Mere days before its scheduled premiere on Icelandic national broadcast network RÚV, Daði Freyr’s 2021 Eurovision submission 10 Years has been leaked. The leak occurred within a day of Daði and his team submitting the song to Eurovision officials, with the song been widely distributed online both in Iceland and abroad. Skarphéðinn Guðmundsson, RÚV’s programming director, says the leak is intolerable but Daði’s team is keeping calm and carrying on.
Theft Is Evidence of Public Anticipation
“What happened was we submitted the song on Tuesday, when we were required to submit it to the Eurovision Song Contest. And less than 24 hours later, it’s been leaked, or has leaked to the internet,” Skarphéðinn stated. He adds that the incident was clearly intentional theft and not an accidental leak. “This shows how much anticipation there is when it comes to people wanting to hear these songs. It’s something we can look at positively, there is a lot of anticipation to hear Daði og gagnamagnið’s contribution this year.”
Eurovision Betting May Be a Factor
Skarphéðinn says the leak is impossible to trace, but could have something to do with the extensive gambling that surrounds Eurovision outcomes. “But as I say, it is impossible to trace it and the only thing we can do is keep on keep calm and carry on and Daði is calm, we are calm.” Skarphéðinn says that RÚV is in contact with Eurovision representatives, who have been informed of the leak.
In the meantime, RÚV’s Saturday premiere of the song and accompanying choreography will go ahead as planned, and that is where Skarphéðinn will direct his energy. “We are primarily focusing on offering a show on Saturday where the song and the routine will be revealed in all their glory and we are very excited to be able to do so on this new TV show, Straumur.”