He was one of the break-out acts of the sadly cancelled Eurovision 2020. But Iceland’s Daði Freyr has confirmed that he’s willing to return to Eurovision 2021. However, the “Think About Things” singer says he would only do it if broadcaster RÚV internally selects him.
Daði Freyr opened up in an interview with German newspaper Berliner Zeitung. He talked about how his life has changed since the success of “Think About Things” — and whether Daði og Gagnamagnið will make a return in 2021.
Daði told the newspaper that nothing has been confirmed for 2021 — but he is willing to return. But Daði is clear that he doesn’t want to go through the Söngvakeppnin national final process again.
But it’s for good reason. He explained (in German) that he just wants to focus on Eurovision:
“The only way we’ll be going is if they send us straight to Eurovision. […] I want to compete, but it’s just so much work to do the Icelandic competition, and at this point, it doesn’t really make sense for me to do that whole thing again. If we can go straight to Eurovision, we can focus on that the whole time instead of having to split the focus.”
Daði revealed that he already has some ideas for a 2021 entry, including potential staging for the song. And he’s serious about giving Iceland its first Eurovision win:
“I’m going to try to win – but I’ve got to make a song that’s got the goods to go high in the competition first […] If we can go with our group of friends to Eurovision and take home a trophy, that would be a good story. But the point is not to win. We’re going to aim for the win — but we’ll expect less.”
But he won’t have long to wait to find out Iceland’s plans for 2021. Daði told Berliner Zeitung that he expected to hear from RÚV “in the next few days”.
Will Daði og Gagnamagnið represent Iceland at Eurovision 2021?
Icelandic broadcaster RÚV has confirmed that Iceland will participate in Eurovision 2021, however the broadcaster has not released any details about how Iceland’s entry for Rotterdam will be selected.
In recent years, RÚV has confirmed details of their national final Söngvakeppnin in mid-September. The broadcaster usually accepts entries from mid-September to mid-October. As things are, it is too late for RÚV to use this timeline again, suggesting that the broadcaster may have other plans for 2021.
Fans have also noticed that Daði’s hectic 2021 tour schedule has nothing booked for the month of May. The tour ends in London on 30 April and resumes in Berlin on 2 June. This suggests that Daði may be keeping the month free for a possible Eurovision participation.
But when a fan asked Daði about the empty month, he simply responded “me-time”.
— Daði Freyr ? (@dadimakesmusic) October 2, 2020
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