They were internally selected to represent Iceland this May, after having won Söngvakeppnin 2020 in a landslide. And now RÚV has released a documentary about Daði & Gagnamagnið’s journey onto the big Eurovision stage.
Running just under 1 and a half hours in total, the film ran over two consecutive Saturday evenings on RÚV, Iceland’s national broadcaster, leading up to the premiere of this year’s song, “10 Years”, which will take place on Saturday March 13. Under normal conditions this time slot would be reserved for Söngvakeppnin, but with an internal selection this year the documentary screening was a way to keep the Icelandic audience on their toes regarding the impending Eurovision Song Contest.
But it’s not only the Icelandic audience that can enjoy Daði & Gagnamagnið’s journey, as RÚV has uploaded the documentary with English subtitles to their Youtube channel. Not much is revealed in this first part of the documentary about this year’s song or performance, but we are teased with a tiny glimpse of some dance moves towards the end. They sure know how to keep us excited!
Starting with footage from Daði’s childhood, it is clear that the documentary isn’t only focusing on Daði & Gagnamagnið’s trip to Rotterdam but also on their personal journey into the spotlight. With a mixture of one on one interviews and observation, we are given an insight into the group’s lives with emphasis on Daði and Árný.
Though Daði & Gagnamagnið’s upcoming Eurovision participation is pending, we are also told the story of the group’s origin, including their first appearance in Söngvakeppnin 2017 where they ended up in second place respectively. Interviews with all members of Gagnamagnið reflect the humour and joie de vivre of the group.
This is manifested when the forming of the group is discussed, where Daði and Jóhann tell us that because six people are allowed on stage, they of course had to fill that quota. And as the rules are that only the singing needs to be live, not the instrumental music, anyone could in theory be on stage. This is evident in Stefán’s comment regarding his participation: “I am not a musician, I am not a dancer. And if I’m being perfectly honest, I have very little rhythm.” But as Jóhann says, he is a funny guy and therefore he was recruited.
Another interesting insight is the origin story of the instruments used on stage. It turns out that Árný’s father constructed them out of various odds and ends and knickknacks, and indeed they are not to be played. They are there for aesthetic and entertainment value only.
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