On Saturday, the moment finally came for Daði og Gagnamagnið to formally reveal “10 Years”, Iceland’s entry for Eurovision 2021. The song was revealed on a special episode of RÚV’s Straumar, which was solely dedicated to Daði and his mates.
Daði og Gagnamagnið performed the song live on the show. The music video will be released in a couple of weeks.
Daði og Gagnamagnið – “10 Years” (Eurovision 2021 – Iceland)
Just like its predecessor, “10 Years” is a disco banger, packed with warm and light-hearted humour.
But it has a deeper meaning, diving into Daði’s relationship with his wife, mother of his child and fellow Gagnamagnið member, Árný Fjóla Ásmundsdóttir. As the title says, the couple have been together for 10 years.
“The working progress for this was definitely more different”, Daði said before premiere the song to Iceland and the rest of Europe/Australia but was nonetheless his serene self, and was not too nervous about the whole thing. His wife Árný was of course by his side, being the muse behind the lyrics. “It was a little weird, yes” she admitted but says that Daði asked her permission before using their life and love story as an inspiration for “10 Years”.
10 years of love and laughter from Daði og Gagnamagnið, which hits Spotify tonight.
As reported previously, RÚV and Daði dealt with a nasty leak after they submitted the song to the EBU. A short snippet could be heard on YouTube, before the Icelandic broadcaster had it swiftly removed. RÚV stated that the leak was unacceptable and not a good look for the EBU.
Although it was only on the internet for a few hours, the snippet was enough to knock the song off the top of the betting odds (admittedly coinciding with the release of a very strong song from Switzerland). But that hasn’t fazed Daði or Gagnamagnið and they’re as cheerful and optimistic as ever.
What do you think about Iceland’s Eurovision 2021 entry? Is Daði heading for a top ten placing with “10 Years”?