The Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — is reviewing and rating the 39 competing songs in Eurovision 2021. Next we journey to Iceland where Daði og Gagnamagnið have “10 Years”. Did the song make us want to celebrate their anniversary? Read on to find out!
Daði og Gagnamagnið – “10 Years”
“10 Years” reviews
Kristín: After the success of “Think About Things” last year, the pressure Daði was under to bring something similar or better to the table, would have broken us “normal” people within weeks. But the guy is almost unnaturally serene and practically nothing seems to faze him. “10 Years” might not reach the same heights as “Think About Things” but that does not make it a worse song. It has that genuine quality and realness that is Daði’s trademark. The guy really loves his wife and is not afraid to show it! “10 Years” is the end of a trilogy, which started with “Is This Love?” back in 2017, followed by his heartfelt ode to their daughter. And now it has been a decade of love for the couple and what better way to celebrate their loving relationship than to introduce this banger to Europe? It’s Daði og Gagnamagnið endgame as well. A hilarious and entertaining goodbye to brilliant times and to a phenomenon that no one saw coming —not even the group itself. “10 Years” is a slamdunk end of an era, and will definitely do well, because it’s both fun and catchy with the right amount of lovable dorkiness and of course, a huge heart.
Erdi: When I first listened to the song, all I remembered was the good energy it gave me, Daði knows very well how to deliver it. But the song itself has some problems. “10 Years” is fine but it is not memorable as it should be. I enjoy listening to it but I’m not sure if I would ever be inspired to vote for it at Eurovision.
Antranig: Simply put, “10 Years” is exactly what I expected it to be. Eurovision 2021 is a unique contest because of the number of returning artists whose songs will undoubtedly be compared to their 2020 entries. As someone who enjoyed “Think About Things” but was never raving about it, I think this song is on par with it and that’s probably the biggest compliment I can give it. The lyrics are clever, the musical composition is on brand and I have no doubt that the performance will follow suit. Iceland, you have every right to be proud.
Tobias: I’ve got to be honest. The first couple of times I listened to “10 years” I didn’t get it all, what was this? I was not very impressed. But after a few more listenings I kind of started to appreciate “10 years” more and more. There is something addictive about the funky beat and the lyrics that just makes it so enjoyable to listen to. Even though I am pretty sure there won’t be an Icelandic victory this year I appreciate that Daði Freyr stays true to himself and his artistry.
Diego: As well as being one of the most sophisticated contemporary songwriters of his generation, Daði is a showman. He knows how to sing, how to dance and most of all, he knows how to make good music. “10 Years” opens with a string quartet, but later on, we arrive at a party. Funky, groovy, disco —there is so much to enjoy here! And, there is something even greater, “10 Years” is a declaration of love to Daði’s wife Árný, who’s there with him on stage, dancing and performing. This is an intimate love story playing out in front of 200 million viewers.
Daði og Gagnamagnið – “10 Years” rankings
In the Wiwi Jury we have 24 jurors but only have room for five reviews. The remaining scores are below:
We have removed the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. This is to remove outliers and potential bias. We have removed a low of 3.5 and a high of 9.5.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 7.39/10
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