When we last heard from Daði Freyr, he was busy putting the final touches on the Eurovision 2021 song he and Gagnamagnid will perform in Rotterdam this May.

And today Icelandic broadcaster RÚV has confirmed the date when we’ll finally hear the upbeat pop track — which will include some of your voices. The song premieres on the new Icelandic show Straumar (Streams) on March 13.

But there’s more good news! To fill your endless appetite for everything related to the “Think About Things” hitmakers, Iceland will air documentaries on February 27 and March 6. They’ll cover the group’s history — from their 2017 song “Is This Love”? to the unprecedented attention they received in the run-up to Eurovision 2020.

Daði og Gagnamagnið will release their Eurovision 2021 song March 13

The group ain’t coming to play.

“This is a competition so we have the mentality to win this,” Daði tells RÚV. “The emphasis is placed on advancing to the finals so that there can be a good party here on Saturday. I do not quite see the point of competing in a competition if you are not going to see if you can win.”

The father-of-one also confirmed that the song will be finalized in the next few days, and that costumes and staging are being prepared for a music video, which will be premiered at the end of March. He also teased a video game in which Daði and Gagnamagnið will play a key role.

He says that knowing that he’s booked for Eurovision has allowed him to make plans for the next few months — something he couldn’t do last year when it was unclear if he’d pass the national final. “I have a lot ready that I did not have last time,” he says. “You can plan things further ahead instead of going to the preliminary competition without knowing if we will continue.”

Are you saving the date? Do you think the Icelanders can keep their momentum going? Let us know in the comments box below!

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Popo
Popo
1 month ago

RIP Söngvakeppin, we will never forget you. But welcome Straumar!

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 month ago
Reply to  Popo

It will likely return next year, but They wanted to give dadi a direct chance to represent Iceland again this year

Esc addict
Esc addict
1 month ago

It’s too late, and it’s useless to do that, it won’t be an advantage cause all the countries seeking for “hype” “desesperately” will do the same, Bulgaria, Russia, Iceland, Austria, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Moldova, Azerbaïdjan, Romania, Germany, Malta, Greece, Ireland, North Macedonia, San Marino, Serbia, Czech Republic, Georgia, moreover the 13th of March is the day of the melfest final, not the best day for Daddy to stand out, and for his will to win absolutely. Only with the internal selections we will have 18 songs in the beginning of March……. and Italy Sweden Estonia Portugal Denmark, 5 songs by… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by Esc addict
Sabrina
Sabrina
1 month ago

The (very) late release makes sense in Dadi’s case, because he was arguably the frontrunner when last year’s contest was cancelled. Also, he has a very particular style that will probably stand out anyway. And then Iceland will have “the last word of the conversation”, which can work for them if the song is well received. But for many other countries, leaving it to March will probably be dangerous, they may be lost under more hyped ones.

Sale
Sale
1 month ago

I love it how a lot of delegations and artists this year think they will build up hype with releasing their songs late in March… Well I hate go break it to them but what they are doing is actually quite contrary, we will have a lot of songs releasing then thus the songs as an entity of their own wont be able to get the atention they deserve in terms of views, streams etc. Releasing the song earlier could help them see reactions and based on those reactions change the things they see fit and do a revamp if… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by Sale
BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 month ago
Reply to  Sale

That’s exactly what I’m thinking too.

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
1 month ago

Looking forward to it very much! I imagine quite a lot of delegations will have this in their diaries as well.

Una
Una
1 month ago

All the best to Daði and Gagnamagnið but I wish they released their song sooner. Talking in general now – I absolutely see the late release of internal selection songs as a very calculated move. Observe the competition and/or not give away your song so that competition cannot know what you’ve got, thus be less able to do better than you. It’s this “competition” aspect that I hate – and yes I know we’re talking about a song contest. And yes, I know there are many people behind the scene that are involved. And yes, wanting to win is OK,… Read more »

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
1 month ago
Reply to  Una

The drive for excellence is what makes Dadi’s work so competitive.

I hear what you’re saying, Una, and sympathise. I think what the issue you’re identifying is the way that the competition can be ‘gamed’ — in a way that would not be as easy to do if all songs were released on the same day, for example.

Dadi was the clear favourite to win ESC 2020, and the only 2020 act that truly broke out of the Eurovision bubble (in quite a phenomenal way). It would not make sense to rush out the entry for ESC 2021.

Last edited 1 month ago by Jimmy Smit
Jamie
Jamie
1 month ago
Reply to  Jimmy Smit

What you mean? The Roop won like basically everywhere how are they clear winners?

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
1 month ago
Reply to  Jamie

I mean exactly what I mean 😉 Iceland was the clear favourite. I can certainly explain why I think so. It’s also completely fine to disagree 🙂 Iceland won 6 of the 10 main ESC 2020 shows that national broadcasters put on to decide a ‘winner’ of 2020. Australia – ESC 2020: Big Night In (winner: Iceland) Austria – Der Kleine Song Contest (winner: Iceland) Bulgaria – BNT’s mobile app (winner: Switzerland) Denmark – Europe Shine a Light (winner: Iceland) Finland – Viisukevät 2020 (winner: Iceland) Germany – Das deutsche Finale (winner: Lithuania) Iceland – Okkar 12 stig (winner: Italy)… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by Jimmy Smit
Robyn Gallagher
Admin
1 month ago
Reply to  Jimmy Smit

There are too many uncertainties to say who “would have won” Eurovision 2020. Like, how would it have gone ahead? A usual full arena show? One with no audience? A video vote only? How would the pandemic have affected it? Would audiences have been moved by Diodato giving an emotional performance during the Italian lockdown? Another thing to keep in mind – a lot of those polls were voted on either by Eurovision fans or the equivalent of a public televote – and they are all Western European. How would the juries have voted? How would Eastern viewers have voted?… Read more »

Robyn Gallagher
Admin
1 month ago

P.S. My favourite statistic – at the time Eurovision 2020 was cancelled, Iceland was not even in the bookies top 5 countries to win Eurovision!

