Iceland’s Daði og Gagnamagnið have taken to the Rotterdam Ahoy for their first rehearsal of “10 Years” at Eurovision 2021. Last year they captured the world’s hearts with “Think About Things”. Does their 2021 performance hold up? Let’s see…
Iceland’s Daði og Gagnamagnið “10 Years” — Eurovision 2021 first rehearsal
Oliver: Trust Daði and his pals to bring the party. The staging gives space age disco vibes with a pixellated galaxy backdrop. All of the colours — while keeping in line with the 2021 neon theme — compliment each other well and are visually pleasant. Meanwhile, an army of Gagnamagnið sprites take up the entirety of the runway screen. It’s delightful. The band are equipped with new instruments, too — Árný, Jói and Stebbi are wielding pivoting crescent moon-shaped keyboards that join together for a “Miracle” Romania 2014 moment during the instrumental bridge. The show ends with a delayed pyro pillar and blast of smoke, adding some subtle (but effective) humour. Daði’s vocals were spot on, too. A brilliant first run that will only get better with time.
Padraig: This is very Daði! We’re treated to a visual delight of retro graphics. We get the characters from their video game and later unicorns and rainbows. As the song progresses the LED becomes a giant gameshow style yellow and pink checkerboard. Three of the gang are playing crescent-shaped keytars which they later join up to form a circle that surrounds them. All six of them seem to be having a great time on stage, and their enthusiasm is infectious. The whole performance ends with a little gag… there’s a brief pause when everything seems to have ended. Then there’s a sudden blast of smoke and pyro.
Reaction to Iceland’s first rehearsal at Eurovision 2021
View this post on Instagram
What do you think? Did Daði og Gagnamagnið live up to your expectations? Let us know in the comments below.
Photos: EBU / ANDRES PUTTING