Daði og Gagnamagnið will represent Iceland at Eurovision 2021. Daði Freyr — the group’s frontman — broke the news on social media on Friday 23 October.
Daði og Gagnamagnið to represent Iceland at Eurovision 2021
“Eurovision 2021!”, wrote Daði on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. “I’m coming back next year and Gagnamagnið is joining me! So I guess I’m writing another Eurovision song”.
He ends the statement by sharing a link to some newly-released “Think About Things” remixes.
?I’m coming back next year and Gagnamagnið is joining me!
So I guess I’m writing another Eurovision song.
Also closing the Think About Things chapter of my life with some remixes released today:https://t.co/SZ6X8IY1ub
Thank you for all the support! pic.twitter.com/ovbxqCjfTp
— Daði Freyr ? (@dadimakesmusic) October 23, 2020
Broadcaster RUV promptly followed up with a press release of its own.
Program director Skarphéðinn Guðmundsson expressed his pleasure that Daði would get a second shot at being Iceland’s representative. “Daði won Söngvakeppnin 2020 with excellence and the reception of the Icelandic contribution has never been so good”, he says “We are therefore very happy and proud to be able to send this great musician and his people out as was intended last time”.
Skarphéðinn goes on to add that it was not a clear cut decision. Many factors had to be considered. However, after much thought, the delegation decided that internally selecting the Gagnamagnið was the right thing to do. “Not least in light of the unprecedented situation that arose this year that no Eurovision Song Contest has been held for the first time in history. We thought it was both right and fair. ”
The reselection of Daði og Gagnamagnið for 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.
The announcement of their reselection comes after a summer of speculation. On numerous occasions, Daði had said that he would be happy to go to Eurovision 2021 but only if selected through an internal selection. He told a German newspaper that “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 had 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.
Despite the obvious eagerness from the UK Top 40 hitmaker, Icelandic broadcaster RUV wasn’t always forthcoming on what it planned to do next. As recently as 18 October, Iceland’s Head Of Delegation Felix Bergsson had said that a final decision was yet to be made.
RUV statement on selecting Daði og Gagnamagnið for Eurovision 2021
RUV’s full statement reads as follows:
The musician Daði Freyr Pétursson will represent Iceland in the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam in May. RÚV contacted Daði Freyr who agreed to compose a song for the competition.
The song Think About Things with Daði and Gagnamagnið won Söngvakeppnin 2020, but due to COVID-19, Eurovision, which was to take place in Rotterdam, was cancelled. The song had a big success, however, but as of this writing it has been played almost 55 million times on Spotify. The song won the audience vote in many European countries, including all the other Nordic countries.
The only right thing in the situation
Skarphéðinn Guðmundsson, RÚV’s program director, is pleased that Daði Freyr has accepted the invitation to participate again. “Daði won Söngvakeppnin 2020 with excellence and the reception of the Icelandic contribution has never been so good. We are therefore very happy and proud to be able to send this great musician and his people out as intended last time. Of course, many things had to be considered when this decision was made, but after much deliberation, we felt this was the only right thing to do, not least in light of the unprecedented situation that arose this year that no Eurovision Song Contest was held for the first time in history. We thought it was both right and fair, “says Skarphéðinn and adds:” We believe that the nation strongly wants Daði and Gagnamagnið to compete on our behalf in this competition.
Most fun to win
Daði Freyr is very excited to be on the Eurovision stage: “I am very excited about this. The reason why I competed in Söngvakeppnin 2020 was to try to go with Gagnamagnið to experience Eurovision from the inside. We always aimed to see how far we could get in the race and it will be the same next year. The entire Gagnamagnið team will be included. The main thing in this is that it will be fun, but I think it would of course be most fun to win. Now I just hope that there will be a real competition, “he says. But has he composed the song? “I have come up with some ideas about the song, but nothing has been decided. I actually know what the music video will be like and have some key points that need to be made in the staging, so I will compose the song around it. I will try to compose a song that fits the scene but not the other way around, Eurovision is something special. But this will be a happy song, it is quite clear! “
Great music program in preparation
It is therefore clear that there will be no Söngvakeppnin next year. The competition has been one of the biggest TV events in the country in recent years, but Skarphéðinn asks fans of the competition not to panic. “Of course we will have a strong music program in February and March, at the time when Söngvakeppnin would have taken place and that program will to some extent be related to Söngvakeppnin and Eurovision,” he says. Preparations have already begun for a successful program where music and entertainment will be paramount.
The Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Rotterdam on May 18, 20 and 22, 2021.