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
1 month ago

Yeah, I agree with most of the logic here. It’s ultimately a moot point to argue about who would have won ESC 2020. The COVID context is a minefield of hypotheticals. People are still entitled to their opinions though and to have fun with it 🙂 All of your questions are exactly the kind of fun questions for Eurovision fans to ponder about over a drink! I stand by my comment that Iceland were a clear frontrunner 😉 The general point I made above stands to reason: “Dadi was […] the only 2020 act that truly broke out of the… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
1 month ago
Reply to  Jamie

The Roop were obviously in the mix too–I totally agree, and I love On Fire–but they didn’t win “everywhere” and I just don’t think they would have placed high enough in either the public or jury vote.

Last edited 1 month ago by Jimmy Smit
ESC8
ESC8
1 month ago

It could’ve been later, like 15/3. Honestly, I can’t find a reason as to why all the entries need to be revealed so late. If they were released in mid February they would have time to get feedback in order to make some arrangements to the song, or even a revamp. Besides, if everyone is about to make public their song in 13/3-15/3 they’re gonna lose their momentum, it will be an entry among tons of others. I REALLY don’t get it. We will get to hear 25-30 entries in 2 days. This will be somewhat unfair for some countries,… Read more »

Mors
Mors
1 month ago
Reply to  ESC8

Elena Tsagrinou, Ana Soklic and Go_A are planning to reveal their songs at the end of February (at least the former 2), so that’s 3 internally selected songs confirmed for February. I also think that Samanta Tina will reveal her song in February if the rumours of a January release are false. We still don’t know anything about the song releasing plans/overall plans of Belarus, Belgium (last year Hooverphonic released (pun intended) their song in February), Moldova, Poland, San Marino, Serbia, Czech Republic, Armenia, Georgia, Netherlands, Spain, UK, Germany… so we could still have plenty of songs released in February.… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by Mors
ESC8
ESC8
1 month ago
Reply to  Mors

The numbers I mentioned were approximately. I didn’t count the countries one by one. But lots of countries will reveal their entries in March, besides many national finals are scheduled already for March. Even if all those countries that you’re mentioning reveal their songs in February, then we will have by the end of February 20 entries revealed (assuming that we will get those 17 that you’re mentioning in February +Albania, Israel & France that we already have or will have by the end of January). Even if we get those 20 countries by the end of February (and I… Read more »

KRM
KRM
1 month ago

I’m pretty sure that Victoria, Destiny, Efendi, Little Big (if they get chosen) will most likely follow this trend as well.

Mors
Mors
1 month ago
Reply to  KRM

Victoria already confirmed that she will reveal her song in March. I agree that Destiny, Efendi, and possibly Little Big would reveal their entries in March.

KRM
KRM
1 month ago
Reply to  Mors

Actually, I didn’t mean March, but that they will most likely release their songs during the last day, some even after it.

xohxoh
xohxoh
1 month ago

So everyone’s gonna reveal their songs at the last minute, huh?!

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 month ago
Reply to  xohxoh

I’m predicting it’s going to be such a glut of song releases in March that It’s gonna take a while for all those songs to reach major viewing milestones because there’s so many of them and attention is scattered.

Alo
Alo
1 month ago
Reply to  xohxoh

It’s annoying lol.
And honestly I don’t know if it is that smart to release some songs in the same day because probably there will be one that will take most of the focus..

Badwoolfgirl
Badwoolfgirl
1 month ago
Reply to  Alo

I think the reason there’s going to be so many March releases this year is because the last few winning songs have been released or won their national final in March and these artists think if they release in March, they will have a high chance to win or do well. But if the bulk of the 2021 songs are going to drop in March, it’s going to be a fight for attention. Our winner could be from a song released earlier in this season like the Roop or Keiino because they’ve had more time to grow and develop their… Read more »

Alo
Alo
1 month ago
Reply to  Badwoolfgirl

Dadi will be good probably but maybe not a contender (we’ll see).
I think the roop are the ones to watch right now.
I have a feeling that keiino might lose..i dk something didn’t work for me in the staging.
And honestly I think voila with the right staging might have a chance to score very high.

Badwoolfgirl
Badwoolfgirl
1 month ago
Reply to  Alo

I love Keiino’s song and I hope they will win to represent Norway again, but I do agree that their staging needs work. It’s too damn dark and I think it needs some color.

Leo
Leo
1 month ago

I will be interested to see the sequel to Neon Planets, and the ESC version of Polybius. I also wonder if Will Ferrell can feature in his video.

Teeks
Teeks
1 month ago

Can’t wait for this, not just because I’m hopefully singing on it 🙂 That said it will have to be great to beat Discoteque!

Badwoolfgirl
Badwoolfgirl
1 month ago
Reply to  Teeks

If the song is good enough. I like the idea of two countries battling out for their very first Eurovision win, because both Iceland and Lithuania are the only countries in their respective regions (Nordic and Baltic) that have never won before. It would be a race to see which region will be completed this year.

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
1 month ago
Reply to  Badwoolfgirl

It would also be sweet and poetic to have the two frontrunners from 2020 also end up as the top two frontrunners of 2021. Maybe even a collobaration when it’s all done and dusted.