They’re the Nordic country who were hot favourites to win Eurovision 2020 before its cancellation. But now Iceland has a new dilemma to face ahead of Eurovision 2021: should they hold Söngvakppenin or should they internally select Daði Freyr?
Iceland’s Head of Delegation Felix Bergsson discussed Iceland’s situation in a video interview with ex Czech Republic Head of Delegation Jan Bors. The two had a long chat, talking about Söngvakeppnin, the pandemic and Eurovision 2021.
Bors asked Bergsson to spill the tea on Iceland’s plans for Eurovision 2021 — but the Icelandic HoD had nothing to confirm. He explained:
“There have been no decisions and nothing has been announced yet. It’s still a question — are we going to have a preselection or are we going to go with the same artist again?”
In recent years, Icelandic broadcaster RÚV has accepted entries for its national final from mid-September to mid-October. As things are, it is now too late for RÚV to use this timeline for 2021, suggesting that the broadcaster may have made other plans.
Bergsson also revealed that funding is tighter in the age of the pandemic. The HoD said:
“Covid changed everything. We — like everybody else — are fighting for money at the moment. There’s huge cuts at RÚV at the moment, so we are really making decisions what to do. And even though Eurovision is the biggest event and the pre-selection is one of the biggest events that we take part in every year, they are still counting the money.”
This suggests that RÚV may be looking to internally select Söngvakeppnin 2020 winner Daði og Gagnamagnið in order to keep costs down. Skipping the Icelandic national final could mean reallocating its budget towards Iceland’s Eurovision 2021 efforts.
But it seems there won’t be long until Iceland reveals its plans for Eurovision 2021. Bergsson said “hopefully we will be able to come out with it in the next two or three weeks.”
Will Daði og Gagnamagnið represent Iceland at Eurovision 2021?
Daði Freyr and his group Gagnamagnið won Iceland’s national final Söngvakeppnin 2020 with their popular song “Think About Things”. They were due to head to Eurovision 2020 in Rotterdam before the contest was sadly cancelled.
Since then, the Icelandic artist’s song went on to be a break-out hit and was especially successful in the UK, where it reached 34 in the singles chart.
While other Eurovision broadcasters have internally selected their Eurovision 2020 acts for 2021, broadcaster RÚV has not yet made a statement on the subject.
Earlier this month Daði Freyr told a German newspaper that he was willing to return to Eurovision — but only if he was internally selected. He explained,
“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.”
Fans have also noticed that Daði’s upcoming European tour does not have any dates booked in May 2021, suggesting he could be keeping the month free for Eurovision.
But with neither RÚV nor Daði Freyr able to confirm anything at this stage, fans will just have to keep waiting for news.
What do you think? Should RÚV internally select Daði og Gagnamagnið for Eurovision 2021? Or should they still go ahead with Söngvakeppnin? Tell us your thoughts below!