Eleven months since its release, Daði & Gagnamagnið’s Eurovision 2020 entry “Think About Things” is still putting people in the mood to get up and dance. But now, the dancing has moved from the land and onto the ice, as the tune has been featured on the British television show Dancing on Ice as a part of comedian Rufus Hound’s debut performance.
The programme sees celebrity contestants partnered with professional ice skaters as they learn how to perform ice dance routines. Thus, a similar format to Strictly Come Dancing and Dancing with the Stars, but the contestants wear ice skates instead of ballroom dance shoes.
The 13th season of Dancing on Ice kicked off at the weekend, with the first six contestants taking to the ice rink. This included comedian and actor Rufus Hound, who performed his first routine of the series to Eurovision song “Think About Things”.
Rufus Hound has long been a fan of the Daði Freyr song. Back in March, he recommended the song, and in May he named it as his favourite track of the year. The comedy star is such a “Think About Things” stan that he even has his own official turquoise sweatshirt. So it comes as no wonder that he picked it as one of his Dancing on Ice tunes.
Rufus Hound skates to “Think About Things” on Dancing on Ice
Alongside his professional partner Robin Johnstone, Rufus Hound delivered a fun skating performance to “Think About Things”. The routine had a video games theme to it, with the pair pretending to be characters reminiscent of the Super Mario franchise. This fit well with the funky and electro-pop sound of Daði & Gagnamagnið’s Eurovision song.
Rufus and Robin skated the first part of routine in front of an LED backdrop featuring Super Mario-style graphics. Things then turned a bit darker, but not before a rainbow was projected onto the ice rink, which the couple skated along to finish off the dance.
The judges on this series of Dancing on Ice consist of street dancer Ashley Banjo, actor and singer John Barrowman, plus figure skating Olympic gold medallists Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean.
They gave the following scores and comments on Rufus Hound’s routine:
Ashley: “It might not have been the strongest skate of the night, but for me I think it might be my favourite…The character and the way you guys brought that to life through the choreography was genius.”
Jayne: “The performance was great, it was wonderful. I had to mark it lower because obviously I was looking at the skating.”
Chris: “Unlikely ice dancer, but you proved that you can be.”
John: “I loved it, I thought it had everything in it – lifts, it had skating by yourself, it had partnering, it was joyful, it was fun. I loved the rainbow that you skated around. I think you guys could be the dark horse of this series.”
With a total score of 23.5 out of 40, Rufus and Robin were placed second to last on the week one leaderboard. However, the judges unanimously decided to award the pair the golden ticket, which gave them immunity from the public vote. Hence, they’ll be skating into the next round of the competition.
“Think About Things” on Dancing with the Stars
This isn’t the first time that Daði & Gagnamagnið’s “Think About Things” has been used on a television dancing competition.
In October 2020, British personality Jamie Laing performed a cha-cha-cha to the song for the eighteenth season of Strictly Come Dancing.
Lithuanian singer and Padandom is naujo 2020 contestant KaYra later performed her own cha-cha-cha routine to “Think About Things” as a part of Šok su žvaigžde.
KaYra went on to win the 2020 series of the show and even reprised her “Think About Things” dance in the final.
What do you make of Rufus Hound’s performance? Are you happy to see so many people dancing to “Think About Things” on TV? Sound off below!