði og Gagnamagnið? Or should they just choose the group internally and skip a national selection show altogether? Sound off below!