On Saturday, Daði og Gagnamagnið had been due to present his Eurovision 2021 entry “10 Years”. But the surprise was spoiled when a leaked version of the song started appearing on social media yesterday. Now Icelandic broadcaster RÚV has spoken out about the leak, describing it as being “clearly theft”.
RÚV’s head of television Skarphéðinn Guðmundsson described the situation as upsetting but said that the Iceland team were still sticking with their release plans.
He also said that the broadcaster had contacted the Eurovision organisers wanting answers to how the leak happened. Guðmundsson explained, “What happened is that we submitted the song on Tuesday, when we were required to submit it to the Eurovision contest. And less than a day later it had been leaked, or it has leaked on the internet.”
While some Eurovision songs have been available prior to their scheduled debut due to releases on legitimate streaming platforms, in Iceland’s case the song appears to have been deliberately leaked.
“Something we can feel positive about”
Guðmundsson is also focusing on the positive side of the leak. He said, “It shows how great the anticipation is when it comes to how much people want to hear this song. That is something we can feel positive about, that there is a lot of excitement to hear the entry from Daði & Gagnamagnið this year.”
And the leak isn’t getting the Icelandic team down. Guðmundsson was philosophical about the situation, saying, “It’s impossible to trace it and all we can do is stick to our course and stay dignified. Daði is relaxed and we are relaxed and are holding course.”
RÚV’s current focus remains the official premiere of Daði & Gagnamagnið’s song “10 Years”. It will be presented on the music show Straumar, this Saturday 13 March from 20:45 CET.
RÚV also gave a preview of the group’s outfits for 2021. While still featuring the iconic pixel art portraits of the band members, the group are now wearing futuristic jumpsuits, ready for action.
Nýja lagið verður frumflutt í þættinum Straumar á laugardagskvöld.
Setjið endilega puttana í eyrun þangað til ??? pic.twitter.com/r1MvU2SjS1
— RÚV (@RUVohf) March 11, 2021
In the post, the broadcaster wrote, “The new song will be premiered in the show Straumar on Saturday night. Make sure you put earplugs in your ears until then.”
Daði Freyr covers ‘Kim Possible’ theme song
Ahead of the launch of “10 Years”, Daði also took the time to get in a little promo on BBC Radio 1 — and it was for a good cause. Daði make an appearance in LOL-a-thon — the station’s 24-hour fundraiser in aid of the UK charity Comic Relief.
As part of the Unexpected Song Challenge, Daði performed a cover of Christina Milian’s “Call Me, Beep Me!”, the theme song of the hit 2000s cartoon series Kim Possible.
He took things a cappella, using layers of Daði vocals, including beatboxing, to deliver a slick cover of the cartoon theme song.
Scott & Chris have launched their 'Unexpected Song Challenge', asking artists to do weird & wonderful covers!
— BBC Radio 1 (@BBCR1) March 11, 2021
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